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Tools

The Tools menu in the IP/MPLSView Web interface provides quick and easy access to the Web versions of the Task Manager, MIB Browser, Device Profiles, and User Administration features.

Task Manager

The Task Manager is a fundamental component of IP/MPLSView that you use to create, schedule, run, and manage data collection and reporting tasks for your live network.

You can access the Task Manager from either the Web interface or Java client interface in IP/MPLSView. The Web version of the Task Manager provides essentially the same features as the Java client version, with only minor variations in the appearance of the GUI. To facilitate access to the same set of tasks from both the Web interface and the Java client, tasks that you create using the Java version of Task Manager are visible in the Web version of Task Manager. Conversely, tasks that you create using the Web version of Task Manager are visible in the Java version of Task Manager.

To access Task Manager from the IP/MPLSView Web interface, select Tools > Task Manager from the window’s main menu. The Web version of Task Manager enables you to perform the following tasks:

  • Create, modify, delete, duplicate, and schedule network data collection tasks.
  • Stop a task that is in progress.
  • Search a list of tasks by name or by type of task.
  • Chain together a sequence of similar tasks by scheduling a particular task to run immediately after another task.

Note: To run the SAM Collection task, SAM Interface Traffic Collection task, SAM LSP Statistics Collection task, or Network Performance Data Report task, you must acess and use Task Manager from the Java client interface. All other tasks are supported in both the Web version and Java version of Task Manager.

Figure 291 shows an example of the Web-based Task Manager window, with the Actions drop-down menu expanded. In this example, the Scheduling Live Network Collection task (SLNC 12-01-2015) is currently running, and its task status is displayed.

Figure 291: Task Manager (Web Version)

Task Manager (Web Version)

To create a new task in Task Manager:

  1. Click New Task, or select Actions > New Task.
  2. Select the task, and specify a task name and optional comment.

    To select the task from a smaller list of related tasks, select the type of task in the Task Group field and then select the task.

    Figure 292: Creating a New Task

    Creating a New Task
  3. Click Next.
  4. Specify the devices in the live network from which to collect data.

    You can choose some or all of the devices configured in a device profile, or you can use the master profile.

    Figure 293: Selecting the Devices for Collection

    Selecting the Devices for Collection
  5. Configure the required collection options and conversion options.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Configure scheduling parameters for the new task.

    Figure 294: Scheduling the Task

    Scheduling the Task
  8. Click Next to create the new task and display it in the Task Manager window.

To manage an existing task in Task Manager, select the task name in the upper pane and click the appropriate button, or right-click the task name and select the desired task from either the Actions drop-down menu or the task drop-down menu. You can access the same set of tasks from the Actions drop-down menu and the task drop-down menu.

  • To view or modify task properties, click or select View/Modify.
  • To delete a task, click or select Delete.
  • To perform other tasks such as stopping a running task, removing devices in a scheduled task, updating the task status, and duplicating a task, select the desired task from either the Actions drop-down menu or the task drop-down menu.

    Figure 295: Managing an Existing Task

    Managing an Existing Task

MIB Browser

The Web version of the MIB Browser and the Java version of the MIB Browser provide similar features. Specifically, the Web version of the MIB Browser enables you to work with SNMP to perform the following tasks without having to log in to the Java client:

  • View, load, and unload SNMP MIB information
  • Query SNMP MIB information from a network device
  • Filter the SNMP MIB tree display by trap numbers.

The following procedures highlight the major differences between the Web MIB Browser and the Java MIB browser when you perform these tasks.

Before you begin:

  • Access the MIB Browser from the IP/MPLSView Web GUI by selecting Tools > MIB Browser.

To view MIB information:

  1. In the left pane, select the MIB object about which you want more information.
  2. Select the MIB detail tab to view a description of the selected MIB object.

    Figure 296: MIB Browser (Web Version) with MIB Details

    MIB Browser (Web Version) with MIB Details

To load and unload MIB subtrees:

  1. From the MIB Detail tab or the Access Device tab, click the gear icon and select Load MIB.

    Figure 297: Gear Icon in MIB Browser (Web Version)

    Gear Icon in MIB Browser (Web Version)
  2. Specify whether you want to load the new MIBs from the local client or the IP/MPLSView server, and browse to find the MIBs you want to load.

    If you load the MIBs from the server, the Browse button accesses the /u/wandl/thirdparty/MIBs directory by default, which is the repository for MIBs from Juniper Networks and other vendors.

    Figure 298: Server File Browser

    Server File Browser
  3. Click Select to load the desired MIBs.
  4. To unload a specified MIB object, right-click the object in the left pane and select Unload this MIB.

To query SNMP MIB information from network devices:

  1. On the Access Device tab, specify the IP address in one of the following ways:
    • Click the magnifying glass icon in the Host/IP Address box. Select the device profile and associated network device that you want to query, and click Select.

      This action populates the Hostname, Host/IP Address, SNMP Community, and SNMP Port settings on the Access Device tab.

    • Type a value in the Host/IP Address box.
  2. Specify the SNMP Version (SNMPv1, SNMPv2c, or SNMPv3), and the SNMP Community string (default value is public).

    Choosing SNMPv3 displays additional authentication and password settings in the SNMPv3 group box.

    Figure 299: MIB Browser Access Device Tab

    MIB Browser Access Device Tab
  3. In the left pane, click the MIB object (for which you want to collect information.

    This action populates the OID setting on the Access Device tab.

  4. Retrieve data for the selected OID in one of the following ways:
    • To get data for the specified OID, select Retrieve > Get.
    • To step through the OIDs to get data for the next OID in the MIB, select Retrieve > Get next repeatedly.
    • To get data for all of the child OIDs of a selected parent OID, select Retrieve > Get all.

      For example, Figure 300 shows the results of retrieving all child OIDs under the ifXTable MIB object.

      Figure 300: MIB Browser Retrieving All OIDs

      MIB Browser Retrieving
All OIDs

To filter the MIB tree display by trap numbers:

  • From the MIB Detail tab or the Access Device tab, click the gear icon and select Filter by trap.

    For example, Figure 301 shows the MIB objects under ifEntry listed in ascending order by trap number.

    Figure 301: MIB Browser Filtering by Trap Numbers

    MIB Browser Filtering
by Trap Numbers

Device Profiles

To enable IP/MPLSView to connect to and collect data from devices in your network, you must configure one or more device profile. A device profile is a list of devices (typically routers and switches) that specifies connection attributes including the device type, login credentials, and IP addresses. You can define multiple device profiles, each containing as many devices as needed for your topology.

You can access the Device Profile window from either the Web interface or Java client interface in IP/MPLSView. The Web version of the Device Profile window provides the same features as the Java client version, with only minor variations in the appearance of the GUI.

To access the Device Profiles window from the IP/MPLSView Web interface, select Tools > Device Profiles from the window’s main menu. The Web version of the Device Profiles window enables you to perform the following tasks:

  • Create device entries and profiles.
  • Modify device entries and profiles.
  • Delete device entries and profiles.
  • Verify connectivity for one or more devices in a device profile.

Note: To import a device profile into IP/MPLSView from an external source such as a configuration file, you must access and use the Device Profile window from the Java client interface. For information, see Import Router Profile.

To create a new device profile:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top of the Profile Names pane and select New Profile.
  2. Specify the profile name in the Add New Profile window, and click OK.

    The new profile is displayed in the Profile Names pane.

    Figure 302: Device Profiles Window

    Device Profiles Window

To add devices to a device profile:

  1. Select the name of the device profile you want to populate, and click Add.

    The Add New Device window appears. (The Add New Device window is identical to the Modify Devices window shown in Figure 303.)

  2. Specify the access parameters and SNMP parameters for the new device, and click Add.

    The new device entry is displayed in the Device List pane for the selected profile.

    For detailed descriptions of the parameters in the Add New Device window, see Populating a Device Profile.

To modify a device entry in a profile:

  1. Select the name of the device you want to modify, and click Modify.

    The Modify Devices window appears.

  2. Update the parameters as needed for your device, and click Modify.

    For detailed descriptions of the parameters in the Modify Devices window, see Populating a Device Profile.

    Figure 303: Modifying a Device Entry in a Profile

    Modifying a Device
Entry in a Profile

To delete a device entry or a device profile:

  1. Select the profile name (from the Profile Names pane) or device name (from the Device List pane) that you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete.

To verify connectivity for one or more devices in a device profile:

  1. In the Device List pane, select the names of one or more devices for which you want to verify connectivity.
  2. Click Test Connectivity.

    The Profile Connectivity window appears.

  3. Click Start to begin the connectivity test using the default connectivity testing options.

    To stop the test before it completes, you can click Stop.

  4. (Optional) To override the default connectivity testing options, click Options and specify a subset of connectivity checks to perform by using the Ping, Telnet SSH, and SNMP protocols.

    For more information, see Test Profile Connectivity.

User Administration

The User Administration window enables you to perform the following tasks to create and manage the user and user group accounts that access the IP/MPLSView software:

  • Create, modify, and delete users and user groups.
  • Assign users to user groups.
  • Assign permissions to view or modify features and functions at the user group level.
  • Define regions and assign devices to regions.
  • Work with Web VPN groups.

You can access the User Administration window from either the Web interface or Java client interface in IP/MPLSView. The Web version of the User Administration window provides the same features as the Java client version, with only minor variations in the appearance of the GUI.

To access the User Administration window from the IP/MPLSView Web interface:

  • Select Tools > User Admin from the window’s main menu.

To create user groups and assign permissions:

  1. Display the User Groups tab.
  2. Select the type of group you want to create—Full Access, Web Portal, or Web VPN—and click Add Group.
  3. Specify a name for the new group.

    Figure 304: User Administration User Groups

    User Administration User Groups
  4. Assign a set of privileges to the new user group by selecting one or more features and functions that the group can access.

To add, modify, or delete users:

  1. Display the Users tab.
  2. Take one of the following actions:

    • To add a new user, click Add and complete the specified fields in the Add User window.
    • To modify an existing user, select the user name, click Modify, and update the fields in the Modify User window.

      Figure 305: User Administration Modify User

      User Administration Modify User
    • To delete an existing user, select the user name and click Delete.

To define regions and assign devices to regions:

  1. Display the Region Definitions tab.
  2. Select Add New Region in the right pane and specify the name of the region.
  3. Select one or more network devices in the left pane and drag the devices to the name of the newly added region in the right pane.

    Figure 306: User Administration Region Definitions

    User Administration Region Definitions

Modified: 2015-12-29