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Offline Nic

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NOC or Centralized Deployment question
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:08:01 AM »
Good Morning

Let me first Introduce myself. I am Nic. I have been in IT for more than 10 years, and a sysadmin for most of that. I recently changed employers and I have inherited a Motorola Wing 5.8 System. I am unfortunately not familiar with it as I have only been working with it for about 4 months now.

Great forum that you have here. Found some awesome articles which really helped me to be able to administrate the system properly. I hope in due time I will be able to contribute to it.

So I have a question or two regarding a feasibility study I am currently doing for my company. I have 2 sites connected over a WAN. One Site has a cluster of two RFS4000's in active / standby. The other site has a Cluster of two RFS6000's also in Active / Standby

The problem is, that I would like to administrate them as one system and not two. It would also make monitoring the system easier as I will log into one controller and not both as I currently have to do. So if I make changes to anything I need to do it twice. Is there any possibility that I can administrate cluster 2 when I am logged in to the original controller at Cluster 1.

MiNT links are on L1. No mint links between clusters 1 and 2. controllers in cluster 1 can ping controllers in cluster 2 and vice versa. Controllers in cluster 1 cannot MiNT ping controllers in cluster 2 and vice versa.

So my Questions are
For starters is it even possible? It think it must be but the how to documents do not explain in much detail how to go about this.

If at all possible, how do I go about it. What will need to change in order for me to get this up and running.

Couple of things I did pick up on is you cannot have different models in the same cluster, but you can have up to 24 controllers in a cluster. And you cannot mix L1 and L2 MiNT links.  RFS6000 is a NOC controller and RFS4000 not NOC but site controller.

I have only found a small resource in all of the documentation which is similar to the type of deployment I am trying to accomplish. It is a Wing 5.x Best Practices and Recommendations. Point number on Page 13 would be a great example, but instead of a NX controller I would have a RFS4000.

Unfortunately I cannot go into much detail regarding configs as there is a NDA, but I will answer any questions to the best of my abilities should you have any

Any recommendations would be highly appreciated, as well as any case studies, websites or resources. I do have most of the Wing 5.x How to Docs. 

Thank you in advance

Kind Regards,

Offline jcoehoorn

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Re: NOC or Centralized Deployment question
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 09:20:37 AM »
Via the console? I don't think so.

What you might be able to do is export your configurations, go through the scripts to get one set of configs that can be applied to both, put these in a folder somewhere, and then setup some shell scripts to automatically push changes from the config files in that folder into both devices.

Going the other direction, you can use snmp monitoring to get info from both sites into a single report. This may be easier said than done. All of the snmp stuff you could ask for is built in, but I have trouble getting adequate documentation direct from the source and support in the 3rd party tools seems to skip over this line.

But in theory this should be possible.