Although you use the Operations Console and the Security Console to administer RSA Authentication Manager, there are times when you need to access the appliance operating system to perform the following advanced administration tasks:
Run RSA Authentication Manager command line utilities (CLUs).
Stop and start Authentication Manager services.
Troubleshoot appliance problems.
You can access the appliance operating system with a secure shell (SSH) client, a software application that uses SSH to connect with a remote computer. The client is installed on a local computer that has a network connection to the appliance. Before you can access the appliance operating system through an SSH client, you must enable SSH on the appliance.
You can also access the operating system on a virtual appliance with the VMware vSphere Client, the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Manager Console, or the Hyper-V Manager.
You can define session lifetime settings for logging on to the appliance operating system. Session lifetime is an important security feature because it prevents administrators from keeping sessions open indefinitely, leaving them vulnerable to unauthorized access. The session lifetime settings apply when you access the operating system with an SSH client, the VMware vSphere Client, the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Manager Console, or the Hyper-V Manager.
An operating system account password is required to access the operating system directly or through SSH.