Device Add/Edit

The device edit screen has direct entry for device properties such as name, asset #, serial #, virtual host etc. and has a set of tabs for entry of extended properties. Though the tabs will change by device type, most devices will have these tabs:

  1. Properties
  2. Hardware
  3. Asset LM
  4. Other

We will discuss the direct properties of devices below and the four tabs in the other sections of the documentation.

Adding a Device

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When you click on “add device” from any type of device list page, you always get to the generic device add page with the default type shown as “unknown”. You will also see that the default will be that the device is in service and that the service level is production.

If you change the type and click on “save and continue editing”, you will be presented with a different edit page for the device depending on the type chosen.

Device Basics

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Lets look at an example of a physical device here…

The check boxes highlighted in annotation 1 above represent whether the device is a network switch, fiber switch, blade chassis, or a virtual host.
These are important because you can only add switch ports to devices with the network switch option checked. Similarly blades can be added to a chassis only if the blade chassis option for that device is checked.

Annotation #2 above highlights the current service level of that device. For example, if you have a server which is in procurement and waiting to be installed, you can add a service level called “in procurement” and reserve rack space for the device in future.

The hardware, serial # and asset # will display for device type physical and blade. The ‘other’ device type will be discussed in other sections of the documentation.

The Customer field represents a customer or department that is using the device (or to the device is assigned).

Notes : This is a free text field.

WARNING: Changing a Device Type

It is possible to change a device type (e.g. from physical to virtual, blade, cluster, or other). Please be aware that when you change a device type, you will lose all attributes that are specific to the device type:

When you change from a physical device to another device type, you will lose:

  • the rack, room, or storage room information

  • the hardware model

  • any IP or power connectivity

  • if it was a blade chassis, it will no longer be one

  • all blade information

When you change from a virtual device to another device type, you will lose:

  • if it was a virtual host, it will no longer be one

  • any cloud instance Data

When you change from a blade device to another device type, you will lose:

  • blade host information

  • the blade chassis slot # will be cleared

  • the hardware model

  • storage room information

  • any IP or power connectivity

When you change from a custer device to another device type, you will lose all cluster assocations.

When you change from an other device to another device type, you will lose:

  • the device subtype

  • location and building information

  • rack and room information

  • hardware model

  • any IP or power connectivity