What are Cloud Configuration Groups used for?

In an earlier blog, we announced Cloud Configuration Groups, a new HiveManager configuration and network device management feature. Cloud Config Groups is a new form of device classification that adds more flexibility when configuring network policies with HiveManager. Cloud Config Groups solves the management challenge of implementing template-based network policies for network devices that require different settings.

As shown in Figure 1, a Cloud Config Group (CCG) is simply an object comprised of selected devices such as APs, switches, branch routers, etc. CCGs can be configured from either the object management menu or within the HiveManager guided configuration of a network policy. An administrator simply selects the desired devices and adds them to the CCG object.

What are Cloud Configuration Groups used for?

Figure 1

Devices such as access points can also be selected from the HiveManager Monitor view and added to a CCG object as shown in Figure 2. Devices can also belong to multiple Cloud Config Groups.

What are Cloud Configuration Groups used for?

Figure 2

Different configuration objects can then be assigned by classification rules based on different CCG combinations of devices. VLAN objects, DNS object, Time Zones, SSID, Device templates and much more can be assigned by classification rules based on different CCGs. In the example shown in Figure 3, different SSIDs as well as different user VLANs are being assigned to different groups of APs that belong to different Cloud Config Groups

What are Cloud Configuration Groups used for?

Figure 3

By using Client Config Groups together with classification rules, a single network policy can be tailored for specific groups of devices. This makes configuration and management much easier for customers with multiple locations where devices may have different configuration needs. A single network policy can scale for an entire global organization when using Client Config Groups together with classification rules.

In our next few blogs, we are going into a deeper dive of the use cases for Cloud Config Groups as well as a deeper discussion of classification rules.

 

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David Coleman is a wireless mobility consultant, public speaker, and trainer. For the last twenty years, David has instructed IT professionals from around the globe in enterprise WLAN design, WLAN security, WLAN administration and WLAN troubleshooting. In his spare time, David writes white papers, blogs, and books about enterprise Wi-Fi networking. David is the co-author of Sybex Publishing’s Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) Study Guide and numerous other books about Wi-Fi. David is the Senior Product Evangelist for Aerohive Networks and is CWNE #4.

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