Model Manager Server Updates

The Model Manager server now includes a web-based asset management system and built-in support for Transport Layer Security (HTTPS), external authentication with AD/LDAP, and reverse proxy-based authentication. It is also now possible to connect to a Model Manager server with a CPU-locked license (CPU) or named single-user license (NSL). These improvements, introduced with Model Manager server version 6.0 update 2, are included in version 6.1 with additional upgrades. These include improved database administration tools and the ability to choose among active databases. Read more about these updates below.

Web-Based Asset Management System

The Model Manager server now includes a web-based asset management system1 that COMSOL Multiphysics® users can use to link models and simulation results to various documents, presentations, project notes, and slides, as well as other supplementary files and metadata. Using the asset management system provides a simplified way of sharing such files and metadata with individuals in your organization who may not have access to the COMSOL Multiphysics® software — all while keeping everything in the same database that stores the models.

The Model Manager server asset management system opened in a web browser. The Model Manager server asset management system is accessible from a web browser. Users can add, manage, and view assets related to their modeling and simulation projects from this system.

For more information, visit the Model Manager Features and Functionality page.

Built-In Support for HTTPS and External and Reverse Proxy-Based Authentication

Setting up HTTPS, external authentication with AD/LDAP, and reverse proxy-based authentication is now directly supported within the system administration web interface.1

The Model Manager server opened in a web browser showing the Edit Connector settings. Add a custom connector with a trusted certificate to set up HTTPS for the Model Manager server.
The Model Manager server opened in a web browser showing the External Authentication settings. External authentication supports Windows® authentication or LDAP to log in to the Model Manager server.
The Model Manager server opened in a web browser showing the Edit Proxy Authentication settings. Configure reverse proxy-based authentication to delegate authentication to a proxy server in front of the Model Manager server.

Connect COMSOL Multiphysics® to the Model Manager Server with CPU and NSL Licenses

In addition to the previously available support for floating network licenses (FNL), COMSOL Multiphysics® can now connect to a Model Manager server with CPU or NSL licenses.1

Connecting to a server database via a Model Manager server.

Improved Database Administration Tools

It is now possible to set up user management and access control for a server database from the database administration web interface.1

Configuring users, groups, database permissions, and permission templates for a database in the web interface.

New Asset Attribute Types

The asset management system includes two new attribute value types, Link and File version. Link enables you to link assets to resources such as web pages or other internal systems. With File version, you can link to files and filesets stored in the database, similarly to how you would use the existing Model version value type to link model versions. File version also provides the option to download the linked data.

The Model Manager server opened in a web browser showing the Add Primitive Attribute settings. Adding a Link primitive attribute for linking to other resources, such as web pages.

Choose Among Active Databases

If more than one active database has been configured on a Model Manager server, the current database can now be selected in the top bar of the web interface. The default database configuration is set from the system administration pages. Currently, COMSOL Multiphysics® always connects to the default database.

Switching between two active databases.


1 This feature was released in the COMSOL® software version 6.0 update 2.

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