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Junos Space User Interface Overview

The Junos Space user interface is designed to look and behave in a familiar way for most users. To familiarize yourself with it quickly, try the example in Navigating the Junos Space User Interface. It will direct you back to this topic for any less-than-obvious details.

Multiple users can have concurrent access to the user interface via Web browsers. All users have access to the same current information in the same system-wide database. Access to tasks and objects is controlled by permissions assigned to each user.

The examples shown here are from the Network Application Platform (hereafter called the Platform) user interface. Other applications may have design variations.

The Main Display

When you have logged into Junos Space, the first display you see is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Junos Space First Display

Junos Space First Display

This display has three main parts: a task tree on the left side, which is always available; a main window on the right, whose content changes as you select items from the task tree; and a banner across the top, which offers the date and time and several icon buttons for frequently used actions. These parts are described in the succeeding sections.

Banner

The banner displays the date and server time in the active time zone and the global actions icons.


Figure 2: Junos Space Banner

Junos Space Banner

This banner is always present. Table 1 describes the global action icons at its right side.


Table 1: Global Action Icons

Global Action Icon

Description

Displays the application Help. To access workspace context-sensitive Help, click the Help icon after navigating to that workspace. See Accessing Help.

Displays the My Jobs dialog box, from which you can view the progress and status of current managed jobs. See Viewing Your Jobs.

Displays the User Preferences dialog box from which you can change user preferences, such as the password. See Changing User Passwords.

Logs you out of the system. See Logging Out.

Task Tree

The task tree on the left side of the display is always present and is the navigation center for Junos Space. As shown in Figure 1, when you first log in, the box at the top of the tree beneath the Applications banner displays Platform by default. You can drop this list down to see all the other Junos Space applications available on your system. (You can install other applications using the Manage Applications task group, as described in the Application Management Overview.)

You can collapse the task tree to the left using the double left arrows in its header, and re-expand it using the double right arrows.

Below the application name is the word Dashboard, selected by default. It indicates that what you see in the right-hand window is the dashboard for the current application, in this case for the Platform. The dashboard shows several measures of overall system health.

Below the Dashboard item in the tree is a list of the task groups available in the current application. This list forms the top level of the task tree. If you select a different application in the Application box, you will see the task group list change. This topic describes the task groups for the Platform; for the task groups in other applications, see their respective documentation.

The task groups in the Platform are described at a high level in Table 2.

Table 2: Task Group (Workspace) Names

Task Group Name

Function

Devices

Manage devices, including adding, discovering, importing, and updating them. See Device Management Overview.

Device Templates

Create configuration definitions and templates used to deploy configuration changes on multiple Juniper Networks devices. See Device Templates Overview.

Device Images and Scripts

Download a device image from the Juniper Networks Software download site to your local file system, upload it into Junos Space, and deploy it on one or more devices at once. See Device Images Overview.

Use Junos scripts (configuration and diagnostic automation tools) to deploy, verify, enable, disable, remove, and execute scripts deployed to devices.

Network Monitoring

Assess the performance of your network, not only at a point in time, but also over a period of time. See Network Monitoring Overview.

Config Files

Maintain copies of device running, candidate, and backup configuration files, providing for device configuration recovery and maintaining consistency across multiple devices. SeeManaging Configuration Files Overview.

Job Management

Monitor the progress of ongoing jobs. See Job Management Overview.

Users

Add, manage, and delete users. See Understanding How to Configure Users to Manage Objects in Junos Space.

Audit Logs

View and filter system audit logs, including those for user login/logout, tracking device management tasks, and displaying services that were provisioned on devices.. See Junos Space Audit Logs Overview.

Administration

Add network nodes, backup your database, manage licenses and applications, or troubleshoot. See Adding a Node to an Existing Fabric, Database Backup and Restore Overview, Downloading the Troubleshooting Log File from the UI, Downloading the Troubleshooting Log File In Maintenance Mode, Application Management Overview, Viewing Tags.

You can expand any of these task groups by clicking the expansion symbol to the left of its name. When you do so, the next level of the task tree for that task group opens. Some items at this second level may also be expandable subgroups. The tree does not go deeper than three levels.

You can expand as many task groups as you like: previously expanded ones remain open until you collapse them. The design of the task tree enables you to jump from area to area within an application with the minimum number of selections.

Main Window

When you log into Junos Space, the main window shows the Platform application dashboard.

When you select a task group name (as opposed to expanding it), the main window changes and displays graphical statistics for that task group. Task groups are also referred to as workspaces, so this display is called Workspace Statistics. It is similar in functionality to the overall system dashboard, but it pertains only to that task group.

Selecting the name of a subtask whose name begins with “Manage” causes the main window to display an inventory of the objects managed in table format.

Each of these tools is discussed in a later section of this topic.

Application Dashboard

When you select an application In the box above the task tree, a dashboard displays graphical data about devices, jobs, users, administration, and so on.

The dashboard provides a snapshot of the current status of objects managed and operations performed within a Junos Space application. The Platform dashboard, shown in Figure 3, displays the system health of your network and the percentage of jobs run successfully and in progress.

Figure 3: Platform Dashboard

Platform Dashboard

The following sections describe the parts of the Platform Dashboard.

Dashboard Gadgets

The Platform dashboard contains gadgets (graphs and charts) that display statistics that provide a quick view of system health. They include a gauge for overall system condition and graphs that display the fabric load and active user history. For an explanation of the data shown in these gadgets, see Understanding Overall System Condition and Fabric Load.

You can move and resize gadgets. All dashboard gadgets are visible for all users and are updated in real time. To print or save a graph or chart, right-click on it to bring up a menu.

Select (single click) a gadget or gadget elements to see more detailed information. Typically, selecting a gadget element takes you either to the statistics page of the associated task group, or to an inventory page. Some gadgets let you filter information by selecting a specific segment or bar from a chart, or a specific line of a table. For example, if you select the red segment on the Job Information gadget, you navigate to the Job Management > Manage Jobs inventory page, which in this case displays only failed tasks.

Return to the dashboard by selecting Dashboard in the task tree.

Note: If you do not have user privileges to view certain application data, you cannot view more detailed information if you select a gadget.

Table 3 describes the mouse-over and selection (single click) operations you can perform on dashboard gadgets.

Table 3: Gadget Mouse-Over and Selection Operations

Gadget

Mouse-Over Information

Double-Click Navigation

Overall System Condition gauge

N/A

Select the indicator needle to display the Administration > Manage Fabric page. See Understanding Overall System Condition and Fabric Load.

Fabric Load History graph

Mouse over a graph data point to view the CPU Usage (average usage percentage)

Select a graph data point to display the Administration > Manage Fabric page. See Viewing Nodes in the Fabric.

Active User History graph

Mouse over a graph data point to view the Active user (total count)

Select the graph data point display the Users statistics page, filtered by active users. See Viewing User Statistics.

Job information pie chart

Mouse over the pie chart to view the percentage of jobs that have been successful.

Select a segment of the pie chart to display the Job Management > Manage Jobs inventory page, filtered by that segment. To see the list unfiltered, select the red X beside the filter criterion, above the column headings on the left side. See Viewing Scheduled Jobs.

Task Group (Workspace) Statistics

When you select the name of a task group (workspace) in the task tree, Junos Space displays high-level statistics representing the status of managed objects in that task group. Figure 4 shows the statistics page for the Devices workspace.

Figure 4: Workspace Statistics Pages

Workspace Statistics Pages

To print or save the statistics, right-click the graphic (bar chart or pie chart).

You can move charts and graphs on the screen or resize them.

If a chart has more data points than can be viewed clearly at once, a scroll bar appears at the bottom or side of the chart.

If you click a bar or pie-chart segment, you navigate to the corresponding inventory page, filtered according to the bar or segment you selected. For example, if you click the MX240 devices bar in the Device Count by Platform bar chart, you navigate to the Platform > Devices > Manage Devices inventory page, which in this case displays all the MX240 devices on the network that are discovered and managed by Junos Space.

If you click the slice in the Device Status pie chart that represents the number of devices that are down, you navigate to the Manage Devices inventory page that displays all of the devices on the network that are down.

Inventory Page

Throughout the Junos Space user interface, you navigate to an inventory page by selecting an application, expanding an application task group, then selecting a management task, such as Manage Devices, Manage Users, or Manage Jobs. For example, to view the Manage Devices inventory page, select Platform > Devices > Manage Devices.

On the inventory pages, managed objects are displayed in tables. The columns shown vary depending on which Junos Space applications you have installed. For example, in the Manage Devices inventory page, the an application might add a column between two of the columns shown in Figure 5.

Each managed object stored in the Junos Space database includes specific data. For example, devices are stored in the database according to device name, interfaces, OS version, platform, IP address, connection, managed status, and several other items of information.

Inventory pages enable you to view and manipulate managed objects individually or collectively. Managed objects include devices, logs, users, jobs, clients, software, licenses, and so forth. You can browse, zoom, filter, tag, and sort objects.

You can manipulate objects in tables by changing the width of columns, sorting columns, and hiding columns.

Select an object or objects by checking the box to the left of each object. You can select one, several, or all objects and perform actions on them using right-click actions or items in the Actions menu on the right side of the inventory page banner. The box to the left in the first column of the column head row selects or deselects all items.

Note: The function and implementation of individual inventory pages depends on the Junos Space application design.

Parts of the Inventory Page

Figure 5 shows the parts of the Manage Devices inventory page user interface.

Figure 5: Manage Devices Inventory Page

Manage Devices Inventory
Page

Banner Icon Buttons

Depending on the nature of the inventory page, its banner may contain any of the icons shown in Table 4. Mouse over an icon to see its name.

Table 4: Inventory Page Banner Icon Buttons

Symbol

Name

Function

Tag

Displays/hides a left-side tag menu that allows you to filter inventory page contents according to tags. See Filtering Inventory Using Tags.

Display Quick View

Displays/hides a small window summarizing data about the selected object.

Create Object

Displays a window in which you can create an instance of this type of object.

Show Object Details

Displays a window containing full details about the selected object: for example, all the permissions of a user.

Modify Object

Displays a window allowing you to edit the selected object.

Delete Object

Deletes the selected object.

Return to the inventory page by closing a window, if possible, or by selecting within the breadcrumbs at the top of the page.

Sorted-by Indicator

The Sorted-by indicator is a small arrowhead next to a column name. It displays how the objects are sorted in a column. After you have sorted a column, the column name is highlighted and the indicator appears.

You can sort inventory data using the Sort Ascending and Sort Descending commands in the column header drop-down menu. Click the down arrow on a table header to view the sort menu. In Figure 6, the device inventory is sorted by the Name column.

Figure 6: Sorting Tables

Sorting Tables

Some columns do not support sorting.

Show or Hide Columns

Hide table columns by deselecting the column name in the Columns Cascading menu, as shown in Figure 7. It is available in any column. Only selected column names appear in the inventory table.

Figure 7: Showing or Hiding Columns in Tables

Showing or Hiding Columns
in Tables

Filter Submenus

The Filter submenus let you temporarily hide all of the entries in the table that do not match criteria that you are interested in. These features let you quickly find and evaluate the table entries of interest. For details, see Filtering Inventory Pages.

To filter tables on various criteria, right-click the column header and use the Filter submenu. The choices available depend on the nature of the selected column.

Whenever you filter a table, the application displays the filter criteria, including the columns being filtered, above the table. The inventory table also displays a red X to the right of the filter criteria, and the column name is shown in italic font. You can clear the filter and restore the table to its original view by clicking the red X.

Figure 8: Typical Filter Submenu

Typical Filter Submenu

Search Field

Use the Search text field on the left of the inventory page banner to search for specific objects to display on the inventory page. Typing the first letter of an object displays the available names that start with that letter.

Clicking the magnifying glass at the right in the search field displays a list with the names of inventory objects. When you select a search option in the list, inventory items specific to that search option only are displayed on the page.

Figure 9: Search

Search

You can create tags to categorize objects. For more information about tagging objects to select similar objects, see Tagging an Object.

To display all the inventory objects on the page again, clear the contents in the Search box and press Enter.

Actions Menu

You can perform actions on one or more selected items on an inventory page by using the Actions menu at the right side of the banner, or by right-clicking items. To use the Actions menu, select one or more objects, select the Actions menu to open it, and select an action or subgroup of actions. (A subgroup has an arrowhead next to its name.) For example, to view the physical interfaces of a device, select that device in the Manage Devices inventory page, open the Actions menu, expand the Device Inventory subgroup, and select View Physical Inventory.

You can also select one or more items in the inventory page, then right-click. The right-click menu appears, providing the same functionality as the Actions menu.

Note: If you are using Mozilla Firefox, the Advanced JavaScript Settings might disable the right-click menu.

To ensure that you can use the right-click menu:

  1. In Mozilla Firefox, choose Tools > Options to display the Options dialog box.
  2. In the Options dialog box, click the Content tab.
  3. Click Advanced to display the Advanced JavaScript Settings dialog box.
  4. Select the Disable or replace context menus option.
  5. Click OK in the Advanced JavaScript Settings dialog box.
  6. Click OK in the Options dialog box.

Paging Controls

Figure 10 shows the paging controls that appear at the bottom of the inventory page. You can use these controls to browse the inventory when the inventory is too large to fit on one page.

Figure 10: Page Information Bar

Page Information Bar

The Page box lets you jump to a specific page of managed objects. Type the page number in the Page box and press Enter to jump to that field. The Show box enables you to customize the number of objects displayed per page. Table 5 describes other table controls.

Table 5: Table Paging and Refreshing Controls

Page Control

Operation

Advances to the next page of the table.

Returns to the previous page of the table.

Displays the last page of the table.

Displays the first page of the table.

Refreshes the table content.

Published: 2012-11-17