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Managing Planned Maintenance Events

 

You can modify, cancel, or delete scheduled maintenance events from the NorthStar Controller user interface by using the following procedures.

Modifying a Planned Maintenance Event

To modify a planned maintenance event from the NorthStar Controller user interface:

  1. In the Application menu, select Maintenance.

    The Maintenance tab appears in the Network Info window.

  2. In the Maintenance table, select the maintenance event that you want to modify.
  3. At the bottom of the Network Info screen, click Modify.

    The Modify Maintenance Event window is displayed.

  4. In the Modify Maintenance Event window, modify any of the fields as shown in Table 1.

    Table 1: Elements for Maintenance Event Window

    FieldDescription

    Maintenance Event Name

    The name for the maintenance event you are creating. This field must be completed.

    Owner

    Current login owner is specified by default.

    Comment

    Comments about the maintenance event.

    Start Time

    Specify the date and time the maintenance event begins. This field must be completed.

    The default start time is the current server time.

    Note: The time is based on server time zone.

    End Time

    Specify the estimated date and time the maintenance event ends. This field must be completed.

    The default end time is 60 minutes after the current server time.

    Note: The NorthStar Controller shows the estimated time but will not impose an end time for a maintenance event unless the Autocomplete option is selected.

    Duration

    This field is automatically calculated based on the difference between values specified for the Start Time and End Time fields.

    Autocomplete

    When selected, the Operation Status for the event is automatically set to “Completed at End Time”.

    Autocomplete automatically signals the end of the maintenance event at the specified time. Otherwise, the user must manually end the event.

    Elements for Maintenance

    Click in the <Click to Select Elements for Maintenance Events> field to open a filter window from which you can select nodes, links, and SRLGs scheduled for maintenance.

  5. To schedule the modified maintenance event, click OK in the Modify Maintenance Event dialog box.

    The updates you made for the specified maintenance event are reflected in the corresponding row in the Maintenance window.

  6. When the scheduled maintenance event completes, manually change the Operation Status from the Maintenance tab by right-clicking Change Status to Completed on the selected maintenance event. Note

    If its operational status is not changed upon completion of the maintenance event, the maintenance will never end, and those elements under maintenance will be considered “down”.

    Note

    After you have manually changed the maintenance event to “Completed” status as described in this step, any tunnel paths that were rerouted as a consequence of a router going into maintenance mode will be rerouted to back to their optimal path but this optimal path is not necessarily the original path.

Canceling Scheduled Maintenance Events

To cancel a scheduled maintenance event from the NorthStar Controller user interface:

  1. From the Application menu, select Maintenance.

    The Maintenance tab appears in the Network Info window.

  2. In the Maintenance table, select the maintenance event that you want to cancel.

    The selected row for the Maintenance event is highlighted in the Maintenance window.

  3. Right-click the selected maintenance event row, and click Cancel Maintenance Event.

    The Maintenance event appears in the maintenance event row, but the Operation Status field changes from Planned to Canceled.

Deleting Planned or Canceled Maintenance Events

To delete a planned or canceled maintenance event from the NorthStar Controller user interface:

  1. From the Application menu, select Maintenance.

    The Maintenance tab appears in the Network Info window.

  2. In the Maintenance table, select the maintenance event that you want to delete.

    The selected row for the Maintenance event is highlighted in the Maintenance window.

    Note

    You cannot delete a maintenance event that is in progress.

  3. Click Delete.

    The Delete Maintenance Event(s) window is displayed.

  4. Click Yes.

    The selected maintenance event is deleted from the Maintenance window and the NorthStar Controller.

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