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    FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security) is a categorical model of the working objectives of network management.

    Fault Management

    IP/MPLSView can be used to identify present network problems and recurring network problems through the use of SNMP traps. Refer to Chapter 13, Fault Management: Events and Chapter 14, Fault Management: Threshold Crossing Alerts for more details.

    Configuration Management

    IP/MPLSView has discovery tasks to discover your network’s routers and data collection tasks to collect router configuration files and various other router output. Based on this output, regular snapshots of the topology and traffic can be displayed on the map window, and easy access to various analyses (live or offline) is available. For more details, refer to Chapter 3,Setting Up Device Profiles Chapter 7, Live Network Collection , and Chapter 8, Collecting Supplementary Device Data.

    IP/MPLSView also contains a revision manager that can be used to track changes to router configuration files on a periodical basis. In addition, potential problems can be monitored using regularly scheduled integrity checks reports. Configuration files can also regularly be compared against user-defined templates to ensure that special requirements are met. Refer to Chapter 9, Configuration File Management or the Router Guide chapters “Integrity Check Report,” “Configuration Conformance,” and “Configuration Revision” for more details about configuration file management. For backup and restore of configuration files, refer to Chapter 10, Configuration Backup and Restore. Refer to the User Guide for details about offline analyses such as what-if studies and failure simulation.

    After making changes to your network model for LSPs or VPNs, configlets can be generated that can be downloaded to the live network.

    Accounting Management

    IP/MPLSView provides views of hardware inventory usage, details, and costs. Custom link tariffs can be entered in as fixed and variable link costs/pricing tables as a function of multiple factors such as distance band, point pair, and vendor. Link utilization can be viewed graphically on the map or in a report. Refer to Chapter 15, Hardware Inventory “Hardware Model” chapter for details about hardware inventory.

    Performance Management

    IP/MPLSView can be used to collect link/tunnel utilization information via the traffic collection manager. Additionally, IP/MPLSView can be used to perform analyses using trace route, ping, CPU utilization, and Device SLA statistics. Refer to Chapter 11, Performance Management: Traffic Collection and Chapter 12, Performance Management: Network Diagnostics for more details. In offline mode, Class of Service policies can be analyzed and bottlenecks troubleshooting can also be performed. Refer to the Router Guide “Class of Service” chapter.

    Security Management

    IP/MPLSView User Administration can be used to set privileges for particular functionalities, regions, and VPNs through IP/MPLSView as described in Chapter 16, Security Management. For live network access, IP/MPLSView provides both telnet and ssh and for extra security, a two-step login process can be employed to login through an intermediate device. Additionally, IP/MPLSView supports options for TACACS for network diagnostics. Passwords and privilege passwords are encrypted in the router profiles used to collect information.

    Modified: 2015-12-29