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Paragon Shell Overview

Paragon Automation provides a custom Containerized Management Daemon (cMGD) user shell, called Paragon Shell. The Paragon Shell CLI is text-based and similar to the Junos cMGD CLI. Paragon Shell is installed and available after the VMs are created on the VMware ESXi server using the OVA bundle. The OVA bundle is prepackaged with all the packages required to create the node VMs and deploy the Paragon Automation cluster. The VMs are created with a Linux base OS and Paragon Shell operates on top of the base OS. A system administrator can use Paragon Shell to deploy, configure, and monitor the Paragon Automation cluster.

A system administrator uses Paragon Shell to perform the following categories of tasks:

  • Deploy the Paragon Automation cluster

  • Back up and restore the cluster applications

  • Upgrade the cluster

  • Manage users

  • Perform system reboots

  • Troubleshoot the cluster and applications

In addition to Paragon Shell, you can also access the cMGD CLI for Service Orchestration tasks. To access the Service Orchestration cMGD CLI, you must exit out of Paragon Shell and explicitly deploy and log in to the Service Orchestration cMGD CLI. For more information, see About the Service Orchestration cMGD CLI.

Benefits of Paragon Shell

  • Intuitive and easy to use text-based CLI

  • Reduces the risk of unintended changes through the Linux root shell

In this chapter, you will learn about using operational commands and configuration statements. This chapter is a CLI reference of supported commands that are available in Paragon Shell and describes the syntax for their usage.