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Changing Individual Configuration Elements

 

Although the NETCONF server by default merges new configuration data into the existing candidate configuration, a client application can also replace, create, or delete individual configuration elements (hierarchy levels or configuration objects). The same basic tag elements are emitted for all operations—the <edit-config>, <target>, and either <config> or <url> tag elements, plus the <candidate/> tag, in an <rpc> tag element:

Within the <config> tag element or in the file named by the <url> tag element, the application defines a configuration element by including the tag elements representing all levels of the configuration hierarchy from the root (represented by the <configuration> tag element) down to the immediate parent level for the element. To represent the element, the application includes its container tag element. The child tag elements included within the container tag element depend on the operation, and are described in the following sections.

For more information about the tag elements that represent configuration statements, see Mapping Configuration Statements to SRC XML Tag Elements. For information about the tag elements for a specific configuration element, see the SRC XML API Configuration Reference.

The NETCONF server indicates that it changed the configuration in the requested way by enclosing the <ok/> tag in the <rpc-reply> tag element:

For more information, see the following sections:

Merging Configuration Elements

Merging Configuration Elements

To merge configuration elements (hierarchy levels or configuration objects) into the candidate configuration, a client application emits the basic tag elements described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements.

To represent each element to merge (either within the <config> tag element or in the file named by the <url> tag element), the application includes the tag elements representing its parent hierarchy levels and its container tag element, as described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements. Within the container tag, the application includes each of the element’s identifier tag elements (if it has them) and the tag element for each child to add or for which to set a different value. In the following, the identifier tag element is called <name>:

The NETCONF server merges the new configuration element according to the rules specified in Setting the Default Mode for Incorporating New Configuration Data. As described in that section, the application can explicitly specify merge mode by including the <default-operation>tag element with the value merge in the <edit-config> tag element.

The following example shows how to merge information for a new interface called eth1 into the [edit interfaces] hierarchy level in the candidate configuration:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <interfaces>

          <interface>

            <name>eth1</name>

              <unit>

                <name>0</name>

                <family>

                  <inet>

                    <address>10.0.0.1/8</address>

                  </inet>

                </family>

            </unit>

          </interface>

        </interfaces>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=” URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Replacing Configuration Elements

Replacing Configuration Elements

To replace configuration elements (hierarchy levels or configuration objects) in the candidate configuration, a client application emits the basic tag elements described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements.

To represent the new definition for each configuration element being replaced (either within the <config> tag element or in the file named by the <url> tag element), the application emits the tag elements representing its parent hierarchy levels and its container tag element, as described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements. Within the container tag, the application includes each of the element’s identifier tag elements (if it has them) and all child tag elements (with values if appropriate) that are being defined for the new version of the element. In the following, the identifier tag element is called <name>. The application includes the operation="replace" attribute in the opening container tag:

The NETCONF server removes the existing element that has the specified identifiers and inserts the new element.

The application can also replace all objects in the configuration in one operation. For instructions, see Replacing the Entire Candidate Configuration.

The following example shows how to grant new permissions for the object named operator at the [edit system login class] hierarchy level.

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <login>

            <class operation=” replace” >

              <name>operator</name>

              <permissions>configure</permissions>

              <permissions>admin-control</permissions>

            </class>

          </login>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Creating New Configuration Elements

Creating New Configuration Elements

To create configuration elements (hierarchy levels or configuration objects) in the candidate configuration only if the elements do not already exist, a client application emits the basic tag elements described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements.

To represent each configuration element being created (either within the <config>tag element or in the file named by the <url>tag element), the application emits the tag elements representing its parent hierarchy levels and its container tag element, as described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements. Within the container tag, the application includes each of the element’s identifier tag elements (if it has them) and all child tag elements (with values if appropriate) that are being defined for the element. In the following, the identifier tag element is called <name>. The application includes the operation="create" attribute in the opening container tag:

The NETCONF server adds the new element to the candidate configuration only if there is no existing element of that name (for a hierarchy level) or with the same identifiers (for a configuration object).

The following example shows how to add a user to a C Series Controller if it is not already configured:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <login>

            <user operation=” create” >

              <name>camryn</name>

              <class>super-user</class>

            </user>

          </login>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Deleting Configuration Elements

Deleting Configuration Elements

To delete a configuration element (hierarchy level or configuration object) from the candidate configuration, a client application emits the basic tag elements described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements. It also emits the <default-operation> tag element with the value none to change the default mode to no-change.

In no-change mode, existing configuration elements remain unchanged unless the corresponding element in the new configuration has the operation="delete" attribute in its opening tag. This mode prevents the NETCONF server from creating parent hierarchy levels for an element that is being deleted. We recommend that the only operation performed in no-change mode be deletion. When merging, replacing, or creating configuration elements, client applications use merge mode.

To represent each configuration element being deleted (either within the <config> tag element or in the file named by the <url> tag element), the application emits the tag elements representing its parent hierarchy levels, as described in Changing Individual Configuration Elements. The tag element in which the operation="delete" attribute is included depends on the element type, as described in the following sections:

Deleting a Hierarchy Level or Container Object

Deleting a Hierarchy Level or Container Object

To delete a hierarchy level and all of its children (or a container object that has children but no identifier), a client application includes the operation="delete" attribute in the empty tag that represents the level:

We recommend that the application set the default mode to no-change by including the <default-operation> tag element with the value none, as described in Deleting Configuration Elements. For more information about hierarchy levels and container objects, see Mapping for Hierarchy Levels and Container Statements.

The following example shows how to remove the [edit system services netconf] hierarchy level of the candidate configuration:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <default-operation>none</default-operation>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <services>

            <netconf operation=” delete” />

          </services>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Deleting a Configuration Object That Has an Identifier

Deleting a Configuration Object That Has an Identifier

To delete a configuration object that has an identifier, a client application includes the operation="delete" attribute in the container tag element for the object. Inside the container tag element, it includes the identifier tag element only, not any tag elements that represent other characteristics. In the following, the identifier tag element is called <name>:

Note

The delete attribute appears in the opening container tag, not in the identifier tag element. The presence of the identifier tag element results in the removal of the specified object, not in the removal of the entire hierarchy level represented by the container tag element.

We recommend that the application set the default mode to no-change by including the <default-operation> tag element with the value none, as described in Deleting Configuration Elements. For more information about identifiers, see Mapping for Objects That Have an Identifier.

The following example shows how to remove the user object barbara from the [edit system login user] hierarchy level in the candidate configuration:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <default-operation>none</default-operation>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <login>

            <user operation=” delete” >

              <name>barbara</name>

            </user>

          </login>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Deleting a Single-Value or Fixed-Form Option from a Configuration Object

Deleting a Single-Value or Fixed-Form Option from a Configuration Object

To delete from a configuration object either a fixed-form option or an option that takes just one value, a client application includes the operation="delete" attribute in the tag element for the option. In the following, the identifier tag element for the object is called <name>. (For information about deleting an option that can take multiple values, see Deleting Values from a Multivalue Option of a Configuration Object.)

We recommend that the application set the default mode to no-change by including the <default-operation> tag element with the value none, as described in Deleting Configuration Elements. For more information about options, see Mapping for Single-Value and Fixed-Form Leaf Statements.

The following example shows how to remove the fixed-form stand-alone option at the [edit system ldap server] hierarchy level:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <default-operation>none</default-operation>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <ldap>

            <server>

              <stand-alone operation=” delete” />

            </server>

          </ldap>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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Deleting Values from a Multivalue Option of a Configuration Object

Deleting Values from a Multivalue Option of a Configuration Object

As described in Mapping for Leaf Statements with Multiple Values, some configuration objects are leaf statements that have multiple values. In the formatted ASCII CLI representation, the values are enclosed in square brackets following the name of the object:

The XML representation does not use a parent tag for the object, but instead uses a separate instance of the object tag element for each value. In the following, the identifier tag element is called <name>:

To remove one or more values for such an object, a client application includes the operation="delete" attribute in the opening tag for each value. It does not include tag elements that represent values to be retained. The identifier tag element in the following is called <name>:

We recommend that the application set the default mode to no-change by including the <default-operation> tag element with the value none, as described in Deleting Configuration Elements. For more information about leaf statements with multiple values, see Mapping for Leaf Statements with Multiple Values.

The following example shows how to remove two of the permissions granted to the user-accounts login class:

Client Application

NETCONF Server

<rpc>

  <edit-config>

    <target>

      <candidate/>

    </target>

    <default-operation>none</default-operation>

    <config>

      <configuration>

        <system>

          <login>

            <class>

              <name>user-accounts</name>

              <permissions operation=” delete” >configure</permissions>

              <permissions operation=” delete” >control</permissions>

            </class>

          </login>

        </system>

      </configuration>

    </config>

  </edit-config>

</rpc>

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<rpc-reply xmlns=”URN” xmlns:sdx=”URL” >

  <ok/>

</rpc-reply>

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