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 1 shows the topology window.
Table 1: Topology Map Pane Areas
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.
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 Popup Menus