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    Managing Cloud Infrastructure

    You can view information about all the cloud infrastructures managed by Network Director in the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page. Network Director uses information from each cloud infrastructure to create an inventory view with a detailed list of all the elements in each cloud network.

    While in Build mode with Datacenter View selected, from the Tasks pane, click Manage Cloud Infrastructure from the Cloud Infrastructure Management menu to open the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page.

    You can do the following from the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page:

    View the Cloud Infrastructure for a Data Center

    To view the cloud infrastructure details:

    1. While in Build mode with Datacenter View selected, select a data center from the Datacenter View pane and from the Tasks pane, click Manage Cloud Infrastructure from the Datacenter Management menu. The Manage Cloud Infrastructure page opens.
    2. Table 1 describes the fields that are displayed in the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page.

      Table 1: Manage Cloud Infrastructure page Field Descriptions




      Name of the cloud infrastructure provider.

      IP Address/Host Name

      Hostname or the IP address of the cloud infrastructure.


      Port that Network Director uses to connect to the cloud infrastructure.


      Type of cloud infrastructure. Type can be VMware vCenter, OpenStack, or OpenStack NSX.


      Version of software that is running on the cloud infrastructure server,

      Connection Status

      Current status of the connection between Network Director and the cloud infrastructure.

      Sync Status

      Status of the previous synchronization job. Click this field to view details about the previous synchronization job in the Synchronization Status window.

      Orchestration Mode

      The orchestration mode that is set for the vCenter network. Orchestration mode can be Enable Orchestration, Disable Orchestration and Remove Existing, or Disable Orchestration.

      Orchestration mode is applicable only for cloud infrastructures of type vCenter. For any other type of cloud infrastructure, this field displays Not Applicable.

      Last Orchestration

      Status of the previous orchestration job. Click this field to view details about the previous orchestration job in the Orchestration Status window.

    Open VMware vSphere Web Client

    You can open the VMware vSphere Web Client from Network Director. The vSphere Web Client enables you to connect to a vCenter Server to manage one or more ESXi hosts through your browser. The vSphere Web Client opens in a new tab or window depending on your browser settings.

    To open the Web Client for a vCenter, select the vCenter server from the View pane and click Inventory >Launch vSphere Web View from the Tasks pane.

    Network Director opens the vSphere Web Client in a separate tab or window.

    Modify Cloud Infrastructure Details

    You can modify some of the details of an existing cloud infrastructure.

    To modify credentials for a cloud infrastructure:

    1. Select the cloud infrastructure that you want to modify and click Edit.

      The Edit Cloud Infrastructure dialog box is displayed.

    2. Modify the necessary fields. You can modify the port, username, and password for each cloud service provider.
    3. Click Modify to submit the changes that you made.

      After you click Modify, Network Director verifies if the server is accessible using the modified details. If the connection is not successful, then Network Director does not save the details.

    Configure Orchestration Mode

    Orchestration applies aggregated VLAN configurations of the required port groups to the appropriate ports of the physical switch including the link aggregation group (LAG) ports. Using Network Director, you can seamlessly orchestrate across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure elements.

    Each virtual switch, depending on the switch type, can span across one or more hosts and is configured to have a minimum of one uplink port for each host. A distributed virtual switch can span multiple hosts, whereas a standalone virtual switch is associated with only one host. A virtual switch comprises one or more port groups, each of which is a collection of ports. Each of these ports can, in turn, be associated with a virtual machine (VM) or host kernel. Traffic coming from these ports is sent out of one of the uplink ports of the virtual switch, which is configured on the same host on which the virtual machine (VM) or kernel resides.

    Each physical NIC in a host is connected to an access port in the physical switch. Any configuration or restrictions that needs to be applied to the physical NIC to manage traffic is applied to the access port of the physical switch.

    Note: You cannot configure orchestration for cloud infrastructures that use OpenStack or a combination of OpenStack and NSX.

    To set the orchestration mode operable on a cloud infrastructure:

    1. Select a cloud infrastructure from the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page and click Configure Orchestration.

      The Orchestration Mode dialog box is displayed.

    2. Select one of the following orchestration mode for the selected cloud infrastructure:
      • Enable Orchestration—Network Director performs VLAN orchestration on the physical switch ports automatically.
      • Disable Orchestration—Disables orchestration, but retains the current orchestrations. No new orchestrations will be done.
      • Disable Orchestration and Remove Existing—Network Director removes all the existing orchestrations and no new orchestrations will be done.

      Note: While modifying the orchestration mode, Network Director enables you to change the status from Enable Orchestration to Disable Orchestration and Remove Existing, and not from Disable Orchestration to Disable Orchestration and Remove Existing. However, you can change the status from Disable Orchestration and Remove Existing to either Enable Orchestration or to Disable Orchestration.

    3. Click OK to set the cloud infrastructure to the orchestration mode you prefer.

      Network Director displays a message to indicate the successful modification of the orchestration mode.

    Network Director tracks the status of orchestration by using an orchestration job. After an orchestration job is completed successfully, you must manually resynchronize the physical switch’s configuration with Network Director. If the system of record (SOR) mode set for the Junos Space Network Management Platform is:

    • Network as system of record (NSOR), then performing a resynchronization ensures that Junos Space automatically resynchronizes its configuration record to match the device configuration and sets the device configuration state to In Sync when the synchronization completes. For more details, see Resynchronizing Device Configuration.
    • Junos Space as system of record (SSOR), then you must perform a resynchronization and accept the out-of-band changes. Both the Junos Space configuration record and the Network Director Build mode configuration are resynchronized to reflect the out-of-band configuration changes. For more details, see Resynchronizing Device Configuration

    Delete Cloud Infrastructure

    You can dissociate a virtual network from Network Director by deleting it from the system.

    To delete a virtual network:

    1. Select a cloud infrastructure from the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page and click Delete.

      Network Director displays the Delete Cloud Infrastructure dialog box.

    2. In the Delete Cloud Infrastructure dialog box, click Delete to delete the cloud infrastructure from Network Director.

    Note: You can add a new cloud infrastructure to a data center only after you delete the existing cloud infrastructure.

    Resynchronize Cloud Infrastructure

    You can resynchronize a cloud infrastructure registered with Network Director. During resynchronization, the cloud infrastructure configuration replaces the corresponding configuration available in Network Director. Any changes that you might have made to the cloud infrastructure by using Network Director might be lost after a resynchronization.

    Synchronization is run as a job and is managed by the Job Manager in Network Director. Changes that you make to a vCenter network are dynamically updated in Network Director. However, changes that are made on an Openstack network requires you to wait for the periodic synchronization job to run or you must perform a manual resynchronization for the changes to be updated in Network Director.

    To initiate a manual resynchronization:

    1. Select a cloud infrastructure from the Manage Cloud Infrastructure page and click Resynchronize.

      The Status dialog box opens, showing the corresponding Job ID.

    2. In the Job Information dialog box, click the job ID link.

      The Job Details page displays details about the resynchronization job.

    Modified: 2016-11-06