You can bulk add network devices as data sources to VMware Aria Operations for Networks by using the network-insight-sdk-python SDK.

You can add the following data sources only:

  • Cisco switches
  • Arista switches
  • Juniper switches
  • Dell switches
  • F5
  • Brocade switches
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Check Point Firewall
  • Cisco ASA


  • You must have access to the VMware Aria Operations for Networks collector CLI.
  • You must have the CSV file containing the list of network devices in the following format:

    " nick_name_discovered_devices_2","","","","","","","","","","","",""

    You can create the file manually, or discover the devices in your network by performing network discovery. See #GUID-082C1588-C22B-401A-80AB-C25BCD04C234 for more information.


  1. Log in to the VMware Aria Operations for Networks collector CLI as a support user.
  2. Switch to a Ubuntu user. Run the following command:
  3. Navigate to the /home/ubuntu directory.
    cd /home/ubuntu
  4. Download the network-insight-sdk-python SDK from GitHub.
  5. Unzip the contents of the SDK and delete the ZIP file.
    unzip && rm
  6. Export the Python path to /home/ubuntu/network-insight-sdk-python-master/swagger_client-py2.7.egg.
    export PYTHONPATH=/home/ubuntu/network-insight-sdk-python-master/swagger_client-py2.7.egg
  7. Navigate to the examples directory within the SDK. This folder contains the script.
    cd /home/ubuntu/network-insight-sdk-python-master/examples
  8. Run the script to bulk add network devices to VMware Aria Operations for Networks. The supported options are:
    Option Description

    The type of deployment. Accepted values are onprem and saas.

    The default value is onprem.

    --api_token The API token to authenticate your VMware Aria Operations for Networks Cloud credentials.

    The location of the data center. Accepted values are US, UK, JP, AU, and DE.

    The default value is US.

    --data_sources_csv The location of the CSV file which contains the details of the devices.

    For example:

    python --deployment_type vrnic --api_token YourCSPAPIToken --cloud_location UK --data_sources_csv /home/ubuntu/discovered_devices.csv

    You can track the result of the network discovery operation on the CLI. If the bulk addition operation fails for one or more devices, you can rectify the errors and reattempt the operation. See Common Data Source Errors for more information.

What to do next

View the data sources added to VMware Aria Operations for Networks by navigating to the Settings > Accounts and Data Sources page.