Enabling authentication in OpsCenter

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OpsCenter offers granular, role-based permission control for user and role management. By default, authentication is disabled. The first time authentication is enabled, a default admin account is created with username admin and password admin.

If you enable OpsCenter authentication, DataStax strongly recommends enabling SSL communication between OpsCenter and the agents.

Changing the default admin password is strongly recommended the first time you log in.

OpsCenter allows you to build your own authentication connectors to third-party authentication systems. Use the resources in the auth directory of your OpsCenter server installation:

  • API documentation: opscenter-auth-docs-opscenter_version.tgz

  • Framework SDK JAR file: opscenter-auth-api-opscenter_version.jar

The location of the auth directory depends on the type of installation:

  • Package installations: /usr/share/opscenter/auth

  • Tarball installations: installation_location/opscenter/auth


  1. Locate the opscenterd.conf file. The location of this file depends on the type of installation:

    • Package installations: /etc/opscenter/opscenterd.conf

    • Tarball installations: install_location/conf/opscenterd.conf

  2. Edit the opscenterd.conf file and enable authentication.

    Set enabled=True in the [authentication] section.

  3. Restart OpsCenter.

  4. Open the OpsCenter user interface in a browser.

  5. Enter the default username of admin and the password admin.

    If pluggable authentication is enabled, the default username and password will vary based on the information used when pluggable authentication was enabled.

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