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Create Profiles

You can create profiles for the various configurations that you want to apply to your network devices. The profile configuration settings might vary depending upon the device family (hardware family of the device) you select. The device families for which you can create profiles in Network Director are:

  • Switching (EX)
  • Campus Switching ELS (Enhanced Layer 2 Software)
  • Data Center Switching Non-ELS
  • Data Center Switching ELS

After you create the necessary profiles, you can associate these profile with devices by either directly assigning a profile to a device (or to ports or radios on the device) or by referencing the profile in another profile.

When you assign a profile to a device, you can configure certain device-specific parameters. For example, when you assign a VLAN profile to a device, you can configure the IP address for that VLAN on that device. Similarly when you assign a Port profile for a Layer 3 interface to the interface, you can configure the IP address for that interface.

Watch this video-based tutorial to know more about how profiles are created in Network Director.

Video 2: Building and Deploying VLAN Profiles in Network Director.

When you assign a profile through referencing, that is, you do not assign them directly to network devices, instead they are referenced from other profiles that are, in turn, assigned to network devices. For example, the settings in the CoS, Filter, and Authentication profiles are assigned indirectly to a port by the including these profiles in the Port profile.

Creating and Managing Profiles

Creating and managing profiles involves the following tasks:

  1. Creating a new profile by clicking Add, and selecting the device family for which you want to create the profile, and clicking OK.
  2. Modifying an existing profile by selecting it and clicking Edit.
  3. Associating a profile to specific interfaces by selecting it and clicking Assign. During the assignment process, you can choose to configure interface-specific settings, such as IP address.
  4. Changing a profile’s current interface assignments by selecting it and clicking Edit Assignments. This opens the Edit assignments for profile-name page, which displays the assignment state and other details of the interfaces in a grid layout. After editing an assignment, click Apply.

  5. Viewing information about a profile, including the interfaces it is associated with, by selecting the profile and clicking Details or by clicking the profile name, which opens the Profiles Details page. This page displays the profile details and the interface associations in a grid layout. It also has an option using which you can search for the profiles associated with a device and filter interfaces. Click Show Filters to filter an interface based on its IP address, serial number, type, or location or custom group.
  6. Deleting profiles by selecting the profiles and clicking Delete.
  7. Cloning a profile by clicking the profile and clicking Clone.

For detailed steps for profile management tasks, see Assigning Profiles to an Interface, Device, or a Group of Devices.

Creating Device Profiles

Network Director enables you to configure device-level settings for switches in the Device Common Settings profile page. Once you create the profiles, you can,

  • assign the profiles to a single switch or multiple switches.
  • assign the profiles to a single controller or multiple controllers.
  • deploy the profiles by using the Deploy mode tasks.

Network Director also creates Device Common Settings profiles when it discovers devices. It creates a Device Common Settings profile for each device it discovers, importing the device-level settings from the device into the profile. While configuring a profile, you can specify the basic settings, which include the profile name, device user list, and time settings. Apart from the basic settings, you can optionally specify the management and protocol settings too.

Device profile creation and management involves the following tasks:

  1. Completing the management settings and protocol settings for the selected device family described in Creating and Managing Device Common Settings.
  2. Once a Device Common Settings profile is created or discovered (system-created profile), assigning it to devices by using the steps described in Assigning Device Common Settings to Devices.

Creating and Managing Port Profiles

Port profiles provide a way to provision multiple switch interfaces, including Ethernet interfaces on EX Series switches, Campus Switching ELS, Data Center Switching devices, and Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces on Data Center Switching devices. In a Port profile, you can define a set of attributes to be shared by multiple interfaces and configure as well as select the in-line profiles such as the VLAN, CoS, Authentication, Filter, and VRRP profiles.

Port profiles define only shared attributes. To enable you to configure specific attributes for an interface or a switch during the process of assigning a Port profile to an interface, the Create Port profile wizard provides two setup options: Quick Setup and Custom Setup.

  1. Use the Quick Setup option to:
    • Create the default configuration settings for a Port profile.
    • Select or create an in-line VLAN profile.
    • Configure advanced settings and other profiles, such as CoS, Authentication, Filter, and VRRP profiles with their default values.
  2. Use the Custom Setup option to further configure the advanced settings and modify the default configuration settings of the other profiles.

    Note: While configuring the in-line profiles in Port profiles, you can either configure or select a CoS profile, VLAN profile, and Authentication profile; however you will be only able to select a Filter and the VRRP profile.

Creating Access and RADIUS Profiles

Once you configure or select the in-line profiles in the Port profile, configure the Access and RADIUS profiles to provide centralized access to the network.

  1. Create and manage RADIUS profiles to configure RADIUS server settings by selecting the RADIUS option under Profiles.
  2. Create and manage Access profiles and specify servers to be used by the user accounting purposes by selecting the Access option under Profiles.
  3. Assign these profiles to the Port profiles by clicking Edit Assignment in Port profiles.

Viewing Assigned Profiles to a Device

The View Assigned Profiles page lists all the profiles associated with a selected device or with an object such as ports, access points, or radios within that device. To view the profiles assigned to a device, you must have the profiles already assigned to the devices, ports, access points, or radios within that device. Only those profiles that are assigned to a specified object are displayed in the Profiles Assigned to the Device page.

In addition to displaying profiles assigned to objects, the Profiles Assigned to Device page also shows link aggregation groups (LAGs) assigned to devices.

To view the assigned profiles to a particular device:

  1. While in Build mode, select an EX Series switch from the Switching Network cabinet in the left navigation tree.
  2. Select Logical, Location, or Device under Views.
  3. Select View Assigned Profiles under Tasks > Device Management.

    The Profiles Assigned to the Device page displays a list of profiles that are already assigned to the selected device.

Related Documentation

Modified: 2016-12-18