Friday, April 24, 2015

ADN - Awk Defined Networking

Because I have yet to transition to a completely software-defined network in which everything configures itself (wink wink), I still have to do tasks like bulk VLAN changes.

Thanks to a recent innovation called ADN, or "AWK Defined Networking", I can do this in a shorter time window that the average bathroom break. For example, I just had a request to change all ports on a large access switch stack that  are currently in VLAN 76 to VLAN 64:

# ssh 'show int status | i _76_' | grep Gi | awk '{print "int ",$1,"\n","description PC/Phone","\n","switchport access vlan 64"}'
Password: ***

int  Gi1/0/25
 description PC/Phone
 switchport access vlan 64
int  Gi1/0/26
 description PC/Phone
 switchport access vlan 64

[many more deleted]

Then I copied and pasted the results into config mode. Back to lounging on the beach.

Not even any Python skills required!