Network configuration

This section offers enterprise network level configuration capabilities, and the starting point for configuring the SD-WAN network of an enterprise.

Network configuration

Network configuration: Home

This section act as an anchor for network configuration. The Home page provides the ability to initiate most of the commonly needed configuration actions, such as the ability to:

  • Add a site
  • Batch add multiple sites at once
  • Deploy configuration or upgrade software, and track the progress
  • Back up/Review Checkpoints
  • Perform the following operations:
    • Browse and Upload Config
    • Download Config JSON
    • Download Config DB
    • Add Region
    • Add Group

All the configured sites are displayed here. You can edit, update, delete, reset, and update password of any site. You can also reboot the devices associated with a site.

Network level configuration home

You can upgrade the SD-WAN software on all the appliances across the network, by simply selecting an appliance software version in the Software Version field.

Software version

A confirmation message appears. Click Proceed.

Network level software upgrade

Add site

Use the + Add Site option to add a new site. For more information on site configuration workflow, see Site Configuration.

Batch add sites

The Batch Add Sites option allows you to quickly add several sites as a batch. You can also select a site profile to be used for each site, leaving you only with unique parameters such as IP addresses that remain to be configured for each site.

Batch add site

Deploy Config/Software

The Deploy Config/Software option allows you to deploy the current configuration and software across the network, once the sites are configured. For more information on the deployment process, see Deployment Tracker section.

Deployment tracker

The Deploy Config/Software option takes you to the Deployment Tracker section to help verify the configuration, stage, and activate the same across the network.

Deployment tracker

  • Verify: In the Current Deployment section, click Verify to verify the current configuration, and ensure the configuration compiles without any errors. Errors, if any, are displayed to help resolve them.
  • Stage: Once the verification of configuration is successful, click Stage to distribute the configuration files to all the appliances in your network.
  • Active: Click Activate to activate the staged configuration on all the sites across the network.

The Deployment History section helps to review the previous deployment operations and results.

Deployment history

HA near-hitless software upgrade

During software upgrade (11.0.x and earlier versions), the staging, and activation of all the appliances in the network are done at the same time. This includes the High Availability (HA) pair, leading to network downtime. With the HA near-hitless software upgrade feature, SD-WAN Orchestrator ensures that the downtime during the software upgrade (11.1.x and above) process is not more than the HA switch over time.

Note

The HA near-hitless software upgrade is applicable for the following:

  • The sites that are deployed in High Availability (HA) mode. It is not applicable for Non-HA sites.
  • Orchestrator based deployments only and not for the networks that are managed using the SD-WAN Center or MCN.
  • Software upgrade only and not configuration updates. If there is configuration change along with the software as part of the upgrade, the Orchestrator does not perform HA near-hitless software upgrade and continues to upgrade in the earlier fashion (single-step upgrade).

The upgrade sequence summary:

  1. Orchestrator checks for the HA state of all the appliances in the network.
  2. Upgrades all the secondary appliances that are in Standby state.
  3. HA switch-over is triggered and the state of the Active and Standby appliances are switched.
  4. Upgrades the primary appliances that are now in Standby state.

The HA near-hitless software upgrade is a two-step upgrade process:

Step-1: During software upgrade, after 11.1 release, the Orchestrator first performs software upgrade on all the appliances that are in the Standby state across the network. The network is still up and running with the Active appliances in place.

After all the Standby appliances are upgraded to the latest software, the HA switch-over is triggered across the network. The Standby appliances (with the latest software) become Active.

Step-2: The current Standby appliances with old software version will be upgraded to the latest software and will continue to run in Standby mode.

During this software upgrade process, all other Non-HA sites will also be activated with latest software.

For more information, see the FAQs.

You can view the upgrade status by navigating to Deployment Tracker > Current deployment.

Deployment history

  • Stage: Click Stage to distribute the configuration files to all the appliances in your network.
  • Active: Click Activate to activate the staged configuration on all the sites across the network.

Back up/Review checkpoints

The Back Up/Review Checkpoints option has the ability to back-up and restore the configuration, or review the saved checkpoints.

Configuration checkpoint

Click Verify Config to validate any audit error.

Click Back Up Current Config option to back up the current configuration as a checkpoint for future use.

Backup current config

Click the cloud icon (under Action) to load a saved configuration. Click Proceed.

Load config

Click the book icon (under Action) to make a similar copy of an existing configuration. You can also download, edit, and delete the saved configuration checkpoints. These operations are available under Action.

More actions

Following are some of the additional actions available under More Actions:

  • Browse and Upload Config: Browse and upload one of the previously saved configurations, and have that serve as the active configuration for the network.
  • Download Config JSON: Allows you to download and export the current configuration in JSON format, for offline review.
  • Download Config DB: Allows you to download and export the current configuration in DB format.
  • Add Region: Create a Region.
  • Add Group: Create a Custom Group of sites.

Update password

You can change the password of the SD-WAN appliances at different sites, across the network, through SD-WAN Orchestrator.

To change the password, for an appliance that is online click more icon and select Update Password.

Update password

Provide the values for the following fields:

  • User Name: Select a user name for which you want to change the password from the list of users configured at the site.

  • Current Password: Enter the current password. This field is optional for admin users.

  • New Password: Enter a new password of your choice.

  • Confirm Password: Reenter the password to confirm it.

Update password