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Viewing Information About Devices and Links in the Network Topology

 

When you select (click) or right-click a network element on the network topology in the IP/MPLSView Web interface, you can launch a variety of associated actions to monitor these network elements.

When you select a network element (device or link) in the topology, a window is displayed with a description of the element. For example, Figure 1 shows the topology with a window that displays the key properties of the Gigabit Ethernet link between devices 8_LYON and 10_BARCELONA.

When you right-click a device (sometimes referred to as a node) in the topology, you can select any of the actions shown in the Node menu inFigure 2.

Figure 2: Main Window Node Menu
Main Window Node Menu

When you right-click a link in the topology, you can select any of the following actions from the Link menu shown in Figure 3.

The following procedures show how to launch a few of the associated actions from the network topology by right-clicking a device or link.

To view real-time interface traffic for a device:

  1. Right-click the device on the network map.
  2. Select Real Time Interface Traffic from the menu.

    The Live Interface Traffic Chart for the selected device is displayed.

    Figure 4: Live Interface Traffic Chart
    Live Interface Traffic Chart

    The upper pane shows the ingress and egress traffic charts. The bottom pane lists the traffic values for each data point time. Hold your mouse pointer over a data point to display a pane that shows the time and traffic value.

To run CLI statements for a device:

  1. Right-click the device on the network map.
  2. Select Run CLI from the menu.

    The Run CLI window is displayed for the selected device.

    Figure 5: Run CLI Window for Selected Device
    Run CLI Window for Selected Device
  3. In the CLI Commands pane, navigate to and select the CLI command you want to run.
  4. Click Collect, and then click Run CLI.

    The output of the command you selected appears in the Output pane.

To display a traffic chart for a link:

  1. Right-click the link for which you want to display the traffic chart.
  2. Select Traffic Chart from the pop-up menu.

    The Link Traffic Chart for the selected link is displayed.

    Figure 6: Traffic Chart for Selected Link
    Traffic Chart for Selected Link

    The upper pane shows the ingress and egress traffic charts. The bottom pane lists the traffic values for each data point time. You can use the controls at the top of the window to reload the chart, select the day, week, month, or year, reset the zoom, save the chart as an image, export to Excel, select the time period, select the chart style, show or hide the data points, and enable auto refresh. Hold your mouse pointer over a data point to display a pane that shows the time and traffic value.