Cisco MSX Managed Device Service Pack
The Managed Device service pack provides the ability for the service providers to manage the configurations of their customer devices through a self-service portal in an operator-driven configuration template environment.
The Cisco MSX Managed Device service pack allows you to onboard devices located at the customer premise (CPEs) and apply or manage configuration settings remotely from its Network Operations Center (NOC). The service providers can prepare parameterized configuration template files and deploy them on the CPEs. Using the Managed Device service pack, device deployment and its configurations are simplified.
Some of the advantages are:
Zero-touch provisioning for initial device connectivity through the PnP server process.
Service provisioning of on-premise routers through devices and VNFs.
User Interface portal for templates configuration, ordering service, and performance or fault monitoring.
The following are some of the key components in the Cisco MSX Managed Device service pack:
Device Models: Device models are the pre-defined set of constructs available in Cisco MSX for devices, which enables the users to capture the essential metrics data for a device. Cisco MSX Managed Device service pack provides metrics for Cisco IOS devices.
To facilitate the metrics data collection for the new device types, the device model construct should be modified to capture the details that are utilized to collect metrics for these new device types. For more information, see Preparing Device Model Information for New Device Type
Device Templates: The device templates have parameters that are used to define a device's complete operational configuration.
A device template, when applied to a service ordering workflow, gathers the parameter values entered during the service ordering process. These values are then passed to the MSX orchestration engine (NSO) to configure the devices.
The device templates are created from the device CLI configurations. Cisco MSX provides a workflow tool (nTool), which converts CLI configurations to the XML format that NSO can use.
You can download this tool from Devnet.
You can import these XML templates into your Cisco MSX library and reuse them. For more information, see Managing Templates.
You can use nTool only for the following device types: Cisco IOS, Cisco IOS-XR, Cisco NX-OS, and JUNOS.
Adding a Device: Using the Managed Device service pack, service providers can onboard devices located at customer premises into their network to apply and manage configurations remotely from their Network Operations Centre (NOC). This functionality allows you to onboard the devices and to apply templates during the add device procedure. For more information, see Adding the Device.
Bulk Imports: The bulk import option allows you to import multiple devices at once into Cisco MSX. The site template file allows you to add multiple devices and also apply the templates. For more information, see Importing Multiple Devices.
Onboarding New Device Type: Out-of-the-box, Managed Device service pack consists of Cisco IOS Network Elements Driver (NED), which allows to onboard any Cisco IOS-XE device in the MSX system.
To extend the support to any other new device type, see the section Provisioning a Device that is Not Supported Out-of-the-Box by Managed Device.