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Profiles in Network Director

Profiles in Network Director are a group of feature-specific configurations that can you assign to devices. For example, you can create a CoS profile that combines all the supported class-of-service configurations for a particular device family, and assign it to a port on a device.

There are three ways in which profiles can be created in Network Director:

  • You can create a new profile for an interface or device by defining the custom configuration. You can use the Tasks pane in Build mode to manually create profiles. For more details, see Create Profiles.
  • Network Director automatically creates profiles based on the configuration information read by the brownfield process. This is applicable when a device with supported configuration is discovered in Network Director. For more information, see Brownfield Deployment in Network Director.
  • Network Director automatically creates profiles when a supported configuration of a device that is already discovered and managed by Network Director is modified outside Network Director (also known as out-of-band configuration changes). For more information, see Understanding Resynchronization of Device Configuration.

Following are some advantages of using profiles:

  • Bulk provisioning—You can combine a group of configurations as a profile and apply it to one or more ports or devices in one go, thereby saving a lot of time and effort. Profiles ensure that the configurations are error-free as most configuration value ranges are set in the profile workflow. Network Director prompts the user if there are any errors. You must fix the errors before you can create a profile.
  • Editing—For profiles that are already deployed on devices, if you want to make changes to the configuration values, you can modify the configuration values in the profile and redeploy the profile. Network Director updates the new configuration value on each device where the profile is deployed.
  • Cloning—If you already have a set of profiles defined for your network and want to apply a different configuration for a set of devices or ports in your network, you use the clone feature. The clone feature enables you to make a copy of any profile and make the necessary modifications. You can then apply these to devices and ports that require the different set of configuration.

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Modified: 2016-12-18