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rConfig - Categories

2 mins V7 Pro V6 Core

All devices added to rConfig must be part of a single Category. They can only belong to one. You will use the concept of categories for three primary reasons.

  1. Grouping devices for Scheduled Tasks
  2. Grouping devices for Compliance jobs
  3. Attach your desired show commands to a given category

The last item is the most important. You must add the commands that you will download for a given category. Think about the following scenarios below to help you decide the best way to plan your categories, and subsequently commands.

  1. You cannot add a category to a device or task does that does not have commands attached to the category.
  2. If you run a manual devices config downloads, either from the UI, or the CLI, the commands to be run on that device are based off the category attached commands See Category Design Below
  3. Categories without attached commands will show an error on the Categories page per the screenshot below
  4. Design your categories around your commands, or vice versa, thats up to you. But design it!

Example Category Design

CategoryDevicesCommands
RoutersRouter1
Router2
Router3
show run
show ip route
show ip bgp nei
SwitchesSwitch1
Switch2
Switch3
show run
show version
show lldp neigh
HP_EdgeHP_Clos_1
HP_Clos_2
HP_Clos_3
show run
CiscoCoreBR_Core_1
US_Core_1
IRE_Core_1
show run
show ip route
show ip bgp nei
show cdp nei
show ip bgp

Adding/ Editing Categories

From the main Category view, click New Category to add a new category, or click the edit button in the table. Notice the error below when a Category does not have any attached commands. You may add commands to a category after the category is created.

Category Main View

The category form itself is very simple. You can add a name, and a description. Both are required and the name must be unique.

Category Form View