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Live Network Collection

This chapter describes scheduling network data collection through the Task Manager. Live network collection enables you to collect up-to-date configuration files, and link and tunnel status information. The network model is then created based on the configuration files, providing a network map and network reports. Tunnel path information can be viewed based on tunnel data collection.

Live network collection can either be done as part of the Scheduling Live Network Collection task or the Network Config Data Collection task. The former is a prerequisite for other live network features such as Fault Management, Performance Management, Traffic Collection, and diagnostics. The latter, is the offline equivalent, which polls for the same data but creates an offline, static network model rather than an online model.

Use these procedures to schedule regular collections of configuration, interface, and tunnel data and to view network models based on collected data to observe router connectivity and tunnel paths over regular intervals.

Prior to beginning this task, you must have opened the live network.

You should have connectivity from the IP/MPLSView server to the routers that you wish to collect data from.

You also must have set up a profile for the network routers from which you want to collect data as described in Chapter 3, Setting Up Device Profiles .

If you wish to have a network with both Layer 2 VLAN information and Layer 3 information, then first run a VLAN discovery as described in Chapter 6, VLAN Discovery.

Following is a high-level outline of the router data collection process and the associated, recommended procedures.

  • Access the Task Manager window and select the Scheduling Live Network Collection task.
  • Select a Router Profile and the specific routers it contains from which you want to collect data as described in Choosing Routers to be Collected.
  • Select the type of data you want to collect as described in Data to Be Collected.
  • Schedule the collection interval as described in Configuring Scheduling Parameters.
  • Submit the live network data collection task.
  • Check the task status as described in Viewing Task Status.
  • View the live network through the client interface as described in Viewing the Collected Network.
  • View the tunnel information and show a tunnel path on the map as described in Tunnel Path Information.
  • Modify or delete your existing task as described in Modifying a Task.

For a detailed description, refer to Scheduling Live Network Collection.

For information on the data repository, refer to Appendix A, Data Repository.

Modified: 2015-12-29