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Adding a Port Group

Port numbers in cairs.net are the equivalent to EQNs for the EWSD switch, and LENs for the Nortel switch/PBX platform.  Note that your switch port numbers can only be imported into cairs.net through the Switch Sync function.  When the port numbers are initially imported, cairs.net creates a default port group called “Import” and puts all numbers into that group within the Switches menu.  You can create your own port groups and then move port numbers from the “Import” group into your groups. 

You can view port numbers status (ex. Bad, Active, Spare) and mark bad port numbers here in the Switches menu.

Adding a Port Group

Adding a port group is creating a group name.  Once the group name is created, you can move individual port numbers into that group from an existing group.  (As mentioned before, port number from your switch can only be imported into the cairs.net system through the Switch Sync. When the port numbers are initially imported, cairs.net creates a default port group called “Import” and puts all port numbers into that group.  You can then create a port group and move port numbers from the “Import” group into your group.)

1.    Click the Switches menu.

2.    In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.    Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·         Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.    Once the list populates, double-click the record to open the General – Switch window.

5.    Within the Ports ribbon group, click the upper portion of the button (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)

6.    Click the top row, marked with an asterisk (*), to add a new record. Type the following Port Group information (required fields are marked with an asterisk (*):

·         Port Group Name * – type in the port group name.

·         Description – type in a brief group description.

·         Site – click the field to access a drop-down list and from the list select the site associated with the group.

·         Port Group Mask – type the mask for the port numbers, for example, 10 n nn nn, this required every port number to begin with the number 10, space a single number, space and so on.

7.    To continue adding multiple items, click the row marked with an asterisk (*).

8.    Within the Actions ribbon group, click Save (save and stay) to continue working with the switch or Save & Close (save and exit) to return to the switches list.  

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Deleting a Port Group

Before deleting a port group, all port numbers within that group must be assigned to a different port group. Please refer to “Assigning Port Numbers to a Port Group.”

1.       Click the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view.  The General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the upper portion of the button (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)  The screen changes to display the port groups. 

6.       Right click the group to delete and from the popup menu select Delete. 

7.       Once you click Delete, a message box appears verifying that you really want to delete the record. Click Yes within the box to continue or No to cancel the operation.

8.       Once selected, cairs.net draws a line through the item allowing you to delete multiple records at one time.

9.       If you do not want to delete the records, right-click the record to access a popup menu and from the popup, click Undelete.

10.   Once you select Undelete, a message box appears verifying that you really want to undelete the record.  Click Yes within the box to continue or No to cancel the operation.

11.   To complete either process, click the Save (save and stay) button or Save & Close, within the Actions ribbon group, to return to the Switches list.   

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