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Add a Network Archive Task

From the Task Scheduler page, you can launch collection tasks that create a network model in a database, for use in Paragon Planner. You also have the option to archive the network model.

Tunnel design attributes that are configured in the Tunnel tab of the GUI are inherited by Paragon Planner, even though the attributes are never pushed to the router. When you run the Network Archive task, the tunnel information in Paragon Planner (which came from the router) is merged with the tunnel information in the Path Computation Element (PCE), which includes design attributes that are not pushed to the router. The merged version is then available in Paragon Planner.

The following design attributes that are configured in the Provision LSP pages in the GUI are inherited by Paragon Planner through the network archive task:

  • Properties tab: Routing Method

  • Advanced tab: Symmetric Pair Group, Diversity Group, and Diversity Level

  • Constraints tab: Max Delay, Max Hop, and Max Cost

  • Scheduling tab: All scheduling information

To add a network archive task:

  1. Select Administration > Task Scheduler.

    The Task Scheduler page appears.

  2. Click the + (Add) icon.

    The Add Task page (wizard) appears.

  3. Configure the fields in each step of the wizard according to the guidelines provided in Table 1.

    Click Next to go to the next step.

    Note:

    Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.

  4. After you complete each step in the wizard, click Finish.
    A confirmation message appears on top of the page, indicating that the task is added successfully.

    The details of this task are displayed on the Task Scheduler page.

    The network archive files are stored in the PostgreSQL database and can be accessed from there through Paragon Planner. See Network Browser Window and Network Browser Recently Opened and Archived Networks in the Paragon Planner User Guide.

Table 1: Fields on the Add Task Wizard (Network Archive)

Field

Description

Add New Task

Task Name

Specify a unique name for the task. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters and some special characters (greater than (<), less than (<), colon (:), underscore (_), and hyphen (-)).

Task Group

From the list, select Utility Tasks.

Task Type

From the list, select Network Archive.

Network Archive Task

Network Archive Options

  • Archive network data after processing—Click the toggle button to enable (default) or disable archiving the network data after processing:

    • If you enable this toggle button, the network model created by using the network data is available in Paragon Planner under the Archives tab in the Network Browser window.
    • If you disable this toggle button, the result of the network archive task is reflected in the new spec file for the latest network archive in Paragon Planner, but it is overwritten by the next latest network archive.
  • Process Equipment CLI—Equipment CLI data is collected in device collection tasks that include the Equipment CLI option. The Process Equipment CLI option in the Network Archive task parses the Equipment CLI data that is collected during device collection. The inventory reports that are generated are available in both Paragon Pathfinder and Paragon Planner. Click the toggle button to enable (default) or disable this option.

    To view the inventory reports in Paragon Pathfinder, navigate to Monitoring > Reports > Inventory in the Paragon Automation GUI.

    To view hardware inventory in Paragon Planner, you must run device collection with the Equipment CLI collection option (collects the inventory data) and the Network Archive collection with the Process Equipment CLI option (processes the inventory data).

  • Daily Timestamp in Report Title—Click the toggle button to enable or disable (default) the display of the date (in MM:DD:YYYY format) on which the inventory report was generated. If you enable this toggle button, the date is displayed in the Search Reports list in the Inventory Reports page (Monitoring > Reports > Inventory). You can use this option to search for inventory reports generated at a particular date.
  • Keep Reports for N Days—Specify the number of days until which the inventory reports are retained in the database.

    Range: 1 through 60.

    After the specified time elapses, the reports are deleted from the database.

Schedule

Startup Options

Schedule—Select one of the following options to schedule the task:

  • Activate Now: The task starts at the current date and time.
  • Activate Later: The task starts at a later date and time.

    In the field that appears, click the calendar icon to select the date and time at which you want the task to start. Then, click OK.

    Instead of using the Activate Now option, you can also click Now at the bottom of the calendar for the task to start at the current date and time.

Recurrence Options
  • Repeats—Specify the frequency (in Minutes, Hours, Days, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly, or Never) at which the task recurs.

  • Every—Specify the periodicity of the recurrence.

  • Ends—Select one of the following options:

    • Never—To configure the task to recur at the specified interval.
    • On—To select a date and time at which you want the task to end. In the field that appears, click the calendar icon and select the date and time. Then, click OK.
    • Now—To end a task at the current date and time, click Now at the bottom of the calendar.