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Create External Generic System

When you want to connect your Apstra-managed fabric to a system that's not managed in the Apstra environment, you use generic systems and external generic systems. These systems can be external routers, firewalls, or whatever else you want; you specify their roles with tags. If the system is part of a rack topology, we call it a generic system. If the system is not part of a rack topology, we call it an external generic system. This page shows you a couple of ways to add external generic systems.

Create External Generic System (from Topology View)

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Topology and select the spine or leaf to connect to the new external generic system.
  2. Select the node check box to see the operations available for that node (and that you have permissions for).
    Note:

    You can also get to the selection page from the Nodes view. From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Nodes, click the node name in the table, then click the node name that appears at the top of the Selection panel (on the right side of the page).

  3. Click Add external generic and enter a unique label and (optional) hostname.
  4. Select the representation for the new node (none, logical device, or logical device with interface map), then select it from the drop-down list as applicable. (Selecting a logical device allows you to define port roles.)
  5. Enter the port channel ID min and max (new in 4.2.0). The values in the range are used to allocate PC IDs for all leafs, spines, and superspines attached to this external generic system. If you leave the values at zero, any available port-channel may be used. (Prior to Apstra version 4.2.0, all non-default port channel numbers had to be unique per blueprint. Port channel ranges could not overlap. This requirement has been relaxed, and now they need only be unique per system.)
  6. Enter tags (optional) to identify the role(s) of the new external generic system, then click Next. The Create Links dialog opens.
  7. Select an available port and transformation, then click the Add Link button that turns from gray to green.
  8. Click Add Link. The link is added to the link table.
  9. Click Create to stage the change and return to the Topology view.

When you're ready to activate your changes, commit them from the Uncommitted tab.

Create External Generic System (from Nodes View)

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Nodes and click the Add external generic systems button to open its dialog.
  2. Enter a hostname, and if you want to be able to define port roles select a logical device from the drop-down list.
  3. Enter the port channel ID min and max (new in 4.2.0). The values in the range are used to allocate PC IDs for all leafs, spines, and superspines attached to this external generic system. If you leave the values at zero, any available port-channel may be used. (Prior to Apstra version 4.2.0, all non-default port channel numbers had to be unique per blueprint. Port channel ranges could not overlap. This requirement has been relaxed, and now they need only be unique per system.)
  4. Enter tags (optional) to identify the role(s) of the new external generic system.
  5. Click Create to stage the changes and return to the Nodes view.

You've created an external generic system that's not yet linked. You can either select the node (leaf, spine) first then link to the external generic system, or you can select the external generic system first, then link to a node. See below for links to the procedures.