ZTP Switch

There are features and functions used in Arista NetVisor UNUM and Insight Analytics that are common throughout the user interface (UI). Please refer to the Common Functions section for more information on the use of these functions and features.

Selecting Manager → ZTP → ZTP Switch displays the ZTP Switch configuration dashboard.

ZTP Switch provides you with a method to configure bare metal switches in a convenient manner and works in conjunction with Manage Images & Keys.

Note: Zero Touch Switch Provisioning (ZTP) uses a DHCP server built into the NetVisor UNUM platform. Before powering on switches to be provisioned, we recommend temporarily disabling any current DHCP server in the management subnet until completing the switch provisioning process. If this is not possible, users could wait until they are ready to initiate the provisioning process to power on the switches. Configuration parameters used in the following screenshots are examples only and may not reflect the parameter information needed to complete your provisioning process.

The ZTP Switch workflow comprises:

1.Selecting a NetVisor OS ONIE or PXEBoot software installer.

2.Entering the switch or DPU information.

3.Provisioning the switch(es) or DPUs.

4.Monitoring the provisioning process.

5.Generating a hostfile, if applicable, using Generate Fabric.

6.Confirming each switch or DPU is activated and listed in PN Cloud Activated Assets.

ZTP Switch Dashboard

To add a new device click Add Switch.

Available Software (ONIE and PXEBoot) Installers are displayed in the dashboard under Software Version. You must select a Software Version to proceed with adding a Switch or a DPU.

Select an ONIE or PXEBoot  image from the list of available images or upload a different image from your computer using Manage Images & Keys.

ZTP Switch ONIE Installers

Note: ** indicates uploaded file - Example: onie-installer-6.1.1-6010118532 was previously uploaded as shown in the image above.

Enter the requisite switch detail information which includes: Hostname, IP Address, MAC Address, Device ID, Activation Key, and Switch Type.

Hostname – This will become the hostname of the switch.

IP – The assigned IP Address from the DHCP pool.

MAC Address – MAC Address. You retrieve this information from your order receipt or from the back of the target Switch or on the shipping container label.

Device ID Device ID. You retrieve this information from your order receipt, the sticker (luggage tag) on the Switch or DPU or via the onie-syseeprom command from the ONIE prompt by using a Console session to login to the target Switch.

Activation Key – Select appropriate license from drop-down list or upload a license key previously obtained from the Pluribus Networks Cloud using Manage Images & Keys

Switch Type – Specify the role of the switch in the fabric as Spine, Leaf, Switch or Third Party Switch.

Note: You must obtain the requisite license from the Pluribus Networks Cloud.

When the required information is entered click to provision another switch.

ZTP Switch - Provision Switch

Continue to add switches as required.

ZTP Switch - Provision Additional Switches

Once the required switches are listed, click Submit to proceed with provisioning and Power On the switches. Ensure the switches are set to ONIE OS Install in their BIOS configuration.

Click Cancel to return to the previous screen if you do not want to continue with provisioning the switches.

A message appears confirming the hosts were added successfully.

ZTP Switch - Provision Switch - Hosts Added

Provisioning begins as indicated by the rotating provisioning icon in the dashboard, as shown in the examples below. 

ZTP Switch - Provisioning Switch

Note: Provisioning start times and duration depends on several factors, including the type of device, network connectivity and speed, and device reboot times. 

ZTP Switch Menu

Select the Cog icon to Edit, Delete, or View Logs for the applicable device from the dashboard.

Edit – Select the Edit feature to make changes to the device being provisioned.

Delete – Delete the device entry. Re-enter the device, as required.

View Logs – Monitor the provisioning process.

ZTP Switch - Menu Items

Note: Editing a device is not possible while undergoing the provisioning process, as indicated by the spinner icon. Attempting to edit a device during provisioning results in an error message.


Select the Cog icon and click Edit for the applicable Switch from the dashboard.

The Modify Provision Switch menu displays. 

ZTP Switch - Modify Switch Settings

Make any required changes and click Submit to continue or Cancel to return to the previous screen without making any changes.

Provisioning will resume when the device is ready to restart the ONIE process.


Select the Cog icon and click Delete for the applicable Switch from the dashboard.

ZTP Switch - Delete Switch Entry

Click Confirm to continue or Cancel to return to the previous screen without making any changes.

View Logs

To monitor the provisioning status click View Logs.

Individual Switch Logs are available for review.

Select the Cog icon and click View Logs for the applicable Switch from the dashboard.

A log is generated and displayed. 

You scroll through the log entries to view the entire log.

The log window expands to provide a better view of the data. Click X to close the window and return to the ZTP Switch dashboard.

ZTP Switch - Provisioning Logs

Once the switches are provisioned, the status indicator turns green and a provisioned message appears.

Status Menu

The Status light indicates the following:


The device is in the provisioning process.


The device was successfully provisioned.

Provisioning Error

The device did not successfully provision. Recheck the settings using Edit to make any required corrections.

Not Provisioned

The device is not provisioned. Either provisioning has not begun, or the device encountered an error during the provisioning process.

ZTP Switch - Provisioning Status

After successfully provisioning each device, the dashboard updates displaying the provisioned status as shown in the following example.

ZTP Switch - Provisioned Dashboard

Generate Fabric

Use the Generate Fabric button to generate a host file specific to provisioned switches and launch the Fabric Designer.

ZTP Switch - Generate Fabric - Host File and Fabric Designer

Refer to the Add Fabric section for actual use of the generated host file.

Note: You may download software directly from the Pluribus Networks Cloud. Instructions to access the Pluribus Networks Cloud (cloud.pluribusnetworks.com) are provided after the purchase of a NetVisor UNUM license. A username and password are required to allow downloading of software. If you do not have credentials for the Arista Customer Support Portal, please register your product and you will receive your username and password in 1-business day. 

Product Registration -  http://www.pluribusnetworks.com/support/product-registration/