Specifying a Switch or Fabric for Command Scope

While a switch is the building block of a fabric, the goal of the Netvisor One design is that a fabric of switches is easy to manage as a single switch. Because of this, the CLI can be used to run commands on the local switch, a cluster of switches, other switches in the fabric, or the entire fabric. You do not have to log into each switch that you want to run commands.

By default, commands are run on the switch you are logged into and for example, the command port-config-modify port 5 disable disables port 5 on the switch you are logged into on the network.

To specify a different switch for a single command, use the switch prefix. For example, switch pleiades23 port-config-modify port 28 enable enables port 28 on pleiades23, even if the CLI is connected to a different switch in the fabric.

To specify a different switch for a series of commands, use the switch prefix with no command. For example, type switch pleiades24 <return>. The CLI prompt changes to indicate that pleiades24 is the switch you are executing commands. Additional commands are run on pleiades24 rather than the switch that you are physically connected.

For most CLI show commands, the command displays results from all switches in the fabric by default. For example, when the CLI command port-show is entered on the switch, it shows the ports of all switches in the fabric.

To specify that a CLI show command should apply to a specific switch, use the switch prefix to the CLI command. For example, for the port-show command to only show the ports of the switch named pleiades24, type the command: switch pleiades24 port-show.