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    Understanding the Management Lifecycle Modes in Connectivity Services Director

    Connectivity Services Director enables automated design and provisioning of VPN services, such as point-to-point services, virtual private LAN (VPLS), and Layer 3 VPN services, label-switched path (LSP) services, such as MPLS, RSVP, and static LSP services, configuration of QoS profiles, validation and monitoring of service performance and management of synchronization.

    By providing full network lifecycle management, Connectivity Services Director simplifies the discovery, configuration, visualization, monitoring, and administration of large networks. Operators can quickly deploy a network by using Connectivity Services Director, configure it optimally to improve network uptime and maximize resources, and respond agilely to the needs of applications and users.

    The Connectivity Services Director user interface is based on the network management lifecycle. The interface provides five main working modes that are aligned to the network management lifecycle, and a sixth mode for working with Connectivity Services Director itself. Each mode provides access to different tasks:

    • Build mode—You use Build mode to discover the devices in your network, to create and manage device configurations, and to manage devices. You can also organize your devices into hierarchal groups based on logical relationships or physical locations. To support flexible, large-scale deployment of devices, Build mode enables you to apply configurations across multiple devices grouped by logical relationships, physical locations, or type.

      In Build mode, you can create services for devices that are managed by Connectivity Services Director. You can define service templates and attributes of different services, and also specify policies and filters to classify and control the manner in which packets are handled by the various services. You can define point-to-point services to provide transport and encapsulation of Layer 2 Ethernet circuits between two endpoints. You can also configure virtual private LAN service (VPLS), which in turn provides multipoint-to-multipoint services and point-to-multipoint services, and Layer 3 virtual private network (VPN) functionality, which supports full-mesh and hub-and-spoke services. The service designer is responsible for creating the service definitions that the service provisioner uses as the basis for creating a service order.

    • Deploy mode—The Deploy mode enables you to deploy service order configuration changes to devices. When you make configuration changes in Build mode, the changes are not deployed to devices automatically. You must manually deploy the changes to devices in Deploy mode. Every time you make configuration changes in Build mode that affect a service, you must propagate the service order changes to the device by commissioning the configuration to the device. Configuration changes are deployed to devices at the device level. When you deploy configuration changes to a device, all pending configuration changes for that device are deployed. You can do the following configuration deployment tasks on devices that have pending changes:

      • Run configuration deployment jobs immediately or schedule them for later.

      • Preview pending configuration changes before deploying the service settings to devices.

      • Validate that the pending changes are compatible with the device configuration.

      • Manage configuration deployment jobs.

    • Monitor mode—In a network environment, it is essential and important for a network administrator or a supervisor to quickly, easily assess the device performance and operating efficiency to be able to take corrective action and restoration measures for any device alarms, overloaded conditions, or traffic drops observed. Monitor mode in Connectivity Services Director enables you to view your network status and performance. The Connectivity Services Director application monitors its managed services on devices and maintains the information it collects from the devices in a database. Monitor mode displays this information in easy-to-understand graphs and in tables that you can sort and filter, allowing you to quickly visualize the state of your network, spot trends developing over time, and find important details. The main purpose of monitoring functionalities is to allow the operators to quickly monitor the health (working condition), operating efficiency, traffic-handling capacity, and performance status of the managed devices and configured services.

    • Fault mode—Fault mode in Connectivity Services Director enables you to view your network health and welfare. Connectivity Services Director monitors its managed devices and maintains the information it collects from the devices in a database. Fault mode displays the alarms in easy-to-understand graphs and in tables that you can sort and filter, enabling you to resolve the system conditions that generated the alarms. When certain types of events are persistent, or when the condition causing the event crosses a threshold, SNMP sends a notification (also called a trap) to Connectivity Services Director. Connectivity Services Director correlates traps, describing a condition, into an alarm. To assist in diagnosing network problems and the operating efficiency of devices, the Fault mode shows you information about the health of your network and changing conditions of your equipment.

      Note: Although the Report Mode icon is displayed in the Connectivity Services Director banner, for Release 2.0, no functionalities are available under this mode.

    • Dashboard—This view enables you to allow the operators to quickly monitor health and status of the managed devices using the Dashboard view, which is a view that can be customized and provides information about your network. It is the default view that opens when you log in. You can select monitoring widgets to display on the Dashboard that show various information about the network. The health representation of the devices can be customized based on the monitoring properties defined.

    In addition to these modes, Connectivity Services Director enables you to specify customized viewing patterns from the Preferences button under the System menu on the Connectivity Services Director banner. Depending on your system authority, Preferences page can display either user settings or a combination of user settings and system settings. You can specify preferences for features such as whether monitors and reports need to display local time or server time, the options for search indexing, and the polling interval for data collection.

    Modified: 2017-07-20