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The Provisioning manager uses ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning) to store and distribute provisioning scripts. ZTP provides a provisioning framework that allows for a one-time, user-provided script to be executed. On the first boot of a Cumulus Linux switch, IPM uses a default script,, provided through the DHCP server, to perform provisioning tasks, such as license installation, connectivity testing, and specifying a hostname. You can create your own ZTP script to be used instead by storing it in a designated location. For more detail about how ZTP works and tips for writing your own scripts, refer to ZTP.

Command Line Interface

IPM provides a command line interface, TIPCTL, for NOS image management and ZTP script management. While initial boot and configuration is handled automatically, IPM enables the network administrators and operators to manage network switch software over the entire lifecycle of these devices.