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Device Bays

Device bays represent a space or slot within a parent device in which a child device may be installed. For example, a 2U parent chassis might house four individual blade servers. The chassis would appear in the rack elevation as a 2U device with four device bays, and each server within it would be defined as a 0U device installed in one of the device bays. Child devices do not appear within rack elevations or count as consuming rack units.

Child devices are first-class Devices in their own right: That is, they are fully independent managed entities which don't share any control plane with the parent. Just like normal devices, child devices have their own platform (OS), role, tags, and components. LAG interfaces may not group interfaces belonging to different child devices.


Device bays are not suitable for modeling line cards (such as those commonly found in chassis-based routers and switches), as these components depend on the control plane of the parent device to operate. Instead, these should be modeled as modules installed within module bays.


Like most device components, device bays are instantiated automatically from device bay templates assigned to the selected device type when a device is created.



The device to which this device bay belongs.


The device bay's name. Must be unique to the parent device.


An alternative physical label identifying the device bay.