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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 are visible only after you select a device that is part of a Virtual Chassis Fabric. 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

Task

Description

Key Tasks

A duplicate of the most important tasks from other tasks menu. You can add your frequently used tasks to the key tasks menu.

Connectivity

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 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.

Discovery

Displays the device discovery tasks

Refresh Topology

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.

Location

Displays the location related tasks

Setup Locations

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.

Add Site

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.

Add Building

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.

Upload map

Enables you to upload a map to an outdoor area.

Delete Site/Edit Site

Deletes or modifies the selected site.

Alarm

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.

Device Management

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.