6.5. The Circuit Group Directory
The Circuit Group Directory allows you to designate "groups" of circuits that are
dedicated to a similar function, and will most likely be switched or rebooted all at the
same time or controlled by the same type of user account.
For example, an individual equipment rack might include an assortment of devices that
belong to different departments or clients. In order to simplify the process of granting
circuit access rights to the accounts that will control power to these devices, you
could assign all of the circuits for the devices belonging to Department A to a Circuit
Group named "Dept_A", and all of the circuits for devices belonging to Department B
to a Circuit Group named "Dept_B". When user accounts are defined later, this would
allow you to quickly grant access rights for all of the circuits for the devices belonging
to Department A to the appropriate user accounts, by merely granting access to the
Dept_A Circuit Group, rather than by selecting the specific, individual circuits for each
Likewise, Circuit Groups allow you to direct On/Off/Boot commands to a series of
circuits, without addressing each circuit individually. Given the example above, you
could quickly reboot all circuits for Department A, by either including the "Dept_A"
Circuit Group name in a /BOOT command line via the Text Interface, or by using the
Circuit Group Control menu in the Web Browser Interface.
The Circuit Group Directory function is only available when you have logged into
command mode using an account that permits Administrator commands. In both the
Text Interface and the Web Browser Interface, the Circuit Group Directory menu offers
the following functions:
• ViewCircuitGroupDirectory: Displays currently defined circuit access rights for
any RPC Circuit Group as described in Section 6.5.1.
• AddCircuitGrouptoDirectory: Creates new Circuit Groups, and allows you to
assign circuit access rights to each group as described in Section 6.5.2.
• ModifyCircuitGroupDirectory: This option is used to edit or change circuit
access rights for each Circuit Group, as described in Section 6.5.3.
• DeleteCircuitGroupfromDirectory: Clears Circuit Groups that are no longer
needed, as described in Section 6.5.4.
6.5.1. Viewing Circuit Groups
The "View Circuit Group Directory" option allows you to view the configuration of each
Circuit Group. Note that the View Circuit Group Directory function is only available when
you have accessed command mode using a password that permits Administrator Level
commands. In the Web Browser Interface, the Circuit Group Directory can be viewed
by clicking on the link on the left hand side of the page. In the Text Interface, the Circuit
Group Directory can be viewed by typing /G and pressing [Enter] and then selecting
the option from the resulting submenu.