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Creating and Managing Node Groups for a QFabric System

Node groups help you combine multiple QFabric Node devices into a single virtual entity within the QFabric system to enable redundancy and scalability at the edge of the data center.

Procedure

To start managing nodes groups:

  1. Click Deploy in the Network Director banner.
  2. Select the fabric to manage in the network view pane.
  3. Click Manage Node Group under Device Management in the Tasks pane.

    The Manage Node Groups page appears.

This topic describes:

Managing Node Groups

Use the Manage Node Groups page to manage existing node groups and to create new ones. The configured node groups are listed in expandable and collapsible groups:

From the Manage Node Groups page, you can:

Table 288 describes the information provided about node groups on the Manage Node Groups page. This page lists all node groups within the fabric that is selected in the network view.

Table 288: Manage Node Groups Information

Column

Description

Node Group Name

Name given to the node group when it was created.

Description

Description of the node group entered when it was created.

Tip: To display the entire description, you might need to resize the Description column by clicking the column border in the heading and dragging it.

Selected Nodes

Nodes that belong to the node group.

The connection state of the node is indicated by an icon: The green upward pointing arrow indicates the node is connected. The red downward pointing arrow indicates the node is not connected.

Deployment State

Shows whether the node group was deployed.

Creating Node Groups

Procedure

To create a node group:

  1. Click Deploy in the Network Director banner.
  2. Select the fabric to manage in the network view pane.
  3. Click Manage Node Group under Device Management in the Tasks pane.

    The Manage Nodes Groups page appears.

  4. Click Add.

    The Create Node Group page appears.

  5. Configure the new node group as described in Specifying Settings for a Node Group.
  6. Click OK.

    The node group is listed on the Manage Node Groups page with the deployment state Pending Deployment.

  7. To deploy all undeployed node group changes, click Deploy Now.

Specifying Settings for a Node Group

Use the Create Node Group page to define the devices in the node group.

Table 289 describes the settings available on the Create Node Group page.

Table 289: Create Node Group Settings

Field

Action

Node Group Type

Select a node group type:

  • SNG—Server node group.
  • RSNG—Redundant server node group.

Node Group Name

Type the name of the group.

The following rules apply to QFabric Node group naming:

  • Node group names must use alphabetic (A through Z and a through z), numeric (0 through 9), or dash (-) characters.
  • The maximum length of a Node group name is 30 characters.
  • Node group names are case sensitive. For example, MY-NG-1 and my-ng-1 refer to different components.
  • You cannot use the reserved names all, fabric, or director-group as a Node group name.

Description

Type a description of the Node group, which will appear on Manage Node Groups page.

Node Selection

Add

Click to add a device to the node group:

Procedure

  1. Click Add.
  2. Select devices from the Node Device Selection page.

    You can select one device for a server node group, and two devices for a redundant server node group.

  3. Click OK.

Remove

Click to remove a device from the node group:

Procedure

  1. Select a device from the list on the Node Device Selection page.
  2. Click Remove.

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