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Export

 

This function allows you to save the topology window as a graphics file in several formats.

Figure 53: Export Map
Export Map

For non-Visio file types, selecting the Legends option will export the entire topology window and deselecting it will export only the map.

For Visio file types (VDX, CSV), the customizable Title and Comment fields, as well as the Legends and Date and Time can be included in the resulting Visio file.



Export Map to Visio



In the Export dialog, the last three options can be used to export to a file that can be imported into Visio and then edited or printed from Visio.

  • For Visio 2003, it is recommended that you export to a VDX file by selecting Visio 2003 and Later (VDX).

  • For Visio 2002 and earlier, it is recommended that you export to a .CSV file by selecting Visio 2002 and Earlier (CSV). After importing the .CSV file into Visio 2002, you can save the resulting Visio file as a Visio drawing (.VSD) file. Note that opening the .CSV format in Visio requires extra steps to put the NorthStar Planner stencils where Visio can find it.

  • The “Block Diagram for Visio 2003 and later” option is designed to be run after running Layout > Recalculate Grid Layout as described in Layout.



Export Map to MapInfo



MapInfo requires two files, myMap.mif with the xy-coordinates, colors, and other graphical info, and myMap.mid with data per node or link for display in mouse-overs, tables, and reports.

After selecting a filename and this export option, you are prompted with a chooser to select a combination of node and link data to put into the mid file. After selecting the data to put into the mid file, click OK to create the .mif and .mid files for import into MapInfo.



Export Map to SVG



SVG can be exported from the map right-click menu item Export, or from File > Export to Web. Note that the exported SVG file depends upon existing settings in the topology map. These settings include whether the world map should be displayed, the boundaries of the world map, and whether node and link labels should be displayed.

When exporting to SVG, the resulting file can be viewed from a web browser such as Mozilla FirefoxTM. If you are using Internet ExplorerTM, version 9 or later should be used. Alternatively, a plug-in can be downloaded for SVG from http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/main.html.



Scheduling or Scripting an SVG Export



A CLI version of the SVG export, also used by the Web Report task in the Task Manager, can be found in /u/wandl/util/svg.sh. Since this SVG map may be generated when the network is closed, a configuration file is needed to specify SVG-related parameters. The syntax for calling this script is as follows:

/u/wandl/util/svg.sh <spec_file> <output_svg_file>

To customize the settings of this SVG export, edit the /u/wandl/util/svg/svg.cfg file. Variables include:

  • CANVASWIDTH, CANVASHEIGHT: Width and height of the map

  • TITLE: The title of the map

  • SHOWSPEC, SHOWDATE, SHOWLEGEND: Whether to show or hide the specification file path, creation date/time, and node & link legend

  • REMOVEASNODES,REMOVEETHERNETNODES,REMOVEISOLATEDNODES: Whether or not to hide AS pseudonodes, Ethernet pseudonodes, and/or isolated nodes. This can be used to reduce clutter on the map.

  • CURVEDLINKS: Whether or not to show links as curved or overlapping on a straight line

  • COLLAPSEGROUP: Whether or not to collapse groups into a single node

  • NODELABEL: How to label the node (for example, by NAME and/or IP)

  • LINKLABEL: How to label the link (for example, by NAME and/or TYPE).

  • INTFLABEL: How to label the interface (for example, by NAME and/or by UTIL).

  • UTILPERIOD: Which trafficload period to use to label the interface utilization

  • TITLEFONTSIZE, LEGENDFONTSIZE, NODEFONTSIZE, LINKFONTSIZE, INTFFONTSIZE: Font sizes

  • TITLEFONTCOLOR,LEGENDFONTCOLOR,NODEFONTCOLOR,LINKFONTCOLOR,IN TFFONTCOLOR: Font colors

  • COLORLINKBY: Links can be colored by type or utilization

  • UTILCOLOR = <NUMBER> = <COLOR>: To model the map utilization legend, specify in ascending order the utilization percentages and associated color between that number and the next number.

Upon scheduling the Web Report task, the resulting map(s) can then be viewed from http://serverip:8091/ (substitute serverip with your application server’s IP address). Select Reports >Network Reports. Then click on the link to the desired network, and click on “Standard Topology.” Icons are available for zoom in, zoom out, and zoom to fit (reset). Once zooming in, the map can be panned by clicking the map and dragging it in the desired direction. Additionally, link and node details can be seen by hovering the mouse over the link or node.