With large deployments, the configuration of remote sites utilizes a set of shared attributes, of which a small set of attributes are unique for each location. For such deployments, maintaining separate configuration (WLANs, profiles, policies and ACLs) for each remote site is complex. Migrating any global change to a particular configuration item to all the remote sites is a complex and time consuming operation.

Also, this practice does not scale gracefully for quick growing deployments.

An alias enables an administrator to define a configuration item, such as a hostname, as an alias once and use the defined alias across different configuration items such as multiple ACLs.

Once a configuration item, such as an ACL, is utilized across remote locations, the Alias used in the configuration item (ACL) is modified to meet local deployment requirement. Any other ACL or other configuration items using the modified alias also get modified, simplifying maintenance at the remote deployment.

Aliases have scope depending on where the Alias is defined. Alias are defined with the following scopes:

  • Global aliases are defined from the Configuration → Network → Alias screen. Global aliases are available for use globally across all devices, profiles and RF Domains in the system.
  • Profiles aliases are defined from the Configuration → Devices → System Profile → Network → Alias screen. Profile aliases are available for use to a specific group of wireless controllers or access points. Alias values defined in a profile override the alias values defined within global aliases.
  • RF Domain aliases are defined from the Configuration → Devices → RF Domain → Alias screen. RF Domain aliases are available for use for a site as a RF Domain is site specific. RF Domain alias values override alias values defined in a global alias or a profile alias configuration.
  • Device aliases are defined from the Configuration → Devices → Device Overrides → Network → Alias screen. Device aliases are utilized by a singular device only. Device alias values override global, profile or RF Domain alias configurations.

Using an alias, configuration changes made at a remote location override any updates at the management center. For example, if an network alias defines a network range as for the entire network, and at a remote deployment location, the local network range is, the network alias can be overridden at the deployment location to suit the local requirement. For the remote deployment location, the network alias work with the network. Existing ACLs using this network alias need not be modified and will work with the local network for the deployment location. This simplifies ACL definition and management while taking care of specific local deployment requirements.