Understanding the Topology View Tasks pane
The Tasks pane in Topology View contains all the tasks you can do in the Topology View. Click a specific task to begin that task.
Not all tasks are available by default in the Topology View. As you change your selections in the Topology map pane, the tasks in the Tasks pane also change—for example, tasks such as View Virtual Chassis Fabric connectivity are visible only after you select a device that is part of a Virtual Chassis fabric (VCF). Similarly, Alarm tasks are available only after you select a site, building, floor, closet, or device.
Topology View tasks are divided into the following categories in the Tasks pane.
Key Tasks—The most preferred tasks that you want to do while you are using the Topology View. You can add important tasks from the topology task menu and hence the Key Tasks are a duplicate of select tasks from the Topology and Location tasks menu.
Discovery—The tasks you do to create the topology of your network.
Location—The tasks you do to create a location such as a site, building, floor, closet, aisle, rack, and outdoor area.
Alarm—The tasks that enable you to monitor the fault alarm details of the devices.
Table 1 describes the Topology View tasks.
Table 1: Topology View Tasks
A duplicate of the most important tasks from other tasks menu. You can add your frequently used tasks to the key tasks menu.
Displays the device-level connectivity
View Virtual Network Connectivity
Displays the connectivity of the selected device with the virtual network.
Note: This task is available only after you select a device that is connected to a virtual network.
View Virtual Machines
Displays virtual machines in the grid format that are connected through the switch.
View Device Connectivity
Displays the connection details of a device with its neighbors in graphical and grid views. If the selected device is connected to more than 60 devices, then the connection details are displayed only in grid view.
View QFabric Connectivity
Displays the control plane and data plane connectivity details between the interconnects and nodes.
Note: This task is applicable for QFabric devices and its members only.
View VC/VCF Connectivity
Displays the Virtual Chassis (VC) or Virtual Chassis Fabric (VCF) connectivity from the selected device.
Note: This task is available only after you select a device that is part of the VC or the VCF.
View Layer 3 Fabric Connectivity
Displays the devices and their physical connectivity in the spine and leaf topology.
Displays the device discovery tasks
Refreshes the devices discovered and managed by Network Director earlier from Build mode. This task also refreshes the device connectivity.
View Topology Discovery Job
Displays the discovery jobs in the Topology View pane.
Displays the location related tasks
Creates a new location. This task has sub tasks to add sites, buildings, floors, outdoor area, and closets.
Note: You cannot create aisles and racks from Topology View. You must create aisles and racks from the Location View work flow.
Creates a new site in Location View.
Note: Use this task only to create the site object. Buildings, floors, closets, and outdoor areas in the site must be created separately.
Creates a new building in the selected site.
Note: Use this task only to create the building. Floors and closets in the building must be created separately.
Add Outdoor Area
Creates a new outdoor area in the selected site.
Upload Floor Plans
Enables you to upload a floor plan for a floor in a building, if you already have a floor plan.
Enables you to upload a map to an outdoor area.
Delete Site/Edit Site
Deletes or modifies the selected site.
Displays the alarm related tasks
Show Alarms by Severity
Displays the fault alarm details sorted based on the severity; that is from critical, major, minor, and info.
Show Alarms by Category
Displays the fault alarm details sorted based on the category; that is from active, acknowledged, and cleared.
Show Alarms by State
Displays the fault alarm details sorted based on the state; that is from active, acknowledged, and cleared.
Show Current Active Alarms
Displays any active alarm that has not yet been cleared.
Displays the various device management tasks
SSH To Device
Launches the SSH connection to the device. You can launch the SSH connection for a device from a location such as a building, floor, rack, or closet. This task is available when you click the device in a particular location. For more details, see Accessing a Device’s CLI from Network Director.
Launch Web View
Launches the Web user interface connection to the device. You can launch the Web user interface connection for a device from a location such as a building, floor, rack, or closet. This task is available when you click the device in a particular location. For more details, see Accessing a Device’s Web-Based Interface from Network Director.
Note: This task is applicable to only to those devices that support Web user interface access.
Manage Port Admin State
Enables or disables one or more ports of the selected device. For more details, see Enabling or Disabling Network Ports on Switches.