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Understanding the Edge Services Director User Interface

 

Junos Space Edge Services Director provides a simple-to-use, Web 2.0 user interface that you can access through standard Web browsers. The user interface uses task-based workflows to help you accomplish administrative tasks quickly and efficiently. It provides you with the flexibility to work with single or multiple devices grouped by logical relationship, location, or device type. You can filter, sort, and select columns in tables, making looking for specific information easy.

Figure 1 illustrates the main components of the interface.

Figure 1: The Edge Services Director User Interface Components

Use the Edge Services Director banner, shown in Figure 2, to select the working mode. You can also use the Edge Services Director banner to perform other global tasks, such as setting up your preferences or accessing Junos Space.

Figure 2: Edge Services Director Banner
Edge Services Director Banner

The following are the functions of the banner:

  • Accessing Junos Space Platform—Click to exit Edge Services Director and open the Junos Space Network Application Platform. You can switch back and forth between Edge Services Director and Junos Space without logging in again.

  • View Selector—Select the network view that you want to work in. You can choose from one of the following views:

    • Dashboard View

    • Location View

    • Device View

    • Gateway View

    • Service View

  • Mode Icons—Select the mode you want to work in.

    Note

    You might not have access to all the Edge Services Director modes. What modes you have access to depends on your assigned user role.

  • Login as—Displays the username using which you logged in to Edge Services Director. Click the down arrow next to the username and select the scope of the view, such as global.

  • User Log out—Select this icon, which is the rightmost one in the banner, to log out of Edge Services Director and Junos Space.

  • Product Information and Online Help —Click the down arrow next to System and select either of the following options:

    • Help—Enables you to open searchable Help. This Help icon is not context-sensitive—it always opens Help to the first page. From here, you can browse or search Help. Context-sensitive Help is available from the Help icon provided on each pane or page.

    • About—Displays information about Network Director, such as the currently running version.

  • System Tasks and Jobs—Access the system tasks such as viewing audit logs and jobs and collecting troubleshooting logs.

In addition to this, Edge Services Director displays the date and time in the local time zone in the bottom right corner.

View Pane

In the View pane, Edge Services Director provides you a unified, hierarchal view of your wired, wireless, and data center networks in the form of a expand tree that is expandable and collapsible. By selecting both a view and a node in the tree, you indicate the scope over which you want an operation or task to occur. For example:

  • By selecting the service delivery gateway (SDG) group in Gateway View, you indicate that the scope for a task is the routers in the SDG group.

  • By selecting a floor node in Location View, you indicate that the scope for a task is all devices belonging to that floor.

  • By selecting the MX240 node in Device View, you indicate that the scope for a task is all MX240 routers in your network.

You can perform the following actions in the View pane:

Displaying Devices in Various Network Views

Use the selection box in the Edge Services Director banner to choose one of the following network views:

  • Dashboard View—This is a customizable view that provides information about your network. You can select and add monitoring widgets to the Dashboard View based on your requirements. This is the default view that opens when you log in to Edge Services Director.

  • Location View—Devices are organized by their physical locations. You build this view by creating sites, buildings, floors, aisles, racks, outdoor areas, and then assigning your routers to these locations.

  • Device View—Devices are organized by device type, such as routers. Within each device type, devices are organized by device model. For example, all models of MX240 routers are grouped together under one node in the tree.

  • Gateway View—Service delivery gateways (SDGs) are discovered by SDG discovery workflow. The discovered SDGs are shown in the SDG inventory page. The discovered SDGs can be a part of a high availability (HA) pair or standalone SDGs. You create the network managed by Junos Space Edge Services Director by bringing devices under the administration of the network management application and retrieving the device settings to save in the Edge Services Director database. It provides you with the ability to use device discovery to bring devices under Edge Services Director management, to customize your view of the devices, to configure devices, and to perform some common device management tasks.

  • Service View—You can create services, policies, and filters for devices that are managed by Edge Services Director. The service templates and attributes for services, policies, and filters help you classify and control the manner in which packets must be handled by the various services. You can also import objects, which are components or parameters used for creation of services, from the Service Delivery Gateways (SDGs) that are present in the Edge Services Director database or from external XML files.

Expanding or Collapsing Nodes in the Network Tree

To expand a node in the network tree, select the node and then click the Expand All icon:

The node you selected and any child nodes under the selected node are expanded to show their contents.

Similarly, to collapse a node in the network tree, select the node and then click the Collapse All icon (next to the Expand All icon). The node you selected is collapsed and no nodes under it are shown.

Searching the Network Tree

To quickly find and select a device or device group, use the search function.

To perform a search, type three or more characters in the Search box and click the Search icon, as shown in Figure 3.

Edge Services Director finds the first instance of a node whose name contains the characters. To find the next instance, click the right arrow.

Searches are not case-sensitive: a search on wla115 and one on WLA115 return the same results.

Tasks Pane

The Tasks pane is available in every mode and lists tasks specific to that mode. In addition to changing according to the mode selected, tasks listed in the Tasks pane can change. For example, some tasks are appropriate only at the device level and thus appear only when you have selected an individual device. Clicking a task brings up task-specific content in the main window. In general, to perform a task in Edge Services Director, you navigate to the task.

Alarms

The Alarms bar that is displayed at the bottom of your browser window provides a quick summary of how many critical, major, minor, and informational alarms are currently active in the network and is visible in every mode.

To display more information about alarms, click the alarm count or the Alarms bar. You are automatically placed in Fault mode and the Fault mode monitors are displayed.

Main Window or Workspace

The main window or workspace displays content relevant to the mode, scope, and task you have selected. When you log in to Edge Services Director, the main window displays the dashboard. The dashboard enables you to allow the operators to quickly monitor health and status of the managed devices. The sections or frames on the dashboard allows the operator to understand the device problem or fault at the macro level (comprehensive and widespread network health and status) and the micro level (individual device health and status). The health representation of the devices can be customized based on the monitoring properties defined. You can view all the available devices that are managed by Edge Services Director from the Device Inventory page. The Device Inventory page is accessible in Device View of Build mode as the default landing page.

Tables in Edge Services Director

Tables are used throughout Edge Services Director to display data. These tables share common features. By becoming familiar with these features, you can navigate and manipulate tabular data quickly and efficiently.

The following sections describe:

  • Moving and Resizing Columns

  • Navigating pages

  • Displaying the Column Drop-Down Menu

  • Sorting on a Column

  • Hiding and Exposing Columns

  • Searching Table Contents

  • Filtering Table Contents

Moving and Resizing Columns

You can reposition and resize columns in a table. To move a column, drag the column head to the new location. Edge Services Director displays a green check mark when you mouse over a valid column location. To resize a column, mouse over the edge of a column until the cursor becomes two vertical lines with outward arrows. Drag the column width to the new size.

Navigating Pages

Paging controls at the bottom of an applicable page allow you to navigate the entries on the pages when the inventory is too large to fit on one page. Using these controls, you can go to a specific page, navigate to the next or previous page, navigate to the first or last page of the inventory, or refresh the inventory view.

Displaying the Column Drop-Down Menu

A drop-down menu is available from each column head, allowing you to perform additional operations on columns. To display the column drop-down menu, mouse over the column head. A down arrow appears. By clicking the arrow, you display the drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Column Drop-Down Menu
Column Drop-Down Menu

Sorting on a Column

You can sort the table on a column by clicking the column head—each click changes the direction of the sort. In addition, you can use the Sort Ascending and Sort Descending options in the drop-down menu.

When you sort on a column, a small arrow appears next to the column name to indicate that the table is being sorted by the column and the direction of the sort.

Edge Services Director uses a lexical sort for tabular data that is not strict numeric data, which means that data such as IP addresses do not sort in numerical sequence, as shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Numerical Sorts and Lexical Sorts

Numerical Sort

Lexical Sort

10.93.200.65

10.93.200.129

10.93.200.129

10.93.200.199

10.93.200.199

10.93.200.65

Hiding and Exposing Columns

You can customize your tables by hiding or exposing columns. This way, you can choose to see only relevant information.

To hide or expose columns, display the drop-down menu for any column head and mouse over the Columns option, as shown in Figure 4. Select the check box beside a column in the drop-down menu to expose it. Clear the check box beside a column to hide it.

As a general rule, Edge Services Director displays all columns in a table by default. However, some tables have more columns than can fit easily within the page. In these tables, some columns are hidden by default.

Searching Table Contents

You can search for specific data in large tables by using search criteria.

To search for an item in a table, enter the search term in the text box. Select ANY for Edge Services Director to search for the term in all columns in the table. Every table has a predefined default column that the system searches; before it proceeds to search other columns.

You can also choose to search a particular column for a term. Edge Services Director displays a list of all the columns in a table. To search a particular column for a term, select that column for the list.

Note

When you enter a search expression, note the following:

  • You must add a back slash “\” if you want to use the following special characters in the search text:

    + ~ && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ “ ~ * ? : \

  • Field names are case-sensitive.

    For example, if you have a few systems running on Junos OS 12.3 Release 4.5, then os: 12.3R4.5 returns search results, whereas OS: 12.3R4.5 does not return search results. This is because the field name that is indexed is os and not OS.

  • If you want to search for a term that includes a space, enclose the term within double quotation marks.

    For example, to search for all devices that are synchronized (that is, In Sync), enter “In Sync” in the Search field.

  • You must append "*" if you want to search using partial keywords. Otherwise, the search returns 0 (zero) matches or hits.

You can filter search results by specifying one or more search terms. Edge Services Director uses the AND operator for each search term that you enter. Edge Services Director lists the search results in the table, depending on the search criteria that you specified.

For example, perform the following steps to search for an MX480 router that is running Junos OS Release 14.1:

  1. Enter MX480 as the search term in the text box.
  2. From the list that appears, select to search the Platform column.

    Edge Services Director lists all the MX480 routers in your network.

  3. Enter 14.1 as the search term after the comma separator in the text box.
  4. From the list, select to search from the OS Version column.

    Edge Services Director lists all the MX480 routers in your network that are running Junos OS Release 14.1.

Filtering Table Contents

For large tables, it is helpful to be able to sort data to show only relevant entries. When you mouse over the Filters option in the column drop-down menu, a fill-in box appears where you can type filter criteria. If you type a text string and click Go, entries that do not contain the text string (filter criterion) are removed from the table. A red asterisk appears on the column head to indicate that the column has been filtered. To restore all entries to the table, clear the Filters option.

For example, to filter the Device Inventory page so that only devices in the 192.168.1.0 subnet are displayed:

  1. Mouse over the right side of the IP Address column head to expose the down arrow.
  2. Click the arrow to display the column drop-down menu.
  3. Mouse over Filters to display the Filter field.
  4. Type 192.168.1. in the field and click Go.

Only the devices in the 192.168.1.0 subnet are shown.

In addition to these functions, Connectivity Services Director displays the date and time in the local time zone on the bottom right corner.