After clicking Add from the Global Dashboard, click the Switches with Netvisor Fabric License icon and enter the required parameter to create a new Fabric.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric using Switches with Netvisor Fabric License


Step 1 General - Enter a Fabric Name for the new Fabric.

The name begins with a letter followed by letters or numbers. The name cannot contain any spaces.

Use an underscore, as required.

Enter a description of the Fabric (optional) and click the Host File button to select the appropriate file containing the data which is used to create the Fabric.

A sample Host File is available by clicking the Sample Host File link. You use the host file generated in the ZTP Hostfile section to simplify the configuration process avoiding manual entry.

The use of a host file is optional. Enter a User Name and Password for the Fabric.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric using Switches with Netvisor Fabric License - Step 1


In the event you do not want to use a host file to configure the Fabric, enter a User Name and Password.


Note: User Name is “network-admin” or any “Netvisor user”.

No other User Names are allowed.

If you use any other names you may receive the following error message which will require you to re-do the configuration:

Fabric - Playbook Execution Failed - Authentication or permission failure. 



Click Next to continue and refer to the Step 2 Setup section of this manual.


UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Host File Directory

Sample Host File

Follow the instructions contained in the sample Host File and edit the required fields using your switch information.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Host File Sample


Save the host file to a convenient location and then upload by clicking the Host File button selecting the new host file containing the switch data.

Parsing the file will occur automatically and the system will return a COMPLETED message and a GREEN status bar in the event of a successful upload. 

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Successful Host File Upload - Step 1 Populated

Click Next to continue.

If there is a problem with an entry in the host file, the system will return a ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning) error message detailing the specifics of the failure.

UNUM Platform Global - Zero Touch Provisioning Error


The system will return a FAILED message and a RED status bar in the event of a successful upload.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Failed Host File Upload


Corrective action should be taken to remedy the entries in the host file. The corrected host file can then be uploaded using the steps described previously. When the system reports a successful completed upload, click Next to continue.

Step 2 Setup  - When a host file is used the Fabric information is displayed by Switch Name and Switch IP and the role of the switch defined as Spine, Leaf, or Third Party as defined by the host file.


UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 2 using Host File


You make additional configuration changes using Add Switch+. Enter the Switch Name and Switch IP information along with its role in the Fabric defined as Spine, Leaf, or Third Party. When multiple switch entries are required repeat the use of Add Switch+ for each entry and enter the additional switch information. Continue this process until all entries are complete.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 2 Add Switch


In this example, we delete a switch and manually add a new fourth leaf switch named ugui-9kleaf5 with an IP address of 10.110.0.87.

Added Switch

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 2 Manually Added Switch


Click Save to complete the configuration. Use the Trash Bin  icon to delete an entry, if required. Using Download File, you save an updated host file containing the additional switch entry. Click Next to continue.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 2 Updated Host File


When a host file is not used you must enter the switch information manually providing the Switch Name, Switch IP and its role in the Fabric defined as Spine, Leaf, or Third Party. As previously described, enter the required information on the General page and do not choose a host file.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 2 No Host File


Click Next to continue.

Use Add Switch+ and enter the Switch Name and Switch IP information along with its role in the Fabric defined as Spine, Leaf, or Third Party. Click Save to complete the configuration.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Manual Switch Entry


When multiple switch entries are required repeat the use of Add Switch+ for each entry and enter the additional switch information. Continue this process until all entries are complete.

After all switch entries are complete click Save to complete the configuration setup. Use the Trash Bin icon to delete an entry, if required.

You download the new host file with the manual entries using Download File.  Save the configuration before downloading the file.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric New Host File Manual Multiple Entries

Click Next to continue.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Added Switches



Note: The switch names used in the above figure are for illustration purposes only and are documentation examples.



Step 3 Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings window displays advanced Fabric configuration information and includes the following parameters:


Toggle 40G  True or False


In-band IP  The IP Address with CIDR subnet mask

Fabric Network  mgmt (management) or in-band


Fabric Control Network – mgmt (management) or in-band


Mgmt IP Subnet – Subnet mask


Gateway IP – IP address of the gateway


DNS IP – IP address for DNS


DNS Secondary IP – Secondary IP address for DNS


Domain Name – Domain name


NTP Server – FQDN or IP address for the NTP server


STP –  True or False


Auto-trunk – enable or disable


Auto-neg – True or False




UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Step 3 Advanced Settings



You edit any of the parameters as required. Mandatory fields are highlighted with a RED asterisk.


RESET FABRIC – provides a reset function for existing Leaf and Spine or ALL fabrics.


UNUM Platform Global - Reset Fabric


Click the check box to accept the EULA (End User License Agreement). You cannot add the Fabric without accepting the EULA. Click Add to continue. Fabric Provisioning begins automatically.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric - Provisioning Fabric


During provisioning the topology map updates with the Fabric switch details entered during the configuration steps. Various dialog configuration messages appear as well as animated icons indicating provisioning activities on the switches in the Fabric. The progress bar provides a visual indicator of progress.


Graphic

Provisioning Step (examples)

In-Band IP address being assigned to Spine



Provisioning occurring on a switch



In-Band IP address being assigned to second Spine




UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric Provisioning Actions


Provisioning duration of the switches in dependent on the number of configuration parameters selected during setup.


When provisioning is complete the dashboard updates and displays the Fabric topology.



UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric - Provisioning Complete