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Populating a Device Profile


Determine how you want to logically group your network routers to facilitate config file organization and information entry. You can put them all in the same device profile or separate it into separate device profiles. Later you can select routers from one or multiple groups for collection purposes.

If you wish to use the Autodiscovery option to discover your network from a subset of all the routers, as described in Network Discovery Overview, you only need to include in your device profile the seed routers from which you want IP/MPLSView to start the discovery process. For example, to auto-discover using OSPF, enter one router in each OSPF area in order to collect configurations for all the routers in that area. When you perform the auto-discovery, the software creates a new profile that contains the original routers plus newly discovered routers.

To add entries to your device profile, select the device profile from the left pane of the Device Profiles window to display its contents in the upper right pane. Then, click the Add button. The New Device Profile Entry window is displayed, with the general parameters described in Table 1.

Figure 1: New Device Profile Entry Window General Parameters
New Device Profile Entry Window General Parameters

Table 1: General Parameters in New Device Profile Entry Window



Device Name

Name of the network device, which should be identical to the hostname. During configuration collection, the software uses this name as part of the name of the collected configuration file. The configuration filename uses the format If the device name is left blank, the configuration filename uses the format ip.cfg.

Device IP

IP address of the network device.


Name of the hardware vendor for the device. Possible values include, but are not limited to: Generic, Cisco, Juniper, ERX, Foundry, Riverstone, CRS, and New. If you select Generic as the vendor, the software attempts to guess the vendor by issuing the show version CLI command. For traffic collection purposes, you must specify this field explicitly by choosing a value other than Generic.

Note: You can also update the Vendor list by adding a new vendor in the Hardware Vendor/Type Manager, provided that you add the related commands in the /u/wandl/db/command directory. See Editing Show Commands for Data Collection for additional information.


Model number of the network device.


Type of operating system installed on the device.

OS Version

Version number of the operating system build installed on the network device.

Enable Level

Default = 0; Reserved for future use. (Some devices may require a privilege password with a different enable level)

Login / Password

Login ID and password for the network device.

Privilege Login / Privilege Password

Login ID and password for situations that require a higher-security login. Use a login that has the appropriate privileges for the vendor-specific show commands listed in Editing Show Commands for Data Collection.


Timeout value for telnet access method. The default value is 300 seconds.


Number of retries for telnet. The default number of retries is 3.

Access Method

Method used to access the network device. Possible values include:

  • telnet—(Default) Use only telnet access.

  • ssh—Use only ssh access.

  • telnet | ssh—Try telnet access first, and then try ssh access if telnet access fails.

  • ssh | telnet—Try ssh access first, and then try telnet access if ssh access fails.


A space-delimited list of one or more intermediate servers that act as gateways to the device. The servers should either have the same login and password as the device, or there should be another entry in the device profile for the intermediate servers to indicate their login and password information. When scheduling a task to collect data for a device through an intermediate server, you must add the intermediate servers to the list of devices to be collected if the intermediate server and the devices have different login and password information.

Telnet Port

Port number for telnet access. The default telnet port number is 23.

SSH Command

The full path of the command and options used for ssh; for example, /usr/bin/ssh -1 -p 8888

Management IP

The management IP address, which is used first to connect to the device, if available. If this connection fails, the software instead uses the IP address of the device.

Click the SNMP Parameters tab to enter in further details for polling the router via SNMP. Some of the fields for SNMP V3 are grayed out by default, and can be enabled by selecting V3 from the SNMP Version selection box.

Figure 2: New Device Profile Entry Window SNMP Parameters
New Device Profile Entry Window SNMP Parameters

The SNMP parameters are described in the table.

Table 2: SNMP Parameters in New Device Profile Entry Window



SNMP Version

V1, V2, V2C, V3


Default = 161.


SNMP get community string. The GET community can be optionally encrypted by selecting the encryption icon to the right of this field.

Note: After you encrypt this field, it cannot be reversed from the Java interface to show the associated text.


SNMP set community string; Reserved for future use

SNMP Timeout

Default = 3 seconds.

SNMP Retry

Default = 3 retries.

V3 User Name

User name

V3 Context Name

Context name

V3 Context Engine

Hexadecimal string representing the Context Engine ID

V3 Authentication

Authentication type, for example, MD5, SHA-1, NONE

V3 Auth. Password

Associated authentication key, used to sign the message

V3 Privacy

Privacy type, for example, CBC-DES, NONE

V3 Privacy Password

Associated privacy key used to encrypt the message’s data portion

After completing the SNMP parameters, click Add . Your new entry is displayed in the Device Profiles window. The New Device Profile Entry window remains on the screen, allowing you to quickly create another entry. Modify the necessary fields, including Router Name and IP Address, and click Add when you are finished. When you complete adding all entries to your device profile, click Cancel to close the New Device Profile Entry window.