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Topology Window Overview

 

The topology (map) window is the main work area for any network model you load into the system. Multiple links displayed between nodes uses “line bending" to avoid hidden trunks in the topology. The topology incorporates node aggregation collapsible views. You can also view node locations via their geographic coordinates on the world map, NPA/NXX, or automatic layouts.

The topology window displays important link and node properties. Links are color-coded according to utilization. Alternatively, you can view links by other properties such as media, trunk type, vendor or domain/area. Nodes are color-coded by symbols, icons, or vendor types.

Path analysis can be performed in the topology window. The path function displays detailed path information between any two nodes found in the network based on factors such as routing method used, reserved and actual bandwidth allocation, link distance, or oversubscription.

The topology window is divided into three areas: Left Pane Legend for changing the setting of the topology view; Center Pane Map displaying the network; and Right Pane Toolbar. Right clicking on the map opens a pop-up menu for more functions. Move the map by holding the left mouse button and dragging. Zoom in and out by using the mouse scroll wheel. Figure 31 shows the topology window.

Figure 31: The Topology View Window
The Topology View Window

Table 19: Topology Map Pane Areas

Area

Description

Reference

Center Pane Map

The Topology Map Area is the middle portion of the Topology Map. In this area, you can select and move nodes around on the map.

See Center Pane Map

Left Pane Legend

The left pane of the topology window contains drop-down boxes for the following functions: Filters, Network Elements, Utilization Legends, and Subviews.

See Left Pane Legend

Right Pane Toolbar

The toolbar at the right of the topology window provides shortcuts to functions in the Popup Menu.

See Right Pane Toolbar

Pop-Up Menu

The popup menu is accessed by right-clicking within the Topology Map Area. Right-clicking over a node, link, or group results in a popup menu for that element.

See Map Views