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Configuring SRX Series Device Templates

 

Support for Configuring SRX Series Device Templates is supported in Juniper Identity Management Service Release 1.1 and later.

You can develop one or more templates in Juniper Identity Management Service to support the grouping of client configurations to facilitate the configuration of multiple SRX Series devices. A template is a way to share common configuration attributes across items within a homogeneous collection without having to re-enter those attributes for each configuration instance. Templates allow configurations to share common data.

A template provides default settings that can be referenced to create an instance. A special ID provides a single reference that is utilized by multiple configuration items within a type of collection (for example, SRX Series clients).

For example, you can specify a username and password in a template, and assign that template across all SRX Series devices that require the same login credentials. Utilizing a template allows you to copy the configuration and only re-enter the password for the specific template.

Note the following considerations when using templates:

  • The IP address or server name is not included in the template since they would not be common across multiple items.

  • It is not necessary that a template contain all attributes; the design works with a subset of attributes, such that the attributes not provided in the template will need to be provided in the configuration that utilizes the template.

Note

A template cannot be later applied to an SRX Series client that has been created without a template. The fields in the template will not override the original fields configured for the SRX Series client without a template. If you want to use the template fields, delete the original fields configured for an SRX Series client.

This section includes the following topics:

Creating an SRX Series Device Template

To create an SRX Series device template:

  1. In the navigation pane, select Clients. Click the SRX Clients tab.
  2. In the SRX Configured Templates pane (bottom pane), click Add. The Add SRX Template Configuration dialog box appears.

    If you want to pre-populate the template information in the Add SRX Template Configuration dialog box with attributes from an existing template, click an existing template in the SRX Configured Templates list to select it, and then hold down the Shift key while pressing Add. The attribute values from the selected template appear in the Add SRX Template Configuration dialog box with a yellow background. You will need to enter a name for this new template.

  3. Complete the SRX Series device configuration as described in Configuring the Connection to an SRX Series Device.Note

    If a template name is already in use in the JIMS server, the background will turn red. If the name is unique, the background will turn green.

    Note the following about templates:

    • Template fields can be left blank. In this case, the field will need to be defined in the client configuration utilizing the template.

    • Check box buttons display a black box if that check box is unused. This behavior is valid for templates if you do not want to specify a default value.

    • Once a template has been created with a specific name, that name cannot be modified. The Edit SRX Template Configuration page will display the name as a read-only text field.

    • If you want to delete a template, ensure sure that the template is no longer in use before you delete it. You will receive an error from the JIMS server if you attempt to delete a template that is still in use.

  4. Click OK to save the settings. The new template appears in the SRX Configured Templates list.

Modifying an SRX Series Device Template

To modify an SRX Series device template:

Note

Modifying an SRX Series device template also changes the clients that use the template.

  1. In the navigation pane, select Clients. Click the SRX Clients tab.
  2. In the SRX Configured Templates pane (bottom pane), click Edit. The Edit SRX Template Configuration page appears.

    The attribute values from the selected template appear in the Edit SRX Template Configuration dialog box with a yellow background. If it is a default value, the value appears with a blue background.

  3. Modify the SRX Series device configuration as described in Configuring the Connection to an SRX Series Device.Note

    Once a template has been created with a specific name, that name cannot be modified. The Edit SRX Template Configuration page will display the name as a read-only text field.

  4. Click OK to save the settings. The modified template appears in the SRX Configured Templates list.

Selecting a Template for Configuring SRX Clients

To select a template for the configuration of multiple SRX clients:

  1. In the navigation pane, select Clients. Click the SRX Clients tab.
  2. In the SRX Configured Clients pane (top pane), click Add. The Add SRX Client Configuration dialog box appears.
  3. Select an existing template from the Template drop-down list. You can either keep the template values or make modifications.
  4. To make modifications to the values from the selected template, see Configuring the Connection to an SRX Series Device.Note

    Values with a light blue background represent default values. These values can be overridden as needed.

  5. Click OK to save the settings. The selected template appears in the SRX Configured Client list.