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Inventory Menu: Hardware Inventory

 

When a network is loaded, the Hardware Inventory window can be opened by selecting Inventory > Hardware Inventory. This window contains reports and information about the hardware at each individual node in the network. When viewing hardware information at a specific node, the Hardware Inventory window is split into two panes. The left pane displays a tree listing all existing hardware (routers) and summary reports. The right pane displays the content of the item selected in the left pane.

Hardware Inventory Summary

When the Hardware Inventory window is opened, the right pane will show a summary of all the equipment in the network. This provides a quick tally of the number and types of devices and interfaces in the entire network.

Figure 1: Hardware Inventory Summary
Hardware Inventory Summary

Devices List

Selecting Devices in the left pane displays a Device List report in the right pane. The saved report’s filename starts with “ROUTER_LIST.” Clicking on the small icon to the left of Devices in the left pane will expand the tree to show a list of routers in the left pane. These devices can then be individually selected to display a detailed Equipment View in the right pane for the selected router. See Equipment View for more information

Figure 2: Device List
Device List

Various actions can be executed by right clicking on a row and selecting an item from the popup menu. The items in this popup menu are available for many reports in the Hardware Inventory window, though not all reports will contain all items.

  • Node Detail: Brings up a Node window with detailed information about the node in the selected row.

  • Highlight: Highlights the relevant node in the Map window.

  • Show Config: Opens the router configuration file for the relevant node if such a file is available.

  • Show Equipment: This will open the Equipment View window for the relevant node.

The Table Options window can be opened by right clicking on a row in a report and selecting Table Options. This is useful for customizing the type of information displayed in the report.

Figure 3: Hardware Inventory Table Options
Hardware Inventory Table Options

Selecting Use image icons or checkbox if applicable displays image icons in vendor and status cells that make the reports more visually pleasing and easier to comprehend at a glance. The Autofit to window option will, when selected, automatically resize the column widths to fit the width of the report window. In the bottom half of the Table Options window, specific columns can be either included are excluded from the report.

Columns

Description

Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Hostname

Device hostname

Vendor

Device vendor (for example, Cisco, Juniper Networks)

IP Address

Loopback IP address of the Device, typically the first one listed

Source

Filename of collected configuration file

Chassis Type

The type of chassis, for example, WS-C6509-E (similar to SNMP chassisType)

OS Version

Operating System Version, for example, 12.2(53)SE

Contact*

SNMP sysContact

Description

Device description

Location*

SNMP sysLocation

System Name*

SNMP sysName

Boot Image

The boot image, e.g, a string starting with flash:, bootflash:, disk0:

Configuration Memory

Non-volatile configuration memory (bytes)

Configuration Memory in Use*

Non-volatile configuration memory in use (bytes) SNMP nvRAMUsed

Configuration Register*

SNMP configRegister, for the configuration register value

Hardware Id

Equivalent of SNMP chassisId, which defaults to the chassis serial number

Hardware Version

Equivalent of SNMP chassisVersion, which defaults to the chassis hardware revision level

Last Update by CLI

The last time this file was updated by CLI collection

Memory

Equivalent of SNMP processorRam, based on RAM available to CPU (bytes)

Mgmt IP Addr

The Management IP Address is the IP addressed used by NorthStar Planner to discover the device.

Model

The Hardware model can provide additional detail not known from the vendor, for example, by distinguishing JUNIPER and JUNIPER_EX

OS Family

The operating system family (for example, IOS, Junos OS)

Processor

The device processor, for example, PowerPC405

ROM System Version*

SNMP romSysVersion, which contains the ROM system software version

ROM Version

SNMP romVersion, which contains the ROM monitor version

Note

SNMP fields will not be populated if hardware inventory is collected by CLI.

Line Cards

Selecting Line Cards in the left pane displays a Card List with information on all the cards in the network. The saved report name starts with CARD_LIST. This list is useful for managing aspects of a network related to card capacity, such as keeping track of how many ports of a specific type are available in the network. The Table Options (right-click a table header for this menu option) can be used to add additional columns such as the Version.

Figure 4: Hardware Inventory: Line Cards
Hardware Inventory: Line Cards

Column

Description

Hostname

Device hostname

Name

Line card name, for example, WS-X6704-10GE

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Device

Vendor Hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper Networks)

Card Id

Slot information, for example, S-0/1

Connected

Ports Number of ports that (a) have a corresponding link in the model, (b) are operationally up, or (c) have an IP address defined on the interface

No. of Ports

Number of physical ports

Part

Line Card Part number

S/N

Line Card Serial number

Version

Line Card Version information, for example, rev A0 ver 4

Controller Mem.*

Controller memory (Cisco-specific field)

Cost (Estimated)

Estimated hardware cost

Description

Line Card Description

Device IP Addr.

Loopback IP address of the Device, typically the first one listed

Device Mgmt IP Addr.

The Management IP Address is the IP addressed used by NorthStar Planner to discover the device.

FRU Line Card FRU

Packet Mem.

FRU Route Mem.

Details related to the Field Replacement Unit (Cisco)

L3 Engine

L3 Engine Type

Details related to the L3 Engine (Cisco)

Reserved Ports

Number of Reserved ports, based on customizable keywords found in the description.

Shutdown Ports

Ports that have operational or admin status down

TAN

Top Assembly Number (Cisco ordering number)

Note

NMP fields will not be populated if hardware inventory is collected by CLI.

Physical Interfaces

Selecting Physical Interfaces in the left pane displays an Interface List report listing all interfaces, their status, and additional information in the right pane. The saved report’s filename starts with “INTF_LIST.” The rows in the report can be sorted by clicking on the column header for the property to sort by.

Figure 5: Hardware Inventory: Physical Interfaces
Hardware Inventory: Physical Interfaces

Column

Description

Name

Physical Interface Name, for example, TenGigE0/2/0/2

Hostname

Device hostname

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Device Vendor

Hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper Networks)

Card Id

Slot information, for example, S-0/1

Description

Physical interface description

IP Address

IP address of physical interface, if assigned

Device IP Addr.

Loopback IP address of the Device, typically the first one listed

Device Mgmt IP Addr.

The Management IP Address is the IP addressed used by NorthStar Planner to discover the device.

Admin Status

Interface Administrative status (active, down, or unknown)

Physical Address

The address of the physical interface, based on intfmap NorthStar Planner file.

Aggregated Link

Any associated aggregated link, such as PortChannel or Bundle-Ether

Bandwidth T

he physical interface bandwidth, for example, 100.0M

IPv6

IPv6 address information (based on NorthStar Planner intfmap file)

MTU

MTU information (based on NorthStar Planner intfmap file)

Media Type

The Physical interface media type, for example,

ATM,BRI,BVI,Cable,Channelized
E1,DS,E1,Ethernet,FE,GE,OC3/STM1,T1,T3

Operational Status

Interface Operational Status (active, down, or unknown)

Switchport Mode

Switchport mode for layer 2 interfaces, for example, access or trunk

VLAN

List of VLAN’s for this physical interface, for example, “22 100-102 105-108”

Transceivers

Selecting Transceivers in the left pane displays a Transceivers List with information on all the transceivers or small form-factor modules of devices in the network. This report can be filtered and sorted by clicking on the appropriate column headers. The saved report’s filename starts with TRANSCEIVER_LIST_LIST.

Figure 6: Hardware Inventory: Transceivers
Hardware Inventory: Transceivers

Column

Description

Name

Transceiver name, for example, SFP-10GBase-ER

Hostname

Device hostname

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Device Vendor

Hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper Networks)

Device IP Addr.

Loopback IP address of the Device, typically the first one listed

Index

Slot information, for example, S-0/1

Part

Part number

S/N

Serial number

Cost (Estimated)

Estimated hardware cost

Miscellaneous Parts

Selecting Misc Parts in the left pane displays a Miscellaneous Parts List with information on all the power supplies and fans of devices in the network. This report can be filtered and sorted by clicking on the appropriate column headers. The saved report’s filename starts with MISC_PART_LIST.

Figure 7: Hardware Inventory: Misc Parts
Hardware Inventory: Misc Parts

Column

Description

Name

Name of miscellaneous part, for example, “Power Supply 1”

Hostname

Device hostname

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Device Vendor

Hardware vendor (Cisco, Juniper Networks)

Device IP Addr.

Loopback IP address of the Device, typically the first one listed

Description

Description of miscellaneous part

Part

Part number

S/N

Serial number

Cost (Estimated)

Estimated hardware cost

Extensive Parts List

Selecting Extensive Parts List in the left pane displays a report listing all parts along with the part number, serial number, description, and the device it belongs to in the right pane. The rows in the report can be sorted by clicking on the column header for the property to sort by.

Figure 8: Hardware Inventory: Extensive Parts List
Hardware Inventory: Extensive Parts List

Hardware Integrity

The Hardware Integrity report window provides a summary check of possible errors in the hardware configuration as represented by the Hardware Model. This report can be sorted by clicking on the appropriate column headers. This report is useful when, for example, checking to make sure that all links have connected interfaces. The saved report’s filename starts with “HW_IC_REPORT.”

Figure 9: Hardware Inventory: Hardware Integrity
Hardware Inventory: Hardware Integrity

Column

Description

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Severity

Severity level of integrity check: Info,Severity,Warning

Description

Description of the integrity check finding

Device Usage

The Device Usage report provides an estimate of the degree to which all the cards and ports in the nodes of the network are being utilized. The report lists total numbers of cards and ports side by side with the number of utilized cards and ports, sorted by node, to give you an idea of where the network stands in terms of hardware capacity and usage at each node. You can also choose to show interface usage through the table options window (by right-clicking on the column headers). The saved report’s filename starts with “HW_DEVICE_USAGE_REPORT.”

Figure 10: Router Inventory Reports: Device Usage
Router Inventory Reports: Device Usage

Column

Description

Hostname

Device hostname

Device Name

Device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Occupied Line Cards

Number of line cards which are used

Available Line Cards

Number of line cards which are empty

Total Line Cards

Total number of line cards

Connected Ports

Number of ports that (a) have a corresponding link in the model, (b) are operationally up, or (c) have an IP address defined on the interface

No. of Ports

Total Number of physical ports

Reserved Ports

Number of Reserved ports, based on customizable keywords found in the description.

Shutdown Ports

Ports that have operational or admin status down

Line Card Usage

The Line Card Usage report lists all the cards in the network sorted by card type and provides usage information for these cards. This is useful when searching for capacity information, such as the number of port vacancies in a particular type of card in the network. The saved report’s filename starts with “HW_LINECARD_USAGE_REPORT.”

Figure 11: Hardware Inventory: Line Card Usage
Hardware Inventory: Line Card Usage

Column

Description

Card Name

Name of line card

Device Name

Corresponding device name converted into NorthStar Planner format

Card Id

Slot information, for example, S-0/1

Connected Ports

Number of ports that (a) have a corresponding link in the model, (b) are operationally up, or (c) have an IP address defined on the interface

No. of Ports

Total Number of physical ports

Reserved Ports

Number of Reserved ports, based on customizable keywords found in the description.

Shutdown Ports

Ports that are operationally or administratively down

Customer Usage

The Customer Usage report displays network usage on a per customer basis. Customer names are parsed from the interface comments in the imported configuration files. The regular expression used to parse the customer names can be customized by selecting a device from the Hardware Inventory window, going to the Logical View panel, selecting Actions > Options, and going to the Misc tab. There, you will see a section called Customer Identifier with a field called Use regular-expression in interface description. Enter your custom regular expression here.

The parser looks for customer names within parenthesis. For example, to match a number sequence in interface comments of the format, cust####..., use the expression, cust([0-9]+).* There is currently no way to define customers other than parsing them from interface comments in the imported configuration files.

Figure 12: Hardware Inventory: Customer Usage
Hardware Inventory: Customer Usage

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