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Create Rack Type in Builder (with Example)

Apstra ships with many predefined rack types. Before creating your own, verify that it doesn't already exist in the global catalog (Design > Rack Types). When you create a rack type, first verify that the logical devices you need are in the global catalog (Design > Logical Devices).

This example shows how to create a rack type for a dual-connected L2 rack with two AOS-48x10+6x100-1 logical device leaf switches, each with 4-100 GbE spine links and forty-eight dual-connected 10 GbE generic systems. For general explanations for each parameter, see Rack Types Introduction.

Check that you've got the logical devices that you need in the global catalog (Design > Logical Devices) before proceeding.

  1. From the left navigation menu, navigate to Design > Rack Type and click Create in Builder.
  2. In the Create Rack Type dialog, enter a unique rack type name that is 17 characters or fewer (RackType1 in this example).
  3. Select L3 Clos fabric connectivity design for this example.
  4. In the Leafs section, enter a name (MyLeaf1 in this example) and select AOS-48x10+6x100-1 from the Leaf Logical Device drop-down list.
    Note:

    Instead of scrolling through the list in the Leaf Logical Device drop-down list you can start typing in the field to filter the list based on your input.

  5. Change the Links per spine to 2. Notice the Topology preview on the right side shows the first leaf.
  6. Click Add new leaf and enter a name for the second leaf (MyLeaf2 in this example), select AOS-48x10+6x100-1 from the Leaf Logical Device drop-down list, then change the Links per spine to 2. Notice the Topology preview on the right side now shows both leaf devices.
  7. Click Generic Systems, click Add new generic system group and enter a name (MySystemGroup1 in this example), change the Generic system count to 20, then select AOS-2x10-1 from the Logical Device drop-down list. Notice that the Topology preview changes as you configure the rack type.
  8. Click Add logical link, enter a name (MyLogicalLink1 in this example), select MyLeaf1 from the Switch drop-down list, select LACP (Active) for LAG Mode, then change Physical link count per leaf to 2.
  9. Click Add new generic system group, and enter a name (MySystemGroup2 in this example), change the Generic system count to 20, then from the Logical Device drop-down list, select AOS-2x10-1.
  10. Click Add logical link, enter a name (MyLogicalLink2 in this example), select MyLeaf2 from the Switch drop-down list, select LACP (Active) for LAG Mode then change Physical link count per leaf to 2.
  11. If you'd like to see a preview of the logical devices that you've configured in the rack type, click Logical Devices in the Preview section.
  12. Click Create to create the rack type in the global catalog and return to the table view.