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Understanding Network Configuration Profiles

To support rapid network deployment, Junos Space Network Director enables you to define your network configuration in a set of profiles that you can apply to multiple objects in your network. For example, you can define a Port profile to set up class-of-service (CoS), authentication, firewall filters, and Ethernet switching settings that are appropriate for all access ports in your network that connect to employee desktop VoIP phones.

After you have defined a profile, you can associate it with devices in one of two ways:

Because a child profile might be a required setting in its parent profile, you must create the child profiles before you create the parent profiles. For example, to create a Radio profile, create the profiles in this order:

Procedure

  1. Access, VLAN, CoS, and Filter profiles
  2. Authentication and Authorization profiles
  3. WLAN Service profile
  4. Radio profile

Network Director also includes six predefined Port profiles and one predefined CoS profile for EX Series switches. You can choose to apply the Port profiles to one or more ports of a single device or a group of devices, and the CoS profile to a Port profile or a Radio profile (using a WLAN profile and an Authorization profile).

After you have created and included the child profiles in to parent profiles, you can assign these parent profiles at various levels in your wired and wireless networks. Table 33 shows the levels at which you can assign each of these parent profiles.

Table 33: Profile Associations at Various Levels

Name of the Profile

Wireless Network (WLC)

EX Series Ethernet Switches (With or Without ELS)

QFX Series Switches (With or Without ELS) and QFabric System

Device Common Settings profile

Device

Device

Device

Radio profile

Radio

Not applicable

Not applicable

VLAN profile

Device, Port

Device

Device

Authorization profile

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Port profile

Not applicable

Port

Port

Fabric profile

Not applicable

Not applicable

Port

Auto AP profile

Device, Cluster

Not applicable

Not applicable

FC Gateway Service

Not applicable

Not applicable

Port

Wireless Filter profile

Device, Cluster

Not applicable

Not applicable

Wireless CoS profile

Device, Cluster

Not applicable

Not applicable

Local Switching VLAN profile

Access Point

Not applicable

Not applicable

mDNS profile

Access Point

Not applicable

Not applicable

Remote Sites profile

Access Point

Not applicable

Not applicable

RF Snoop profile

Radio

Not applicable

Not applicable

RF Detection profile

Device, Cluster

Not applicable

Not applicable

Once you have assigned profiles to devices, radios, ports, or access points, you can view the profile associations in the Profiles Assigned to the Device page. For more information, see Viewing Profiles Assigned to a Device.

In addition to the profiles you create yourself, Network Director creates profiles for you from existing device configuration. Typically, you create profiles and associations manually when you are setting up a new network from scratch, adding a new device to your existing network, or when you want to make certain customized changes to the way your network is currently operating. Network Director creates profiles for you when:

After a profile is created, you can edit it from the Manage Profile page by selecting the profile and clicking Edit. The only exception is when the profile that you want to edit is part of a job that is scheduled for deployment. When you schedule a deployment job, that job and any profiles assigned to that job are locked. You cannot edit the job or any of its assigned profiles until the job is completed or gets cancelled. For more information, see Deploying Configuration Changes.

When you delete a device in Network Director, the system deletes only the device and the profile associations. The profiles are retained in the system. If you rediscover the deleted devices into the system at a later stage, without making any configuration changes on the device, Network Director identifies this and reinstates the previous profile associations.

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