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Define the Resource Connections of the Switch or Patch Panel

This section applies to patch panels, power switches, L1 switches and L2 switches. For brevity, the term "switch resource" is used for all four.

Once the resource structure of the switch is updated, you can define which devices are connected to the switch's ports by associating the CloudShell resources of those devices to the switch resource(s).

Important: CloudShell cannot create connectivity paths involving both L1 and L2 networking devices. Only pure L1 or pure L2 paths are supported. For example, "DUT1 - L1 - L2 - DUT2" path is not supported.

To define resource connections:

  1. In Resource Manager Client, open the Resource Explorer pane.
  2. Right click the switch resource and click Configuration.

    The Configuration page is displayed.

  3. Click the Connections button at the bottom of the page.

    The Resource connection dialog box is displayed.

  4. Connect a resource's port to a different port in the switch resource by clicking each port's Connected To button, selecting the resource's Family and Resource, and selecting the port to connect.
  5. For each connection, you can set the Connection Weight to ensure that connections follow a certain path in cases where the route can be resolved through multiple switch resources. For example, in a hub and spoke formation that includes multiple switches, you may want routes to first go through the central switch. To set the connection weight, double click the Connection Weight cell of the connection and specify a low number to give it priority when resolving the routes. The default value is 10.
  6. Click OK in the Resource connection dialog box.
  7. Repeat this step to connect all relevant resources to the switch resource.
  8. Save your changes.

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