Conversion Utility for VLACLs
With the introduction of the Very Large Access Control List (VLACL), Mobile Manager has dramatically increased an organization?s ability to restrict wireless network access based on the MAC address of a mobile device. However, until recently, the only way to create a VLACL was to manually type each MAC address into the list for each Agent. A new utility has been developed which allows users to import VLACLs from standard text files. These text files can be created either manually, or by exporting from a previously-existing Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This solution requires the utility executable: MacAddrConv.exe. The result is a custom AgentVlacl.cfg file that defines the VLACL for the Agent. PREREQUISITES To employ this utility, the user must meet the following prerequisites: ?The user has downloaded the MacAddrConv.exe executable. ?The user has either a text file or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that contains the MAC addresses that will be added to the VLACL.
The following steps describe how to use the MacAddrConv.exe utility to import MAC address into a VLACL. To import VLACL settings using the MacAddrConv.ext utility:
1. Verify that the text file that contains the MAC addresses is formatted correctly. The text file must have each MAC address separated by either a newline, carriage return, tab, semicolon, or comma character. If the MAC addresses reside in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, the fastest method to create this text file is to use the Save As option to save the spreadsheet as a text file. However, if data other than MAC addresses (including column headings) are in the spreadsheet, it is recommended you select the MAC addresses from the spreadsheet, select Copy from the Edit menu, paste the data into a text editor such as Notepad, then save the file.
2. Open a DOS prompt and navigate to the directory in which the MacAddrConv.exe utility resides.
3. Run the utility using the following syntax: MacAddrConv.exe [destination file name] NOTE: The destination file name must be AgentVlacl.cfg. This file name is also used if a file name is not specified in the second parameter.
4. Confirm that the AgentVlacl.cfg file was created correctly. If the file was not created correctly, an Error.log file is generated, which lists the errors that occurred during the conversion process. You must fix these errors in the text file before continuing with importing the MAC addresses into Mobile Manager. NOTE: Duplicate entries are automatically removed by the utility.
5. Stop the Agent that will receive the new VLACL settings. See the Mobile Manager Users Guide for more information on stopping Agents.
6. Copy the AgentVlacl.cfg file to the Program folder within the Mobile Manager directory. By default, this directory is C:\Program Files\Wavelink\MM\Program. 7. Restart the Agent.
8. If you have not already done so, open the Mobile Manager Administrator.
9. Right-click the Agent from the Network Tree window and select Agent Properties from the menu that appears.
10. In the Agent Properties dialog box that appears, click the VLACL tab. This tab contains a list of the MAC addresses you imported using the MacAddrConv.exe utility.
11. Enable the Enable VLACL checkbox.
12. Click Apply. If you want other Agents to use the same VLACL settings, you can copy the AgentVlacl.cfg file to the Program folder within the Mobile Manager directory for each Agent on the network. RELATED DOCUMENTS Additional information on VLACL and other Mobile Manager features can be found in the Mobile Manager Users Guide.