Technical Documentation

Port Profile Overview

In Junos Space, a port profile is a pre-defined set of configuration parameters that were created based on Juniper-defined best practices, which when configured on to a port, allows it to play a specific role on the network. Port profiles apply a set of commands to the port that defines its role thereby simplifying the configuration job on the port. Junos Space also allows you to customize certain parameters of these port profiles, such as bandwidth, broadcast limit, and so on based on your network requirements. By using the port profile work flow provided in Junos Space, you can simultaneously configure a number of ports with specific network connection roles. You can choose to apply these profiles to one or more ports of one device at a time, or to one or more ports of a group of devices that belong to the same platform.

For example, consider that there are twenty-five EX3200-48T devices in a branch office or headquarters campus network and you want to configure the ports ge-/0/0/0 to ge-/0/0/7 as desktop and phone ports, and the ports ge-0/0/8 to ge-0/0/47 as desktop ports and the ports xe-0/1/0, xe-0/1/1 as switched uplink ports. You can use the provision port profiles feature to select the devices you want to provision to, group them according to model type (which, in this case, is EX3200-48T), select the ports and the port profiles that you want to apply to the selected ports, and then apply that configuration to all the EX3200-48T devices in that network. Thus, by using the port profiles feature, you are able to manage and deploy an entire enterprise network just as easily as you would manage and deploy a single device.

Junos Space provides you with six predefined port profiles which are based on the network components that you want to connect to the switch port. Junos Space also provides you with a workflow where you can customize the CoS settings and Ethernet switching options of these predefined port profiles based on your network requirements. The description of these six port profiles and the settings that are available for customization is provided in Table 1.

Table 1: Port Profile Descriptions and Customization Options

Port Profile

Description and Customization Options

Desktop Port

A desktop port enables you to connect a desktop to a switch port. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as the VLAN, port security, and RSTP settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a desktop port profile, see Desktop Port Profile CLI .

The customizing options that are available for this profile are:

  • General Settings.
  • Ethernet Switching Options.

For more information on customizing options, see Creating Customized Port Profiles.

For more information on customizing a desktop port profile, see Creating a Customized Desktop Port Profile.

Desktop and Phone Port

A desktop and phone port enables you to connect a desktop and phone port to a switch port. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as port security, RSTP, and CoS settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a desktop and phone port profile, see Desktop and Phone Port Profile CLI .

The customizing options that are available for this profile are:

  • General Settings.
  • CoS Settings.
  • Ethernet Switching Options.

For more information on customizing options, see Creating Customized Port Profiles.

For more information on customizing a desktop and phone port profile, see Creating a Customized Desktop and Phone Port Profile

Switched Uplink Port

A switched uplink port enables you to connect a switch port on the access layer to a switch port on another access layer switch or to a switch port on the upper (distribution or core) layer. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as VLAN, port security, and CoS settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a switched uplink port profile, see Switched Uplink Port Profile CLI .

The customizing options that are available for this profile are:

  • General Settings.
  • CoS Settings.

For more information on customizing options, see Creating Customized Port Profiles.

For more information on customizing a switched uplink port profile, see Creating a Customized Switched Uplink Port Profile.

Switched Downlink Port

A switched downlink port enables you to connect desktops and phones in a campus or branch environment, or servers in a data center environment. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as VLAN, port security, and CoS settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a switched downlink port profile, see Switched Downlink Port Profile CLI .

The customizing options that are available for this profile are:

  • General Settings.
  • CoS Settings.

For more information on customizing options, see Creating Customized Port Profiles.

For more information on customizing a switched downlink port profile, see Creating a Customized Switched Downlink Port Profile.

Server Port

A server port is a trunk port that enables users from multiple VLANs to connect to a machine with virtual servers. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as VLAN, RSTP, and CoS settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a server port profile, see Server Port Profile CLI .

The customizing options that are available for this profile are:

  • General Settings.
  • CoS Settings.
  • Ethernet Switching Options.

For more information on customizing options, see Creating Customized Port Profiles.

For more information on customizing a server port profile, see Creating a Customized Server Port Profile.

Wireless Access Point Port

A wireless access point port enables you to connect a wireless access point, which is a device that allows wireless communication devices to connect to a wireless network using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or related standards, to a switch port. By applying this profile to the port, you are configuring settings such as VLAN, RSTP, and CoS settings.

For more information about the CLI commands used in a wireless access point port profile, see Wireless Access Point Port Profile CLI .

Note: Junos Space does not allow you to customize a wireless access point port profile.

The landing page of the Port Profile workflow is the Port Profiles page which displays all the Juniper defined and user defined port profiles. You can choose to view them in either the tabular view or image view. When viewing in tabular form, the port profiles that have either as S overlay icon at the bottom right corner of the icon or a C overlay icon. An S overlay icon means that the indicated port profile is one of the six system defined port profiles. AC overlay icon means that the indicated port profile was created by a user i.e. user-defined or customized. The table displays the names of all the port profiles along with their creator’s name and a description of the port profile.


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From this page you can modify and delete existing port profiles. You can also use this page to navigate to the View Port Associations page which displays the devices that are associated with the selected port profile, and the VLANs that are associated with the ports on those devices. If you want to view details of the port profile, double click the port profile. This opens the Port Profile Summary dialog box which displays the various settings of that port profile. An example of a desktop port profile summary is as follows.

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Using these Juniper predefined port profiles, you can perform one or more of the following actions:

Note: You can only modify or delete customized port profiles. These actions are not enabled for predefined port profiles.


Published: 2010-03-12