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Understanding the Build Mode Tasks Pane for Datacenter View

 

Network Director enables you to perform the following tasks for devices in your data center network:

  • Datacenter Management—Create and manage data centers by using the tasks listed in this section. Table 1 describes the Datacenter Management tasks.

  • Connectivity—Manage NIC associations and view the connectivity of a data center. Table 3 describes the Connectivity tasks.

  • Inventory—View and manage the inventory of virtual machines (VMs), overlay networks, hosts, VTEPs, and virtual switches that are part of your data center network. Table 2 describes the Inventory tasks.

  • Discovery—Refresh the topology discovery and view the status of device discovery job by using the tasks described in this section. Table 4 describes the Discovery tasks.

  • Key Tasks—Group the tasks that you perform frequently and create a list of key tasks. You can add any task from the Tasks pane to the Key Tasks list by selecting a task and clicking the plus (+) sign that appears adjacent to the task. This feature is available in Task pane irrespective of your current mode, scope, or view.

For more information about Build mode features, see Understanding Build Mode in Network Director.

Tables Table 1 through Table 4 describe the tasks that you can perform in the virtual network category, including the scope in the View pane that you must select to access the task.

Table 1: Datacenter Management Tasks

Task

Description

Scope

Setup Datacenter

Enables you to create a data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Datacenter Management

Manage Network Infrastructure

Enables you to select, add, and remove network devices to a data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Datacenter Management

Manage Cloud Infrastructure

Enables you to add a cloud infrastructure to a data center. You can also modify, delete, or resynchronize the cloud infrastructure.

For a VMware vCenter-based cloud infrastructure, you can set the orchestration mode for the data center network.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Datacenter Management

View Cloud Discovery Status

Displays the status of cloud infrastructure discovery jobs.

View: Datacenter

Object: Virtual Networks > Virtual Network Management

Rename Datacenter

Enables you to rename the selected data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Datacenter Management

Delete Datacenter

Enables you to delete the selected data center. This task deletes the virtual networks that are discovered as part of the data center creation and removes the association of devices that are part of the data center. The devices itself are not deleted from Network Director.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Datacenter Management

IP Connectivity

Enables you to configure the L3 routing protocol for a data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Datacenter Management

View Datacenters

Enables you to view details about the data centers that are created in Network Director.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Datacenter Management

Table 2: Inventory Tasks

Task

Description

Scope

View Virtual Machines

Displays details of all the VMs that are part of the selected data center.

Select a VM and click Show Connectivity to view the network connectivity of the virtual machine to the physical network.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Inventory

View Overlay Networks

Displays details of all the VXLANs that are part of the selected data center.

Note: This task is available only for Openstack+NSX-based cloud infrastructure.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Inventory

View Virtual Switches

Displays details of all the virtual switches that are part of the selected virtual network.

Note: This task is available only for vCenter-based cloud infrastructure.

View: Datacenter > vCenter hostname

Object: Virtual Networks > Inventory

View Hypervisor Servers

Displays details of all the hyperhosts that are part of the selected data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Inventory

View Baremetal Servers

Displays details of the bare metal servers that are part of a data center. Network Director automatically discovers bare metal servers that are part of your data center network.

View: Datacenter

Object: Baremetal Servers > Inventory

View Inventory

Displays information about all the devices in the selected object and all its child objects.

View: Datacenter

Object: Network Devices > Inventory

View VTEP

Displays the virtual tunnel end points for the selected data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Inventory

Table 3: Connectivity Tasks

Task

Description

Scope

Manage NIC Associations

Enables you to view and manage the connectivity between a virtual host and the physical network objects (network adapter on a physical switch).

Manual associations that you create using this task is only used for performing orchestration.

Note: This task is available only for vCenter-based cloud infrastructure.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Connectivity

View Connectivity

Displays the graphical connectivity of various devices within the selected data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name Connectivity

Manage IP Connectivity

Displays the autonomous systems configured on the different devices in a data center.

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name Connectivity

Table 4: Discovery Tasks

Task

Description

Scope

Refresh Topology

Refreshes the topology discovery. This task also refreshes the device connectivity.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Discovery

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Discovery

View Topology Discovery Job

Displays detailed status of the discovery jobs.

View: Datacenter

Object: My Datacenters > Discovery

View: Datacenter

Object: Data center name > Discovery