Create and Manage Ziti Endpoints

Overview

This article applies to NetFoundry networks version 7 or higher. The network version is visible in the lower portion of the left sidebar in the NetFoundry Console.

This guide goes over the specifics of creating and managing Ziti Endpoints in the NetFoundry Console. Creating an Endpoint is the first step in getting your AppWAN created. Ziti is an open-source secure networking framework that is maintained by NetFoundry. Visit that project at Ziti.dev

A Ziti Endpoint may be created in an existing Ziti Network. You may go back to Create and Manage Ziti Networks if necessary.  

Your Choice: SDK or Tunneler

You may customize your apps with the Ziti Endpoint SDK so that they may join your network directly, or you may tether them to your network with Tunneler. Connecting your app directly to your network as an endpoint has significant advantages.

  • create a truly zero-trust distributed system from the start
  • host an invisible server in your custom app that's instantly accessible only to authorized endpoints
  • deploy clients and servers anywhere without any dependence upon network infrastructure and configuration beyond a commodity internet circuit
Ziti is an open-source secure networking framework that is maintained by NetFoundry. Know more about the Ziti endpoint SDK for your preferred programming language and stack by visiting the Open Ziti project site.

Create a Ziti Endpoint

To get started with creating your Ziti Endpoint, navigate to Network Settings → Manage Endpoints. From there, click the blue plus-sign in the upper right-hand corner to create a new Endpoint.

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On the 'Create a New Endpoint' screen, you'll see fields for a name and attributes, along with a registration key to download. A unique name is needed to create an Endpoint. Next, either select from your list of already created attributes, or create a new one. If you have endpoint attributes already created, you'll need to click on the field to populate the list of attributes to choose from. When creating a new one, hit 'return' or 'enter' to populate the attribute. 

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Once you've filled in all fields, click 'create' and you'll be brought to a new screen like this. 

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If you have chosen to use Tunneler for this endpoint then you will follow these instructions to enroll Tunneler as your endpoint, and your endpoint will show up as 'Enrolled'. For you endpoint to function properly, your Edge Router must be provisioned. You can check this status on the Manage Edge Routers page, under the 'Type' column. You will see 'Provisioned', 'Provisioning', 'New', or 'Deleting' in that column. Provisioning can take a few minutes but once that has completed, your endpoints, and services, AppWANs, etc... should function as expected. 

With your endpoint created you may wish to go ahead to Create and Manage Ziti Edge Routers.

Manage Your Ziti Endpoints

To manage your existing Ziti Endpoint, navigate to Manage Endpoints. You can click on an Endpoint row to edit it or use the ellipsis menu at the end of each row to take actions on the individual Endpoint. Use the select bubbles in the first column of the table to select multiple endpoints for bulk delete.

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When editing an existing endpoint, the screen will look the same as the 'Create a New Endpoint' screen, except that you'll click 'Update' to finish editing your Endpoint, instead of create. 

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