Lifecycle Management

Using the NetQ UI or CLI, lifecycle management (LCM) allows you to:

Lifecycle management is enabled for on-premises deployments and disabled for cloud deployments by default. Contact your NVIDIA sales representative or submit a support ticket to activate LCM on cloud deployments.

Access Lifecycle Management in the UI

You can access the LCM dashboard in a few ways:

  • Expand the Menu, then select Manage switches
  • Click Upgrade in a workbench header
  • Click Devices in a workbench header, then select Manage switches
dashboard displaying switch management tab

LCM Summary

This table summarizes LCM functionalities in the UI and CLI:

NetQ UI Cards
NetQ CLI Commands
Switch managementDiscover switches, view switch inventory, assign roles, set user access credentials, perform software installation and upgrade networkwide
  • Switches
  • Access profiles
  • netq lcm show switches
  • netq lcm add role
  • netq lcm upgrade
  • netq lcm add/del/show credentials
  • netq lcm discover
Image managementView, add, and remove images for software installation and upgrade
  • Cumulus Linux images
  • NetQ images
  • netq lcm add/del/show netq-image
  • netq lcm add/del/show cl-images
  • netq lcm add/show default-version
NetQ agent configurationsCustomize configuration profiles for NetQ Agents running on switches
  • NetQ agent configurations
  • netq lcm add/del/show netq-config
Job historyView the results of installation, upgrade, and configuration assignment jobs
  • CL upgrade history
  • NetQ install and upgrade history
  • netq lcm show status
  • netq lcm show upgrade-jobs

LCM Support for In-band Management

If you manage a switch using an in-band network interface, the inband-interface option must be specified in the initial agent configuration for LCM operations to function as expected. You can configure the agent by specifying the in-band interface in the /etc/netq/netq.yml file. Alternately, you can use the CLI and include the inband-interface option.

  • /etc/netq/netq.yml configuration file example:

        inband-interface: swp1
        port: 31980
        vrf: default
  • CLI configuration example:

    sudo netq config add agent server vrf default inband-interface swp1

After the NetQ Agent is configured for in-band connections, you can create custom agent configuration profiles, then apply the custom profiles to switches during upgrades.