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Autoconfiguration Parameters

The Autoconfiguration Parameters Administration page.

The autoconfiguration feature of OmniCenter is a set of rules that allow for the automatic configuration within OmniCenter of newly discovered devices on your network. By creating a comprehensive set of autoconfiguration parameters, and coupling them with a well-developed device template strategy, the onboarding of new devices can be almost entirely automated.

To open the Autoconfiguration Parameters Administration page: From the main menu, select Administration → Change Devices → Autoconfiguration Parameters.

The Autoconfiguration Parameters Administration page is where the autoconfiguration rules are built and managed. The “Current Autoconfiguration” section contains a list of all the rules currently available to be applied to new devices. The rules are applied in the order in which they are listed, but only enabled rules are used. If a device is affected by multiple conflicting rules, the last rule applied wins. The STATUS column indicates whether a rule is currently enabled or disabled. To enable/disable a rule, click the play or stop button in the ACTIONS column of the rule. Individual rules can be dragged to a different position in the list using the handles on the left side of the rule. Remember to click the Save Order button after you’re finished moving any rules The TYPE column indicates which device property the rule is trying to set, and the rule name is the actual value of that property. Rules can be constructed based on complex combinations of device attributes that are used to identify the devices that the rule should be applied to, and any number of rules can be created. This flexibility should allow you to create exactly the rules you need for your environment.

Creating rules to set categories, sites and subtypes will also allow additional automatic configuration through the use of device templates. So be sure that you’re using a good device template strategy along with your autoconfiguration ruleset, and that you have plenty of well-configured templates available.

Above the list is a regular expression filter, in which you can add the names of any devices that you would like excluded from the autoconfiguration ruleset (not case-sensitive). This expression can be as complex as necessary to exclude the desired devices from the autoconfiguration rules. Remember to click the Update button after editing the expression.

To add a new rule to the list, click the button near the top of the page labeled Add an Autoconfiguration. The dialog that follows allows you to choose which device property to set, and as many attributes as you need to correctly identify the devices on which that property should be set (values are not case-sensitive). Click Save when finished to add the rule to the list. Remember, rules can be dragged to change their order.

To edit an existing rule, click the edit button in its respective ACTIONS column.

Updated on April 9, 2019

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