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    Policy Attachment Rules for Merged Policies

    The attributes of a policy attachment are as follows:

    • Policy name—Name of policy to be attached.
    • Attachment type—Type of attachment.
    • Statistics enable/disable—Enable or disable statistics for the attachment.
    • Baseline enable/disable—Enable or disable baselining for the attachment.
    • Merge or Replace—Allow an attachment to become merge-capable and merge with any other attachments that are merge-capable. If the merge keyword is not specified, then it replaces any existing attachments with the new attachment. Merging always preserves statistics.
    • Preserve—Preserve statistics from earlier attachment when replacing an attachment. This keyword is mutually exclusive with merge keyword.

    Various possibilities result from a policy attachment at an interface due to the presence or absence of these keywords. The same rules apply while attaching policies based on interface profiles provided by Service Manager except as noted.

    Attachments made through Interface Configuration mode follow these rules:

    • If an attachment is issued with the merge keyword specified:
      • Any existing attachment of the same type at the interface without the merge keyword is replaced by the new attachment, which then becomes merge-capable.
      • An attachment is merged with any existing attachments of the same type that have the merge keyword set. If a merged policy already exists for the set of component policies, then this merged policy is used or a new merged policy is created dynamically and attached. The statistics for common classifier groups are preserved when replacing the existing merged attachment.
    • If an attachment is issued when no merge or preserve keyword is set, then it replaces all other attachments with the same type at the interface. This attachment is not merge-capable for future use and statistics from previous attachments are not preserved.
    • If an attachment is issued when the merge keyword is not set, but the preserve keyword is set, it replaces all other attachments with the same type at the interface. This attachment is not merge-capable for future use. Statistics from existing attachments are preserved for all the common classifier-groups.
    • You cannot have multiple attachments of the same policy on a single attachment point. Only Service Manager executes multiple attachments of the same policy at the same attachment point.
    • A detachment based on the policy name removes all attachments for that policy at the specified attachment point in a single command regardless of creation source. A detachment based on attachment type detaches all attachments at that attachment point regardless of creation source. Service Manager can delete only one attachment at a time through service deactivation.
    • The statistics and baseline keywords for the merged policy attachment are computed as a logical OR for all attachments at the specified attachment point.
    • If you delete an attachment:
      • The merged policy is recomputed with the remaining attachments of the same type that have the merge keyword set. The statistics for common classifier groups are preserved when replacing the existing merged attachment.
      • The statistics and baseline keywords for the merged policy attachment are recomputed to be a logical OR of all remaining attachments at the specified attachment point.

    Published: 2014-08-14