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    Setting the Collection Elements

    Figure 1: Traffic Collection Manager

    Traffic Collection
    1. On the first tab called Collection Elements, double-click on the “Collectors” sub-item on the left pane of the window to see the traffic data collectors that are running. Click on the “Free Routers” sub-item on the same pane to see the routers that exist on the network.
    2. Using this Traffic Collection Manager, you may create groups of routers and then assign a different traffic data collector to each group for load distribution. Create a router group by right-clicking on the item “Global Network” and selecting Add New RouterGroup.
    3. Select the created router group and edit its name on the “Properties” pane of the window. To do that, go to the “Router group description” entry of the table and double-click on the value box. Modify the name when you see the blinking cursor in the textbox. Hit <Enter> to finish the edit.
    4. Assign a traffic data collector to this new router group by right-clicking on the router group name on the left pane. Click on Set Collector from the pop-up menu and select a traffic data collector from the list. Alternatively, you may also click on the collector from the “Collectors” list, then drag and drop it into the router group.
    5. You can add a router to the router group by adding a new router, or selecting a router from the profiles list in the Task Manager. To add a new router, right-click on the router group and select Add New Router. A new router entry will appear inside the router group. To edit its properties, click on the name of the new router on the left pane and modify its properties on the right pane by double-clicking on the value fields.
    6. To add a logical router, right-click on the router group and select Add New Router. For the Router IP, enter the loopback IP of the logical router. For the Secondary IP, enter the management IP of the physical router. For the SNMP GET port, use 161. For the SNMP GET community string, use the logical-router-name/default@community-string statement , where the variables logical-router-name and community-string are the actual names defined in the configuration file.
    7. To add a router from the profile list generated by the Task Manager, select Add From Profile when right-clicking on the router group. Select the router profile from which you wish to add from, and all the routers in that profile will automatically be added onto this router group.

      Note: If the Free Router list already has the routers in the profile list, it will not be added to the router group. You must drag and drop that router from the “Free Routers” list to the router group manually.

    8. To remove a network element (a router or a traffic data collector) from the router group, select the element and right-click to select Remove.This will not actually delete the element entirely, but will move the router to the “Free Routers” list. To delete the network element from the database entirely, right-click and select Delete, or select the delete button on the toolbar at the top of the window (the trash can icon). When changes are saved later, the settings on the server will also be deleted permanently.

      Figure 2: Toolbar Start, Stop, Refresh, Delete, Save, and Undo Items

      Toolbar Start, Stop, Refresh, Delete, Save, and Undo
    9. Sometimes the client view of a collection element needs updating when changes are made. To update the element, select the element(s) and click on the refresh button at the toolbar (the two arrows). Alternatively, you may select Refresh from the right-click popup menu.

      Note: When the Refresh button is selected for Free Routers or Collectors, it will update only the number of sub-elements. It will not, however, refresh each individual collector.

    10. To edit more than one network element simultaneously, highlight the group of elements in the tree view and edit them as normal in the property table. Note that if the elements all have the same value for a given property, that property will have a value in the property table during a group edit. However, if any one of the elements has a disparate value, the value will not appear. Any property that is set for the group edit is set for every element in the selection.

      Figure 3: Traffic Collection Manager with Router Groups and Collectors

      Traffic Collection Manager with Router Groups and Collectors
    11. Once changes are completed in the Collection Elements tab, click on the save button on the toolbar to save any changes to the server (the disk icon).

      Note: As a precautionary measure, save any series of extensive changes. When any changes are made to the client, only the last three buttons are enabled (delete, save, reset) while the changes are pending.

    12. Click the reset button if necessary to undo all the changes since the last save (the last button on the toolbar with the back arrow icon). The client will return to the “saved” state, which allows for starting/stopping the collection and refreshing an element.
    13. To search for a router within the list, right-click on Global Network and select “Find Router in Group”. This will highlight the corresponding network element. Note that if “Find Router in Group” is selected for a particular router group, rather than the Global Network, then the search will be restricted to that group.

    Modified: 2016-11-08