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Ping and Traceroute for Router Groups


Device Group

  1. To ping within a group, between groups, or between a group and selected routers, a group of routers must first be created. Click Grouping > Device Group.. to create a group.

  2. Click New Group... and enter in the name of the new group. Then select from the list of available devices in the left and click Add->to move them into the group. The filter above the router list can be used to filter for a particular hardware type.

    Figure 1: Diagnostic Group Creation
    Diagnostic Group Creation
  3. To create a diagnostics group using a topology group on the standard map, use the “New from Map...” option and select from the available groups on the topology map. (To create a group on the topology map, select the routers to group and then either click on the grouping icon on the toolbar or right-click over a node and select Grouping > Group Selected. For information on creating a new group, refer to the Topology Window chapter in the IP/MPLSView Java-based Graphical User Interface Reference. Once the groups are created, click OK.

  4. Select the corresponding ping or traceroute group option from the Ping or Traceroute menus. The following is an example of Ping > Ping between Device Groups.

    Figure 2: Ping from Group1 to Group2
    Ping from Group1 to Group2

    For the traceroute between groups, note that a separate entry will still be created for each traceroute, so that the path can be analyzed on the map via the right-click option, “Show path on the map”.

Customized Advanced Group

  1. To specify greater detail for the device groups, including the specific interface to use, select Grouping > Customized Advanced Group.

    Figure 3: Customized Advanced Group
    Customized Advanced Group
  2. Click the New Group button and enter in a name of a group and an optional description. (These can be later modified by clicking the Properties button.) Select that group from the Group selection menu. Then click Add to add a new Source Router/Source Interface and Destination Router/Destination Interface pair. Click OK.

  3. To execute the selected ping pairs, select Ping > Ping by Customized Advanced Group, and select the group. The option to select either Management or Loopback IP address is still available in case the destination router’s interface was not specified in the Customized Advanced Group.

    One entry will be created for each source/destination pair from the Customized Advanced Group.

    Figure 4: Ping by Customized Advanced Group
    Ping by Customized Advanced Group

Customized VPN Diagnostics

Select Grouping > Customized VPN Diagnostics to create a group for diagnosing a Layer 3 VPN. This will create the necessary source device/interface to destination device/interface pairs to ping between CE and PE and between PE and CE, and from the PE to the local CE loopback.

Figure 5: VPN Diagnostics Group
VPN Diagnostics Group

Customized Diagnostics Group File Format

Alternatively, these source/destination router/interface pairs can be specified via file. For the live network, it is saved to the /u/wandl/data/.network/diagnosticgroup.x file. The file format for the advanced groups can be one of the following two formats:

Customized Diagnostics Group

You may need to close and reopen the Diagnostic Manager to load in the new file.