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


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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 blob1477952222803.png .


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Enter the name for the draft configuration and click on the OK button.



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To modify a draft configuration, double-click on the entry.


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Edit the configuration.  When finished, save the configuration via  blob1477952329024.png 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  blob1477952371561.png  .


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Select the file to import and click on the Open button just as in usual Windows software.


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Then a new configuration is added to the list of Draft Configurations.


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Exporting Drafts

Similarly, click on the blob1477952448142.png  to export the draft into a plain text.


Deleting Drafts

To remove a draft, click on the   .blob1477952459620.png


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 blob1477952492538.png



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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 blob1477952526939.png
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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.


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Click on the OK button to initiate an upload.


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