Port control involves two primary operations: network provisioning/de-provisioning and port configurations. These operations are classified as port control tasks that can be monitored and viewed in the Task Manager (Administration –> Workflow –> Task Manager).
Port control enables changes to the interface-level configurations of switches and switch-router devices, and assignment of these resources to network objects defined and created within IPAM.
Network provisioning includes the following:
Devices do not have to be in managed state for some port control operations (setting ports to Admin Up and Admin Down, for example) but some port control operations require it:
When you create a new object using the wizard, you can configure the port or ports that are associated with the object's port reservation. In this case, two new tasks are created: an object creation task, and a port control task, which can be scheduled separately from the object creation. The port control task is a separate task that may also require administrator approval. When you create a new task, an information feedback panel provides a link to the port control task in the Task Manager.
You may also select and reschedule both tasks. For more information, see Rescheduling Tasks.
If you edit an object, you can only edit an associated port reservation.
Objects are completed in their configuration by Grid Manager before executing a port configuration.
If, for example, a fixed address object is subject to administrative approval, no port control task takes place for that object until the approval is executed and the object is created. This has implications for scheduling: if you schedule the creation of a new host, IPv4 reservation or fixed address, and wish to schedule a port control task for the same object, the scheduled object creation must take place first, and must complete, before the scheduled port configuration executes.
All port configuration operations can be scheduled and subject to administrator approval. For more information, see
Configuring Approval Workflows.
You can define a device port reservation for a defined object such as a host, fixed address or IPv4 reservation, or for an Infoblox Grid Member. Port reservations assign device interfaces to Infoblox-managed objects in Grid Manager. The port reservation is a property of each object, such as a fixed address or host record, that you create.
After discovering and cataloguing infrastructure devices, Grid Manager compiles the lists of interfaces and separately tracks available switch ports on each device. When you attempt to reserve a switch port, Grid Manager provides the complete list of available switch ports on the device, automatically preventing possible conflicts over port usage.
Characteristics of port reservations include the following:
Once a switch port or other device port is reserved, Network Insight prevents future tasks from trying to use the same port for another reservation.
Device switchports and router interfaces, and other interface types may be assigned to the following types of objects:
Devices involved in these operations must be under managed status in Grid Manager. For more information, see
Converting Unmanaged Devices to Managed Devices.
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