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Provision to Choose Perimeter Server in SSH KEY GRABBER and SSL Certificate GRABBER in UI and Exposing this service via REST API

  • Guest
  • Apr 2 2019
  • Delivered
What is your industry? Aerospace & Defense
How will this idea be used?

SSH KEY Gabber and SSL Certificate Gabber utilities are primarily used by connection analysts to grab the known host keys and certificate chain. These utilities are also used to test the connectivity with the trading partner servers. Depending on the server location (internal to the enterprise or external, on the internet) they would need to choose the respective perimeter server to grab the SSH KEY and SSL Certificates. Giving this selection to the user in the respective user interface would save a lot of time and effort. The process today is really cumbersome and multiple connection analysts cannot use it at the same time, on top of it additional permissions to deployment/services menu is necessary, sometimes adjusting the adapter configuration making the adapter to go to disable state and that is causing the ICC to send an unnecessary alert to operation groups.

Partner on-boarding automation is our and our customer vision, exposing this via REST API would helps that vision.

Also, one other observation after playing with these tools. If the grabber fails the underlying BP is going to "halted" state which is an additional work for operations team to clean them from the system. As a best practice we recommend our customers to code a BP to go to "completed" state even a step fails but we don't follow the same logic in the product?

  • Guest commented
    18 Dec, 2020 04:10pm

    Great Job, The team I worked with will be very happy. Both the connectional analysts and the trading partners will have better onboarding experiences. Thank you....

  • Guest commented
    10 Apr, 2019 01:14pm

    For anybody encountering this issue, our workaround was to make a duplicate of the SSHKeyGrabberAdapter and SSLCertGrabberAdapter, configure the original adapter to use a perimeter server and the new copy to use the "local" perimeter server.  Then we modified the SSHKeyGrabberProcess and SSLCertGrabberAdapterBP BPs to add an onFault which retries the grabber attempt using the other service.  That way for any key / cert grabber attempt it will try both with and without the perimeter server.

     

    However I agree with the original post, this functionality should be easily available through the UI and REST APIs without the need to jump through these additional hoops.

  • Guest commented
    2 Apr, 2019 02:28pm

    Our company has a competing product has this feature, their team was shocked we did not have this utility.

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