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VXCM View, Group, Group Types, Group Instances an DDC Configuration Example
This documentation, using an example, explain how to use VXCM View, Group Types, Group Instances to organise the devices in the way you need, and then use Default Device Configuration (DDC) to deploy multiple required software packages to base-line all of your devices based on their locations (DDC per location), so that the device in different location will get their common software packages as well as their corresponding location based configuration.
A large number of VXC 6215 devices are deployed across multiple regions (e.g Sydney and Brisbane), The regions that the devices belong to are identified by the IP subnets from which the devices are sourced. Sydney have 3 subnets, Brisbane have 3 subnets. The requirement is that we need to build a logical view in VXCM to group the VXC 6215 devices by their geographic location, and then apply different DDC based on their geographic location grouping, e.g Syndey DDC apply on Sydney VXC 6215, Brisbane DDC apply on Brisbane VXC 6215.
View is the highest level container in organzing devices and it can be applied to device manager and Default Device Configuration. Group Type is the second level container which will contain Group Instances. Group Type can be placed into View to form the hierarchies to further restict the devices. Group Instances are created in the Group and physical devices are assigned into Group Instances by manual drag-and-drop or Subnet configurtaion.
We will create
One Multi-level (using more than one group types) view named VXC 6215,
One Custom Group Type named Regions
Two Group Instances named Sydney and Brisbane
One Default Device Configuration with different configurations for different groups
In a nut shell, we need to use the Views, Group Type, and Group instancess to form the hierarchies that is best representing the way you want to organise the devices.
In below example, I am creating a VXC 6215 View with Platform(Group Type) = VXC6215, and further group the devices by Regions (Group Type) (Sydney – Group Instance and Brisbane – Group Instance), and then eventually you can use this view and groups in your DDC configuration:
1. Create a Group Type called "Region" from Configuration Manager -> Group Types, called Regions:
2. Create a View named VXC 6215, with Platform and Regions in the Group Type Hierachy:
3. In Advanced Configuration, Choose VXC6215 in Group Selections and add it into the Filter Criteria:
4. From Device Manager, switch View to the View you just created:
5. You will find "<Unassigned>" folder is created under Device Manager, and now you can right click the Device Manager to create a New Group instance, Sydney and Brisbance. The New -> Group option ONLY appear when you switched the view to a view that is created in Step 2:
6. After you created the group instances, you can either assign the devices into the group instances by manually drag and drop from the unassigned folder to the destination folder, e.g Sydney or you can assign the subnets into the group, find the subnet configuration in Configuration Manager, and select the subnet you want to configure:
6. In the subnet configuration box, click on the Default Groups entry to edit the default value, if you select Sydney group instance, all the devices belong to this subnet will be assigned into this group instance, and you can select multiple subnets to be assigned into this group by repeating this step:
7. After you finished assigning the devices into the group through the subnet configuration, you can then configure your DDC to associate it with your destination group: