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New and Changed Features

This section describes the new and enhanced features in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0.

Note: For the most up-to-date information about WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, see these Release Notes.

Features Added to Web Portal

  • New features supported in Web Portal—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, the Web Portal supports the following features that enable you to set up data collection from the live network, administer user accounts, and perform network troubleshooting directly from the Web Portal. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, these features were available only from the Java client module.
    • MIB Browser—Searches your network devices for MIB and object identifier (OID) information.
    • Reports—Generates on-demand Web reports for the live network.
    • Task Manager—Schedules and executes a variety of tasks including network discovery, configuration collection, data collection, and report generation.
    • Traffic Collection Manager—Manages data collectors and controls the type of traffic data collected from your network devices.
    • User Administration—Manages user access to IP/MPLSView features, and organizes devices into regional control groups.
  • Web logout actions added to User Activity Log—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can view information about Web logout actions in the User Activity Log. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, the User Activity Log did not display Web logout actions.

    Note: When you log out of the IP/MPLSView Web Portal, you must click logout. Simply closing your Web browser or closing the browser window tab does not record this action as a Web logout in the User Activity Log.

High Availability

  • Linux OS high availability support—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can install and configure high availability for the CentOS 6.5 64-bit Linux operating system. High availability support provides redundancy, reliability, and resiliency for packet-based communications. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, high availability is supported only for the Oracle Solaris Operating System.

    The following software components, which are part of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-On, are installed for high availability:

    • Resilient storage—Global File System 2 (GFS2) supports concurrent access.
    • High availability—The CentOS high availability add-on reduces application downtime, ensures that a cluster has no single point of failure, and isolates unresponsive applications and devices to prevent corruption of critical enterprise data.
    • High availability management—High-availability service management, which is installed only on the management node, enables you to create and manage high-availability cluster services in a CentOS cluster.

MIB Browser

  • Support for MIB Browser in Web Portal —Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use the MIB Browser from the Web Portal to perform the following tasks:
    • Load and view MIB information
    • Query SNMP MIB information from network devices
    • Organize the MIB tree display

Reports

  • Support for on-demand Web reports in Web Portal—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use the Web Portal to generate on-demand Web reports for the live network. To generate these reports in IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, you used Task Manager from the Java client GUI to schedule the Web report tasks.
  • Newly Discovered Devices report—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use the new Newly Discovered Devices report to quickly and easily identify newly discovered devices or devices that are no longer in the network. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, newly discovered network devices are not indicated in the Report Manager.
  • Hardware Inventory report enhancements to display IPv6 and AS information—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, the Hardware Inventory report includes two new columns, labeled IPv6 and AS, to display the IPv6 address and autonomous system (AS) number, respectively. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, IPv6 information is reported in node, link, and interface windows but not in the Hardware Inventory report.
  • Support for BGP autonomous system filters—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, the following reports accessible from the Network Reports menu support BGP autonomous system (AS) filters (for example, NodeA.AS and NodeZ.AS):
    • Network Reports > Link Reports > Demand Traffic vs Interface Traffic
    • Network Reports > Group > Group Demand Traffic on Link Detail
    • Network Reports > Group > Group Interface Load Detail

    In addition, you can use NodeA.AS, NodeZ.AS, NodeA.Group, and NodeZ.Group as search terms in the IP/MPLSView Advanced Filters GUI.

RESTful API

  • Support for RESTful API—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use the Representation State Transfer (RESTful) API to enable northbound systems interacting with higher-level applications to receive various data sets by means of standard HTTP GET requests. The RESTful API enables you to query information about the network topology, performance management, hardware components, and traffic collection.

    The RESTful API includes the following data sets:

    • Traffic and performance management data for network and device performance

      For example, the RESTful API for traffic and performance management data enables you to retrieve information about interface and label-switched path (LSP) traffic by router or by date. You can also retrieve data for network connectivity (using the Ping tools), link latency, CPU and memory usage, CPU temperature, and system uptime.

    • Network model data for nodes, links, interfaces, MPLS traffic engineering LSPs, and hardware inventory

      For example, the RESTful API for network model data enables you to retrieve a list of all nodes that have interfaces, a list of all interfaces configured for a given node, or a list of the traffic engineering LSPs for a given node. When the Scheduling Live Network Collection task completes, IP/MPLSView creates the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) files in the /u/wandl/data/network_web1/nodes directory.

System Administration

Support for new commands—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use the following commands to support the RESTful API feature and Web Portal components:

  • To see the process status, issue the /u/wandl/bin/status_mplsview command.
  • To manually start services, issue the /u/wandl/bin/nodejs_server.sh start command.
  • To manually stop services, issue the /u/wandl/bin/nodejs_server.sh stop command.

In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, these nodejs commands are not implemented.

Task Manager

  • Support for Task Manager in Web Portal —Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use Task Manager from the Web Portal to perform the following tasks:
    • Create, modify, delete, duplicate, and schedule network tasks
    • Stop a task that is in progress
    • Search on the name or type of task
    • Chain together similar tasks
    • Remove nodes for specific tasks

    For most tasks, the Task Manager GUI in the Web Portal is similar to the Task Manager GUI in the Java client.

  • Support for device profiles in Web Portal—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can create, modify, and delete device entries and device profiles from the Web Portal. You can also test the network connectivity of the devices in your profiles, and import device profiles from other sources into IP/MPLSView.
  • Support for Juniper Networks interface modules in Device SNMP Collection task—Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, additional information collected in the Device SNMP Collection task includes interface modules for Juniper Networks devices. In IP/MPLSView releases earlier than Release 6.2.0, information from the Device SNMP Collection task did not include interface modules for Juniper Networks devices.

Traffic Collection Manager

  • Support for Traffic Collection Manager in Web Portal —Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use Traffic Collection Manager from the Web Portal to perform the following tasks:
    • Create, modify, and delete router groups
    • Assign routers and data collectors to router groups
    • Select the collection tables you want to use for data collection
    • Modify device profile properties for data collection
    • Manage collection status
    • Test network connectivity

User Administration

  • Support for User Administration in Web Portal —Starting in WANDL IP/MPLSView Release 6.2.0, you can use User Administration from the Web Portal to perform the following tasks:
    • Create, modify, and delete users and user groups
    • Assign users to user groups
    • Assign permissions to view or modify features at the user group level
    • Define regions and assign devices to regions
    • Use Web VPN groups

Modified: 2015-08-17