4 Network Wizard Introduction

4 Network Wizard Introduction
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Network Wizard
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Introduction
This chapter describes how a user can configure the network topology on the application.
This chapter contains the following sections:
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Defining a Network, page 4-2
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Managing Network Devices, page 4-3
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Setting Master Device, page 4-3
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Defining Device Topology, page 4-5
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Defining Service Hierarchy (for SCE networks), page 4-9
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Managing Report Filters, page 4-12
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Assigning Custom Colors, page 4-13
The Network wizard allows creating a network, managing network devices, and defining device
topology by driving you across all mandatory settings.
After the configuration of external databases is complete and all devices (SCEs and ASR1Ks) are
provisioned, the administrator can create a list of networks. Networks are used to group devices sharing
the same configuration in order to produce reports for aggregated traffic
Administrators can add networks and group devices for reporting. Each device to be used in reporting
must be associated to at least one network. The network definition includes the device topology and
service or application hierarchy. A service or application hierarchy of a network is the service or
application definition of its master device on the Traffic Database.
Note
The Cisco Insight Reporter currently works with Networks containing either SCE or ASR1K devices (no
mixed -device networks).
Data can only be aggregated for devices belonging to same network.
Network cannot be made of devices whose information is stored on different traffic (remote) DBs. Thus
traffic can be aggregated only for devices whose data is stored on a specific DB and belonging to the
same Network.
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Defining a Network
Defining a Network
Networks are the source of the data traffic information required for reporting. You must define a network
connection before you run a report.
To access and display the Network tab, click the Network Wizard icon on the module launcher.
In this tab, you can:
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Configure a New Network, page 4-2
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Delete an Existing Network, page 4-3
Configure a New Network
To configure a new network, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Choose the New option.
After you select the New option in the Network tab, you see:
Figure 4-1
Defining a Network
Enter the Name and Description of the network to be configured.
Step 2
Click the Cancel button to return to the previous page, or click the Save button to confirm.
The network list gets updated on the screen.
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Delete an Existing Network
Delete an Existing Network
To delete a network, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Select the network from the list of networks.
Step 2
Choose Delete option. A dialog box appears asking you to confirm the deletion.
Step 3
Click the Cancel button to return to the previous page, or click the Save button to confirm.
The network list gets updated on the screen.
Note
Network deletion can lead to the following consequences:
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It deletes scheduled reports on the same network
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It vanishes all reports related to that network and configured on the Dashboard
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It deletes all entries of My Favorites reports of the specific network
Managing Network Devices
The Devices tab displays all configured databases (both SCE and ASR1K) and devices, enabling you to
report on data traffic information of the selected devices.
To access and display the Devices tab, click the Network Wizard icon on the module launcher.
Setting Master Device
After you select the device, you should select a master SCE/ASR1K, to be used as reference for the
service configuration. All devices of a particular network should share same configuration i.e. services
or applications, out of which, user can select one of the device as a master device. Network uses this
device as a reference device and creates service tree, packages and zones in case of SCE networks and
application tree for ASR1K based networks.
To set a master device, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Select the device to be set as master.
Step 2
Click Set as Master.
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Synchronizing ASR1K Interfaces
When you set as master device, you see:
Figure 4-2
Note
Setting Master Device
You cannot delete the master device, unless a new master is defined.
Synchronizing ASR1K Interfaces
The synchronization process looks for the interfaces defined on the Traffic Database and identify if they
are monitored by checking the usage records (RPT_USAGE_NF). Those interfaces that have any usage
recorded for last few days (identified by the days defined in the Traffic Database configuration) are
marked as monitored and as un-monitored if there are no usage records. The synchronization happens
for the first time, when a new network is saved for the first time. Once a network is created, you can run
on-demand synchronization of the interfaces by choosing to "Synchronize Interfaces". To synchronize
ASR1K devices, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Select an existing Network on the network Wizard.
Step 2
Go to Device Tab.
Step 3
Click Synchronize Interfaces option. A confirm dialog box appears asking you to confirm the
synchronization.
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Defining Device Topology
Figure 4-3
Step 4
Synchronize ASR1K Device
Click the No button to return to the previous page, or click the Yes button to synchronize.
Defining Device Topology
The Topology tab enables you to create a topology tree where you can view your selected network per
device or per custom view. The topology tree (devices or custom) allows you to expand or hide trees to
achieve the right view on the chart.
To access and display the Topology tab, click on the Network Wizard icon on the module launcher.
In this tab, you can select either of the two views:
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Device View, page 4-5
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Custom Topology View, page 4-6
Device View
The Device View option displays a pre-defined structure of the networks. You cannot edit or change this
view because it is automatically configured by Cisco Insight Reporter v3.
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Custom Topology View
When you select Device Type View, you see:
Figure 4-4
Device View
Custom Topology View
The Custom Topology View is used to group network devices according to the customer needs. This view
is represented by a hierarchical tree structure. You can define new levels of aggregations and arrange
devices (SCEs or ASR1Ks) in logical groups (that is, POPs, cities, regions, etc.). In such tree structures,
the root element is the network name, the SCEs or ASR1Ks are the leaves of the hierarchical tree, and
intermediate nodes may represent the geographical aggregations. All nodes can be collapsed or
expanded down to the device level.
As soon as a network is defined, the custom view of the topology is just a flat tree containing all the
devices as children elements of a unique node (the network name).
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Custom Topology View
When you select the Custom Topology View, you see:
Figure 4-5
Custom Topology View
To define a custom topology, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Select the Network (for example, Mobile) to create the groups by region.
Step 2
Select Create Group. A new window appears.
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Custom Topology View
Figure 4-6
Create Group
Step 3
Enter the Name and Description of the group (for example, East Coast, West Coast, etc.).
Step 4
Click the Cancel button to return to previous page, or click the Save button to confirm.
Note
Follow the same procedure, if you want to add more groups at the same level.
Step 5
Select the region (for example, East Coast) to create a subgroups by cities.
Step 6
Select Create Group. A new window appears.
Step 7
Enter the Name and Description of the group (for example, New York, Boston, etc.).
Step 8
Click the Cancel button to return to previous page, or click the Save button to confirm.
Note
Follow the same procedure, if you want to add more subgroups at the same level.
Step 9
Select the check boxes for the SCEs that you want to move under the subgroups.
Step 10
Select Move Items. A new window appears.
Step 11
Select the subgroup New York.
Step 12
Click the Cancel button to discard changes, or click the Move button to confirm. All the SCEs get listed
under the subgroup New York.
Note
Follow the same procedure, if you want to add the devices under the groups as well.
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Defining Service Hierarchy (for SCE networks)
Step 13
Select the group that you want to dissolve.
Step 14
Select Dissolve Group. The group will appear as a flat tree.
Note
There is no limit to the number of elements contained within a specific level, because there is no
limit to the number of intermediate levels.
Defining Service Hierarchy (for SCE networks)
Using the service tree, you can view your selected services per service families or per custom services.
The service tree (service families or custom) allows you to expand or contract trees to achieve a right
view on the chart.
When working on a specific service configuration, the list of services can be represented using two
different views:
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Service Family, page 4-9
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Custom Service Tree, page 4-10
Service Family
The service family view represents a hierarchical description of network services.
When you select the service family view, you see:
Figure 4-7
Service Family
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Custom Service Tree
Custom Service Tree
Custom Service Tree is used to define a new visualization option for grouping services without changing
the SCE configuration.
By defining a custom service tree, you can create new service families based on other aggregation
criteria than those defined in the SCE service configuration.
When a new custom tree is defined, by default, all services are placed under a default family. Then, each
user can start creating customized service families, and services can be arranged following different
aggregation logics.
To customize a service tree, perform the following steps:
Step 1
Select the services you want in the group.
Step 2
Select the Create Group option. A new window appears.
Step 3
Enter the Name and Description of the group.
Step 4
Click the Cancel button to discard changes, or click the Save button to confirm.
Note
Follow the same procedure, if you want to add more groups at the same level.
Step 5
Select a group that you want to dissolve.
Step 6
Select the Dissolve Group option. The group will appear as a flat tree.
Step 7
Select the services that you want to move under the subgroups.
Step 8
Select Move Items. A new window appears.
Step 9
Select the subgroup.
Step 10
Click the Cancel button to return to previous page, or click the Move button to confirm. All the services
will get listed under the group.
Note
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Users will be able to see the Services Tab only when a SCE Network is selected.
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In case of changes to the SCE configuration, the application updates the service tree as well as the
custom service tree. But in the custom service tree, if any new service has been configured, that
service will be added directly to the root node. The application expects from the user, he/she should
put new service under the correct custom group otherwise the new service become itself a self
containing group.
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Application Tree (for ASR1K networks)
When you select the Custom Service View, you see:
Figure 4-8
Custom Service View
Application Tree (for ASR1K networks)
The Application view represents the default tree for applications configured on the ASR1K network. The
tree contains the applications grouped under categories, subcategories, and application groups.
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Managing Report Filters
When you select the Applications Tab, you see:
Figure 4-9
Note
Application View
Users will be able to see the Applications Tab only if ASR1K Network is selected.
Managing Report Filters
The Report Filter tab provides the ability to filter out all the report topics and report families.
Administrators can use this tab to manually set the mapping between the available report templates based
on the SCE/ASR1K or CM configuration for the selected network.
The available report templates for SCE are:
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Global Traffic information (RPT_LUR table)
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Package-based Traffic information (RPT_PUR table)
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Zone-based information (RPT_ZUR table)
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Top Hourly Subscriber aggregated data (RPT_TOPS_PERIOD0 table)
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Top Daily Subscriber aggregated data (RPT_TOPS_PERIOD1 table)
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Transactional information (RPT_TR table)
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Virtual Link information (RPT_VLUR table)
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Real-time Subscriber information (RPT_SUR table)
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Malicious Traffic information (RPT_MALUR table)
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IPv6 Traffic information (RPT_GUR table)
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VoIP Traffic information (RPT_MEDIA table)
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Assigning Custom Colors
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Subscriber Real-time flows information (RPT_FUR table)
The available report templates for ASR1K are:
Note
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Statistical Transaction Traffic (RPT_TRANSACTION_NF)
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Global Traffic (RPT_USAGE_NF)
If SCEs are configured in Asymmetric Routing Traffic operational mode, it is possible to disable some
reports by un-checking the appropriate filters (for example, transactional traffic information).
Assigning Custom Colors
The Cisco Insight Reporter v3 application provides a default color palette, but you can customize the
color of the chart series in the following way:
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The associated color to specific element of SCE or ASR1K configuration can be changed
permanently in Colors tab of Network Wizard.
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The associated color can be changed using the interactive GUI. The change does not impact the
global settings, but reflects only on the specific report tab and its export formats.
For SCE based networks you can change the color of the services, packages, and topology elements,
where as for ASR1K networks, you can change color for topology and applications by clicking the
colored boxes for each node.
To change the color of a node, click on the color box of the node, after clicking a color palette will
appear. User can select new color from the color palette.
Figure 4-10
Assigning Custom Colors
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