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Hey Gang,

I've been asked to explore the landscape of network device management via
puppet.

in particular, I'm looking to support cisco, and force10 switches.

I know about the network device system, I'm wondering if that's the way to
go for both cisco and force10, or if there's a better way for one or both?

I've seen the Juniper netdev module, but haven't the gear to play with it.

I'm continuing my research, but figured it wouldn't hurt to concurrently
ask the herd for input.


Thanks in advance!
W

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  • Nan Liu at Jun 27, 2013 at 3:41 am

    On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM, Wolf Noble wrote:

    I've been asked to explore the landscape of network device management via
    puppet.
    There are two approaches, either run an agent on the device such as
    juniper, or manage through a proxy agent.

    in particular, I'm looking to support cisco, and force10 switches.
    >

    I'm not sure the cisco device support that's built in is very robust at the
    moment. I've heard someone mention a demo of cisco one pk, but haven't seen
    the module anywhere.

    I know about the network device system, I'm wondering if that's the way to
    go for both cisco and force10, or if there's a better way for one or both?
    I'm assuming you are willing to roll your sleeve to implement this.
    Emulating what the network admin would type via CLI is going to be brittle
    (i.e. ios commands), so I would look at the device API docs to get a better
    idea what it takes to manage them.

    I've seen the Juniper netdev module, but haven't the gear to play with it.
    >

    I think the netdev module is easier to follow than the cisco resource to
    get an idea what is needed to implemented a device resource. IMO, you don't
    need to adhere to device resource type, and it's actually easier to
    implement support through regular puppet resources.

    HTH,

    Nan

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