How do I check Canada's PNP status


Installing new network devices or replacing devices if done manually can be expensive, time-consuming, and error-prone. Typically, new devices are first sent to a central staging facility where the devices are not boxed, connected to a staging network, updated with the correct licenses, configurations and images, and then packaged and sent to the actual one Installation location. After completing these processes, the experts must travel to the installation sites to complete the installation. Even in scenarios where the devices are installed in the NOC (No Objection Certificate) or in the data center itself, there may not be enough experts on the sheer number of devices. All of these issues cause deployment delays and additional operational costs.

The Cisco plug-in-play solution reduces the cost of deploying and installing network equipment, speeds installation, and reduces deployment complexity without compromising security. With the Cisco plug-in-play solution, you can perform zero-touch installations of the switches in different deployment scenarios and deployment locations.

This article provides instructions on how to configure the PNP settings on your switch.

Applicable devices

  • Sx250 series
  • Sx350 series
  • SG350X series
  • Sx550X series

Software version

Configure PNP settings

Step 1: Log in to the web-based utility and select the option from the View Mode drop-down list Extended out.

Note: The menu options available may vary depending on the device model. In this example SG350X-48MP is used.

Step 2: Choose Administration> PNP> PNP Settings.

Step 3: (Optional) Check the box Activate in the PNP State area to activate PNP.

Note: This feature is enabled by default.

Step 4: Select one of the following options to find configuration information about the transport protocol to use, the PNP server address, and the TCP port to use:

  • Default settings: When this option is selected, the PNP settings are taken from DHCP option 43. If some or all of the settings are not received by DHCP option 43, the following default values ​​are used: standard transport protocol HTTP, DNS name pnpserver for PNP server and the port for HTTP or HTTPS.

Note: If you select the Default Settings option, all fields in the PNP transport area are grayed out. If this option is selected, go to step 11.

  • Manual Settings: Manually set the protocol to be used for PNP transport. The default is port 80 for HTTP. This option is chosen in this example.

Step 5: (Optional) Enter the number of the TCP port in the field TCP port. This is entered automatically by the system: 80 for HTTP and 443 for HTTPS. In this example, the standard port 80 is used.

Step 6: (Optional) Select whether the PNP server should be specified by IP address or by name.

Note: In this example, By IP address is selected.

Step 7: (Optional) Click the radio button for the IP version you want.

The following options are available:

  • Version 6 - Specifies the IPv6 address type.
  • Version 4 - Specifies the IPv4 address type. If this option is selected, go to step 10.

Step 8: (Optional) If the IP address type version 6 is selected in step 7, click the desired IPv6 address type.

The following options are available:

  • Link Local: Indicates that the IPv6 address uniquely identifies the host on a network connection.
  • Global - Designates that the IPv6 address is a global unicast that is visible and accessible from other networks. If this option is selected, go to step 10.

Note: In this example Link Local is selected.

Step 9: (Optional) If the Local IPv6 Address connection type is selected, select a local link interface from the Link Local Interface drop-down list.

Note: In this example, VLAN 1 is selected.

Step 10: Enter the IP address or the name of the SNTP server. The format depends on which address type has been selected.

Note: In this example the IP address is used.

Step 11: Configure the user information to be sent in PNP packets sent to the server. Choose one of the following options:

  • Default settings: If this option is selected, the PNP settings for user name and password are adopted from DHCP option 43. If this option is selected, go to step 14.
  • Manual Settings: Choose whether to configure the PNP username and password manually. This option is chosen in this example.

Step 12: Enter in the field User name the user name to be entered in the PNP packets. This example uses cisco.

Step 13: Enter in the field Password (Password) the password either encrypted or unencrypted.

Note: In this example Plaintext is selected and the Cisco01234 $ password is entered.

Step 14: Configure the recovery interval in seconds before trying to reconnect the session after the connection is lost. In this example, "Use Default" is selected, which has a default value of 30 seconds.

Step 15: Enter in the field Discover timeout (Discover timeout) Enter the waiting time in seconds before the attempt is made again after a detection of the PNP server fails. The default is 60 seconds.

Step 16: Enter in the field Exponential timeout factor Enter the value that triggers the detection attempt exponentially by multiplying the previous time-out value by an exponential value and applying the result as a time-out (if the value is less than the maximum time-out value). The default value 3 is used in this example.

Step 17: Enter in the field Max Discovery Timeout the maximum value for timeout. The value must be greater than the value for the discovery timeout.

Step 18: Enter in the field Watchdog timeout the time interval in which to wait for a response from a PnP or file server during an active PNP session, e.g. B. during a file download process. This example uses 60 seconds.

Step 19: Click Taketo save the configured settings.

Step 20: (Optional) Click to saveto save the configured settings in the startup configuration file.

You should now have successfully configured the PNP settings on your switch.