Creating the MANIFEST File

The MANIFEST file identifies the VMMAP, NVPP, and policy files that are to be used for either NMS or network authentication. The MANIFEST file is downloaded to the switch at the specified refresh interval. Each time the MANIFEST file is downloaded, the switch scans the file and compares the file entries and timestamps to those files on the switch. If the switch detects newer files, it downloads those files to the switch.

You can create the MANIFEST file with a text editor. The MANIFEST file must be placed on the repository server as described in Selecting the Repository Server Directory.

The format of MANIFEST files is:

File1 yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss
File2 yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss

Because the definition for each file in the MANIFEST includes a date and time, you must update the MANIFEST file every time you update the VMMAP file or a policy file.

The following is a sample MANIFEST file: 2010-07-07 18:57:00
a1.vpp 2010-07-07 18:57:00 2010-07-07 18:57:00
a2.vpp 2010-07-07 18:57:00
policy1.pol 2010-07-07 18:57:00
epolicy1.pol 2010-07-07 18:57:00
The file extensions for the files in the MANIFEST file identify the supported file types:
  • .map—VMMAP files
  • .vpp—VPP files
  • .pol—Policy files