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Discovery Seeds

A discovery seed is a device from which IP Fabric begins the auto-discovery process. These IPs can be device management IP addresses or networks.

If you have a specific starting point for discovering the network, you can enter it in Settings → Discovery & Snapshots → Discovery Settings → Discovery Seeds. This option does not exclude any networks from discovery.

The starting points can be management IP addresses of network devices or network subnets. Existing inventory data can also be imported.

If no seed information is entered, discovery will begin from the current default gateway.

Discovery Seeds


It is recommended to provide multiple IP addresses of core routers as starting points for discovery.

Maximum Prefix Length

When you add a network to the Discovery Seeds, IP Fabric attempts to connect to all IP addresses in that network. Due to this, the maximum prefix length you can add into a discovery seed is /23.