Provider level configuration
A profile is a live configuration template. A regular template is meant to aid the creation of a new entity. But once the template is created, subsequent changes in the template do not apply to the new entities created using the base template. A profile serves as the live central master entity, which all child entities inherit from, not only during creation but also throughout the life of a profile. All the children entities associated with the profile, automatically inherit any changes made in a profile.
For example, An admin creates a site configuration profile called the small retail store and applies it to all the small retail stores owned by a company. Now, any changes made to the small retail store profile at any given point of time would be applied automatically to all the stores inheriting this profile. Based on what’s common across all the entities, and what’s not, certain parameters in the profile configuration can be left unset. Such parameters would be customizable and can vary across the entities inheriting the same profile.
Profile templates for service providers
Partners can create profile templates, which can be leveraged by their customers while creating profiles.
For example, a provider can create four site profile templates – Small Branch, Medium Branch, Large Branch, and Data Center. These templates are automatically made available to the customer accounts associated with the partner. Customers can use these templates while creating profiles.
For instance, let’s say a customer decides to create a profile for small branch configuration. The customer can select one of the templates shared by the partner, made available via a drop-down as part of profile configuration, and then customize it to their network needs before saving the profile. The profile template is not a live entity. It just aids the creation of profiles at the customer level. Profiles can be created only at a customer level, and are meant to be live entities serving as master configuration records.
The provider can create configuration profiles, which can be shared with some or all customers, as needed. Site and WAN profiles are supported currently.
Site profile templates
Site profile templates are site configuration templates created by service providers, to enable the creation of site profiles at a customer level.
To create profile templates, navigate to Configuration > Profiles. Select Site or WAN profile as per the requirement.
WAN profile templates
WAN profile templates are WAN link configuration templates created by service providers, to enable the creation of WAN link profiles at a customer level.