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NorthStar Planner Web UI Overview

 

The NorthStar Planner web UI has five main views that are summarized here and discussed in detail in later topics:

  • Network Browser

  • Topology

  • Dashboard

  • Simulation

  • Report Manager

Network Browser View

When you first log into the Planner, the Network Browser view is displayed as shown in Figure 1. There are two tabs: Saved Networks and Archived Networks, which display the networks available for you to open.

Note

Once you have opened a network from either of those tabs, the other main views become available; they are network-specific.

Figure 1: Network Browser View
Network Browser View

When you select a network and click Open, the network opens in Topology view, as shown in Figure 2. Click on the menu icon (horizontal bars) in the upper left corner of the Planner to select one of the other main views for the open network or to return to the Network Browser.

Note

The features of the upper menu bar are documented in Web Planner Top Menu Bar.

Topology View

Figure 2: Topology View
Topology View

There are three main sections to the Topology view, similar to those in the NorthStar Controller UI:

  • The left pane offers a number of display options that are selectable using the drop-down menu.

  • The center area is devoted to the topology map of the network.

  • Across the bottom of the display is the network information table with four available tabs: Nodes, Links, Tunnels, and Interfaces.

Dashboard View

The Dashboard view will present a variety of status and statistics information related to the network, in the form of widgets. As of this release, only the Devices widget is available as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Dashboard View
Dashboard View

The Devices widget shows the relative number of devices of each type included in the network.

Simulation View

The Simulation View, one step of which is shown in Figure 4, presents a tool for designing and executing failure simulations.

Note

NorthStar web UI Planner runs modeling and simulation in Tunnel / Layer 2.

Figure 4: Simulation View
Simulation View

Report Manager View

The Report Manager view, shown in Figure 5, lists all the configuration and simulation reports that can be generated by the Planner. Click any report name on the left to display the report data on the right. A download option is available for saving reports.

Figure 5: Report Manager View
Report Manager View