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How to split a single site deployment into a multi-site deployment

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You’re almost finished deploying Auvik, but when you pull back out and look at the topology map, you say “Should I have divided this map into multiple sites?”

There are many different reasons why you might want to divide a map into multiple sites, such as: 

  • You originally planned to manage all your sites in one topology map, but now want to represent each network or location as a separate entity on its own topology map.
  • After becoming more familiar with Auvik, you see the value of dividing the map into multiple sites, so you can quickly focus on critical site-specific data.
  • You have a distributed team where different members are responsible for different locations, and splitting up the sites will provide access to different locations on a need-to-know basis.

Now it’s decided, you want to split a single site into multiple sites. Here’s how to make that happen.

Guidelines to transform a single site into a multi-site 

Before you start changing things on your Auvik dashboard, there are a few things to take into consideration:

  1. How will you deploy collectors to scan the new sites? Will you be using one or more collectors per site or a shared, centrally deployed collector to manage all sites? You can also have a mixed solution, with some sites being scanned by a shared collector and others having their own dedicated collectors.
  2. How many sites do you want to divide your deployment into? Typically users segment the network based on physical location, like a city, building, office location, or floor number. However, others segment based on logical attributes, like departments or network segments. 

Creating the new site structure

First, you’ll need to create the new site structure, including a multi-site and individual sites for each physical or logical segmentation. 

If you’re managing multiple clients in Auvik, we recommend that you first create a multi-site to group all of your locations under. If you’re managing a single company in Auvik, you can skip this step and proceed to adding sites below.

To add a new multi-site, do the following: 

  1. Navigate to All sites from your Global View.
  2. Click on Add site.
  3. Select Multi-site for the relationship type.
  4. Configure the remaining settings for name, address, and permissions

To create an individual site for each physical or logical segmentation, do the following:

  1. Navigate to All sites from your Global View or from the Multi-site created above.
  2. Click Add site.
  3. Select Site for the relationship type
  4. Configure the remaining settings for name, address, and permissions.

Migrating a collector

Once you’ve created the new sites, it’s time to migrate your existing collector—or deploy new collectors—to support the discovery of all sites. You’ll do one of the following:

  1. If you’ll be using a shared collector and want to run the collector on the same device as your existing single-site collector, re-point it to the new multi-site. If you’re using the Windows collector, you can find instructions on how to do that here. If you’re using the Virtual (OVA / BASH) collector, go here
    • Once your collector has been converted to a shared collector, ensure that it’s approved and share the collector with additional sites.
  2. Deploy a new collector for each new site where one is required. 

Setting up networks to be scanned in their respective sites

When your sites are set up and your collectors are connected and approved, it’s time to make sure  the right networks are being scanned for each site. For every site created, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Site dashboard.
  2. Click Discovery > Manage Networks, and add in the IP subnets that are associated with the particular site. If there are several subnets for that site, simply add the subnet with most network devices on it, and enable Auvik’s auto discovery to find the rest. 
  3. As more subnets are discovered for that site, check the box on the subnet and click Scan to approve the network for scanning.
  4. IMPORTANT! For all subnets that aren’t  part of that specific site, check the box next to the subnet and click Don’t Scan. These network segments will be discovered in one of the other sites you previously created, so there’s no need to scan it here. Watch out for having devices discovered in more than one site, as this will affect your billing.

If you want  to keep the original site you set up in Auvik as a ‘core’ site for one of your locations, then proceed with the following:

  1. Navigate to the original site dashboard.
  2. Click Discovery > Manage Networks select all subnets that aren’t part of that specific site.
  3. Click Don’t Scan to stop the discovery of new devices that aren’t on that specific site.
  4. To remove the existing devices that don’t belong to that site, go to Discovery > Manage Devices and delete the devices from there, or from Discovery > Manage Networks you can delete the networks entirely.
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