Use the Template page to create and edit custom templates which represent objects in your environment. The template page is separated into 4 cards:
The Properties card contains all the configuration properties needed to create a template.
Name: Specifies the template name. A valid template name contains alphanumeric characters as well as underscores (_) and hyphens (-).
Category: Specifies the template category. A category is user created and applies a color to the template as well as the ability to group similar templates together for easier access.
Template Type: A stanadard template is one that can be installed in a cabinet by itself. An insert is a template is installed in an existing object's enclosure partition.
Template Size: Defines the Rack Unit size of the template. Max is 25.
Template Function: Defines the template as an endpoint or passive.
Endpoint templates will always terminate a cable path (switch, router, server, etc.).
Passive templates is part of the physical cable infrastructure (patch panel, fiber insert, etc.).
Mounting Configuration: A 2-post template will only be visible on one side of the installed cabinet and can have another 2-post template installed behind it. A 4-post template will have a front and a back which occupy both sides of the cabinet it is installed in.
Partition Type: Generic partitions have no properties and can be used as spacers or containers for other partitions. Connectable partitions contain ports or interfaces. Enclosure partitions can contain insert templates.
Add/Remove Partition: Partitions allow for the template layout to accurately reflect the object it is modeling. A horizontal partition spans the entire width of the partition it is created in and can grow vertically. A vertical partition spance the full height of the partition it is created in and can grow horizontally.
Partition Size: Horizontal partitions grow vertically in 0.5 RU increments. Vertical partitions grow horizontally in increments equal to 1/24th of the entire template width.
Port ID: The format describing how the template ports will be identified. Clicking the edit button will open a window allowing you to add/change/delete fields that will be used to compile each port ID (ie "Port-1a"). You can configure up to 5 fields of 3 possible field types.
- Static fields will be compiled into the port ID as it is defined by the user.
- Incremental fields accept a single alphanumeric character and will increment with the port numbers.
- Series fields accept a comma separated list of strings that will be cycled through when compiling the port ID.
Port Layout: Number of port columns and rows in the selected connectable partition.
Port Orientation: Determines the direction in which port numbers are incremented. Switches are typically ordered top to bottom while most RJ45 patch panels are ordered left to right.
Port Type: The type of port for the selected connectable partition. When connecting a cable end to an object port, the cable end type and port type must match. The exception to this rule are SFP ports, which can accept any cable end type.
Media Type: This configuration is exclusive to passive templates. This refers to the cabling behind the passive object. When trunking two passive objects, the media type must match.
Enclosure Layout: This configuration is exclusive to enclosure partition types. Enclosure layout columns and rows determine the slots available to install insert objects.
The Preview card displays the template as it is created.
The Face dropdown selects which cabinet face is displayed. The View dropdown selects the mode in which the template is displayed. The Sticky switch determines if the preview box scrolls with the page keeping the template visible even when working at the end of the long list of properties. A yellow highlight appears around the selected partition and indicates that any partition specific configuration will be applied to it.
The Template Details card displays information about the template selected in the Templates card.
The following template properties are able to be edited:
- Template Name
The following template actions can be performed:
The Templates card lists all templates grouped by category.
Front and Back radio buttons toggle the face of all available templates. Clicking on an object will highlight the selected partition and display information in the Template Details card. The filter field allows you to display only templates containing one or more strings of text.