Chapter 8: Speeding Configuration with Smartport Macros
In This Chapter
Defining and understanding the role of Smartport macros
Creating your own Smartport macros
Working with existing Smartport macros
Deleting macros and cleaning up your old work
For people who actually plan things out — which should be everyone out there — when implementing changes or deploying new network interfaces, Smartport macros can save you a lot of time. As you probably know from previous experience (for example, with the Microsoft Word macros), a macro allows you to record and store a series of steps that you can then replay or use later. A macro allows you to execute a keyboard shortcut or click a custom button to perform an entire series of steps with consistent results. In Microsoft Word, you might use a macro to insert your signature block at the end of a letter, to reformat a table, or to fill in a series of placeholders in a report with actual values stored in a different location.
Two of the main benefits of Smartport macros are related to speed and consistency. With a macro in hand, you can quickly ...