AANTS - How Do I Become an AANTS (Authorized Agent Network Tool Suite) Admin

Describes the procedure for enrolling in AANTS Training and getting a NIC Handle added to the WiscNIC database. This is required in order to access the WiscNIC search and update scripts.


AANTS is the Authorized Agent Network Tool Suite used to configure networking equipment. Authorized Agents are required to attend training before accessing the AANTS tools.

Authorized Agents are granted permission to use AANTS via their campus NetID, a NIC Handle stored in the WiscNIC DataBase, and having that NIC Handle placed as one of the contact types on the VLAN and Subnet records associated with the equipment they are allowed to manage.

Having a WiscNIC NIC Handle is a requirement to use the WiscNIC Search and WiscNIC Update scripts, as well as AANTS. WiscNIC NIC Handles need to be validated once a year to remain active. They are validated via the WiscNICUpdate tool.

Authorized Agents will receive a reminder email once a year with a link to WiscNICUpdate, and three additional monthly reminders, before having access disabled. For right now, you just need to know how to register for class (which gets you added to WiscNIC as a side effect), or how to request being added to WiscNIC, which gets you a NIC Handle and WiscNIC access, but not AANTS access.

To Register For AANTS Training:

Follow this KB Article: https://it.wisc.edu/services/training-faculty-staff/

To Get Yourself Added to the WiscNIC DataBase:

The PT&E Training is being reworked so that attendees of the class are automatically added to the WiscNIC Database before attending the class. In the interim, PT&E submits class rosters to the aants-admin team and they are manually added. If you need to get your netid added to the WiscNIC DataBase for some other reason, please fill out the following and either submit a Jira case to the AANTS Team, or call the helpdesk and ask them to open a case, or work with Operational Engineering (openg@lists.wisc.edu)

person: Your name as you want it to appear in AANTS, usually the same as the campus directory
netid: this must be correct in order to use campus single sign in
supervisor: name and email, we need to contact them before adding you
phone1: preferred work phone number
date of AANTS Training signed up for YYYY-MM-DD: 2015-07-21

Keywords:AANTS, WiscNIC, firewall contact, technical contact, administrative contact, security contact, admin-c, tech-c, sec-c, VLAN, Subnet   Doc ID:54143
Owner:Mark T.Group:Network Services
Created:2015-07-20 16:40 CDTUpdated:2018-03-01 15:18 CDT
Sites:Network Services, Systems & Network Control Center
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