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Dec 20
Simplify Network Configuration with Switch Templates: A Comprehensive Guide
Posted by Kenny Wong
Check out our comprehensive guide on simplifying your network configuration with Switch Templates!

  1. Understanding Switch Templates

A switch template is a pre-defined configuration file or script that contains settings and parameters for configuring network switches. These templates are used by network administrators to streamline the process of configuring multiple switches in a consistent and efficient manner. Switch templates are a crucial tool for managing and maintaining network infrastructure, especially in environments with numerous switches and complex configurations.

  1. Planning Your Switch Template

The initial steps of creating a switch template are identifying your network requirements. What is the switch being used for? Is it a Core Switch or an Access Switch. How is the network design?

You need to understand what is required before diving into template creation.


  1. Choosing a Text Editor or Tool

Choose a text editor. Something you can use copy and paste command scripts. I recommend Notepad, Notepad++, MS Word.


  1. Creating the Base Template

Configure the base configuration. Included the following:

  • Hostname
  • Users
  • Management IP’s
  • SSH


  1. Integrating Variables and Parameters

Variables and parameters in a switch templates are useful. Especially when you are planning to use the template on multiple switches.

Examples are hostnames, IP addresses.

  1. Configuring VLANs in Your Template

Configure VLAN configurations including descriptions.

Use of variables for VLAN IDs, names, and associated interfaces.

  1. Setting Security Policies

Cover security settings in your template, including AAA authentication, login banners, and password policies.

The importance of maintaining strong security practices is a must.

  1. Defining Interface Configurations

Create a section for interface configurations in your template.

Illustrate access ports, trunk ports, and IP settings.

  1. Saving and Version Control

Saving your switch template and implementing version control.

It’s helpful when you need to review the latest change when you have a version control is place.

  1. Testing Your Template

Testing your switch template in a controlled environment. On an unused switch or a virtual switch.

It’s important to have a validation before applying configurations to production switches.

  1. Applying the Template to Switches

Copy and paste your commands script from the notepad to the cli. I recommend you do a small section at a time to see if there are any errors.

  1. Documentation and Maintenance

The importance of documenting changes made to the template over time will be important as the network will evolve over time.



Overall, switch templates are a valuable tool for network administrators, as they promote consistency, efficiency, and reliability in network configuration and management. They help organizations maintain a stable and secure network infrastructure while simplifying the process of scaling and adapting to changing needs.


As always if you have any questions on your network configuration and would like to schedule a free consultation with us, please reach out to us at sales@lookingpoint.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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Written By:

Kenny Wong, Engineer

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