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Templates

 

The Templates are an advanced feature used to map individual hardware components with a specific brand and type ( for example, Cisco 12816 or Juniper Networks M40).

Figure 156: Hardware Model Workflow
Hardware Model Workflow

There are two levels of templates in the Hardware Model feature: Chassis and Card. A Chassis Template defines the number of slots on the chassis and can also designate a slot to be occupied by a card template if so desired. A Card Template defines the number of ports on the card as well as the media type of the ports. When a Chassis Template is applied to a node, that node receives all the properties of the Chassis Template. To view the list of available templates, click on the Tools menu and select Hardware Model Template.

Figure 157: Hardware Model Templates
Hardware Model Templates


Template Actions



When clicking on the Actions button in the templates window, the following options are available:

Action

Description

New Chassis Template

This opens the Chassis Template Builder window, allowing you to create a new chassis template.

New Card Template

This opens the Card Template Builder window, allowing you to create a new chassis template.

Import from Spreadsheet

Import templates from a CSV formatted spreadsheet.

Import from Hardware Equipment Cost

Import templates from the Hardware Equipment Cost window.

Export

Saves the current template information in a CSV formatted spreadsheet file.



Organizing Templates



When right-clicking in the templates window, the following options are available:

Action

Description

Create Category

Creates a new folder in which to organize templates. Note that templates can be dragged and dropped into this new folder.

Create Alias

Creates an alias for the selected template.

Duplicate

Creates a duplicate of a template.

View/Modify

Opens a template to be viewed and modified

Rename

Renames a template

Apply Selected Template

Opens the Apply Template window, allowing you to select a set of nodes to which the selected template is applied.

Delete

Removes a template from the template library



Chassis Template Builder



Figure 158: Chassis Template Builder
Chassis Template Builder

In this window, you can specify the following fields:

  • Vendor/model (select a generic vendor if the desired vendor is unspecified)

  • Chassis name

  • Part number

  • Number of shelves: Currently, only switches are allowed to have more than one shelf. In the future, the program will support multiple shelves for standard routers as well as switches.

  • Description

  • Slot number starts from 1: This options specifies whether the slot number starts at 1 (or 0).

  • Shelf name

  • Number of slots

  • Shelf layout

Once you select the number of shelves, you can select a particular shelf to specify the shelf layout by using the Shelf Index’s previous and next buttons. For a particular shelf name, you can specify the number of slots on that shelf using the up and down arrows next to No. of Slots..

To customize the shelf layout using the available cards, you should select the slot(s) in the shelf layout to which the card is applied. To select a range of shelves, you can click the first shelf and <Shift>-click the last shelf. To select shelves one by one, you can also <Ctrl>-click each additional shelf. Once the shelves have been selected, you should select a card from the Available Card(s) list. If the desired card does not exist, you can create a new card by right clicking in the Available Card(s) list and selecting New Card Template. When both the shelves and the card have been selected, clicking the Set button will assign the selected card to the selected shelves.



Shelf Layout Options



Action

Description

Set

Moves selected card into selected slots

Clear

Erases the cards in selected slots

Select All

Selects all slots

Deselect All

Deselects all slots



Chassis Template Builder Options



Action

Description

Import

Imports template information from an XML file

Apply

When in modify mode, this option is used to apply the template to specific nodes in the network.

Save

Saves the chassis template information in the template library

Save As

Saves the chassis template information as an XML file on the client machine

Help

Brings up the online help for the hardware model chapter



Applying the Template



A selected template can be applied to nodes by pressing the Apply button.

Figure 159: Apply Template
Apply Template

The template is applied to the nodes selected by you in the Router list. To select one at a time, you can click the checkboxes to the left of those nodes. You can also select a range of rows by clicking the first row and shift-clicking the last row. Then you can select or de-select those entries from the right-click menu. Click Apply to have the template applied to selected nodes.

  • Select All: Selects all rows

  • Mark as Selected: Marks selected rows

  • Clear: Clears selected rows

  • Clear All: Clears all rows



Card Template Builder



Figure 160: Card Template Builder
Card Template Builder

You should specify the following fields

  • Apply this template to: Select the vendor here        

  • Card Name: Required field

  • Abbreviation

  • Part Number

  • No. of adapters

  • Max No. of Ports

  • Description

  • CPU/Processor card

  • Ports in Card



Modifying Ports



When a new card is created, the ports are all unassigned. It is up to you to assign specific media types to each port. This is done by selecting the desired ports in the box labeled Ports in Card, specifying the proper settings to the right, and clicking the Change button to apply the settings to the selected ports. Below is a list of the settings available for a port.

  • Port Name

  • Adapter No.

  • Port No.

  • Bandwidth (bps)

  • Port Media: Selecting the Port Media automatically populates the Bandwidth (bps) field



Card Template Builder Options



Action

Description

Import

Imports template information from an XML file

Save

Saves the slot/card template in the template library

Save As

Saves the template information into an XML file on the client machine for later import.



Vendor Hardware Support for Templates



A specific vendor can be specified during chassis or card template creation. The Hardware Model template module supports the following vendors: Cisco, Juniper Networks, Riverstone, Alcatel, Nortel, Tellabs. For all other vendors, this field can be set to Generic.