3.11 Draft Configuration
A Draft Configuration is a configuration that are saved independently of the backup history. It is treated just the same way as
the normal configurations (in the backup snapshots) but it also has several diﬀerence: it has a name, it can be exported to/imported from a plain text
files etc. It is useful when you reuse the same device configuration several times.
Figure 3.11.1: The buttons in the draft configuration pane
3.11.1 Creating a Draft Configuration
Draft configuration can initially be made by copying the existing configuration snapshot. Firstly, double-click on the target device to make a new draft
configuration for the device.
Click on a configuration snapshot to copy from, and then click on .
Enter the name for the draft configuration and click on the OK button.
To modify a draft configuration, double-click on the entry.
Edit the configuration. When finished, save the configuration via Then the timestamp in the Last Edit is refreshed.
3.11.2 Importing Configurations from Plain Texts
To create a new draft configuration from an external text file, double-click on the target device in Device View and open up the configuration history in
the status pane. (We assume that you already have a text file containing a configuration.) Then click on the .
Select the file to import and click on the Open button just as in usual Windows software.
Then a new configuration is added to the list of Draft Configurations.
Similarly, click on the to export the draft into a plain text.
To remove a draft, click on the .
3.11.3 Comparing the Configurations
You can compare the configurations via button. The methods for getting the comparison between snapshot-to-snapshot, snapshot-to-draft,
and draft-to-draft are identical. For more information, see Sec. 3.4.5, p.71 (Compare).
Select two configurations for comparison and click on
3.11.4 Applying a Draft Configuration to a Device
Similar to the comparison method, applying a draft is almost the same as applying (restoring) a past configuration snapshot to a device.
However, there is a diﬀerence in one point (depending on the device):
Select a draft configuration for a push and click on
Choose which configuration to push it to. (Either running-config or startup-config.) This is the only diﬀerence between restoring the configuration
snap shot and uploading a draft configuration.
Click on the OK button to initiate an upload.