Configure On-Prem Hosts on Infoblox BloxOne hardwareYou can deploy BloxOne DDI across thousands of sites and reduce the total cost of ownership by leveraging low-cost hardware, virtual appliances, license pooling, and license portability. You can access the BloxOne DDI services by deploying the BloxOne DDI as an on-prem host.
For remote office deployments, you can deploy on-prem hosts on Infoblox appliances, bare-metal containers, or virtual machinesdevices, and VM infrastructures. The communications between BloxOne DDI and the on-prem hosts are encrypted and client visibility is maintained collectively through the Cloud Services Portal.
BloxOne DDI introduces ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning) that streamlines the deployment of on-prem hosts. You no longer need to pre-provision or create on-prem hosts and copy API keys through the Cloud Services Portal while deploying BloxOne appliances. BloxOne DDI now automatically detects the BloxOne physical appliances that you purchase through Infoblox. It also uses a secure join token mechanism to authenticate and deploy virtual appliances that you configure in your VM environments. For information about deployment options, see Deploying BloxOne DDI.
When you purchase a BloxOne appliance from Infoblox, the serial number of your appliance is associated with your user account and automatically uploaded to BloxOne DDI and your appliance is visible through the Cloud Services Portal. This eliminates the need to manually create an on-prem host and copy the API key from the Cloud Services Portal before setting up your appliance.
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Before you configure a virtual machine as an on-prem host, you must first create a join token and use it to authenticate the host, so BloxOne DDI can establish a connection to the host. For information about join tokens and how to manage them, see Managing Join Tokens. Once you set up the virtual appliance using a valid join token, a connection to BloxOne DDI is established, and the host status changes to Active (if the host and all the services running on it are functioning properly). The on-prem host is now a fully manageable device, and you can manage it through the Cloud Services Portal.