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Application-aware management solution
Data Sheet
Implement application-based VLANs to deliver ERP, SAP, data
warehousing, financial data or VoIP to authorized users
Virtual workgroups based on business demands
— Create workgroups based on changing strategic goals
— VLAN broadcast control limits broadcasts only to those ports in the
specific workgroup, reducing network traffic and conserving bandwidth
Decision-enabled connectivity for smarter management
Assign access privileges and priorities based on individual user needs or
the application that’s most important to the business
— Preserve network security while ensuring optimum availability
Ease of network administration
Control of port-based VLANs, protocol VLANs, priority, and
modification of ingress and egress filtering using easy graphical interface
— Map entire switch fabric through comprehensive topology views
— Discover and store all switch fabric information in the directory server
using seed discovery feature
802.1Q standards-based management
Advanced Network
Configuration Tools
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager’s
easy-to-use graphical interface
allows you to configure and manage
your entire network infrastructure—
from a single workstation.
Manage multivendor 802.1Q devices from a single workstation
Management to Align the Network with the Business
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager is a sophisticated configuration tool for all Enterasys Networks™ switches
and other 802.1Q switching devices. This highly graphical, standards-based application lets you quickly create
VLANs and assign business classification policies over the entire switched infrastructure for security, QoS and
bandwidth provisioning—all from a single workstation! By applying rules and access privileges to the
applications most important to the business, customers can ensure that only authorized users receive critical,
confidential information on time, every time.
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager is the first standards-based VLAN management product to fully support
the 802.1Q bridge MIBs. An integral part of Enterasys’ enterprise management and security solutions,
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager allows customers to configure and manage their 802.1Q switches, ports,
and VLANs on the network via an easy-to-use graphical interface. All 802.1Q administrative tasks can be
accomplished without ever leaving the workstation. The NetSight Switch/Topology Manager reduces the
configuration burden of IT staffs by enabling configuration to be completed within hours instead of days. It
eliminates the need to configure each device via local management and makes frequent trips to the wiring
closet to regroup users a thing of the past. The NetSight Switch/Topology Manager also includes Rate Limiting
and QoS features critical to the success of today’s e-business infrastructures.
Highly Graphical User Interface
The NetSight Switch/Topology Manager’s main view is the window from which all 802.1Q VLAN
administration is initiated. The NetSight Switch/Topology Manager’s main window is divided into a left panel
Tree View and a right panel Details View. The Tree View displays a hierarchical representation of the domains
Features for Total Management
and Control
• User- and Application-Based
in the network and their devices and VLANs. The Details View and tabbed pages display detailed information
about the item selected in the Tree View. Menus at the top of the view, as well as pop-up menus available
from most ancillary views, provide access to specific administrative tasks. Status fields at the bottom of the
view provide error and status information.
• QoS and Rate Limiting
Flexible Management at the VLAN, Switch and Port Level
• 802.1Q Standard
Multivendor Support
VLAN management allows a network administrator to quickly create, configure, and delete 802.1Q VLANs
• Complete VLAN
drag-and-drop feature or the Assign PVID menu option. End systems connected to a port become members
• Easy-to-Use Graphical User
to view and, in some cases, change the operating characteristics of any 802.1Q VLAN in a domain.
in a domain. Once a VLAN has been created, it can easily be assigned to a switch or switch port using the
of the VLAN to which the port has been assigned. The VLAN Properties window allows the administrator
Switch management allows a network administrator to create, configure, and delete all 802.1Q switches
• Dynamic Egress
• Weighted Fair Queuing
• Shared Learning Constraints
in a domain. The Switch Properties window provides the administrator detailed information about the switch
and the ability to change some operational characteristics.
Port management is available from the Port Properties window and the main window tabbed pages. The
Port Properties window allows a network administrator to view and, in some cases, change the operational
characteristics of a port. The General tab of the Port Properties window provides general information about
the port. The 802.1Q tabbed page displays and lets you configure port properties specific to the 802.1Q
operation: Administrative Type (Hybrid, QTrunk, DTrunk), Ingress Filtering (Enable, Disable), Acceptable
Frame Types (Accepted Tagged, Accept All Frames), Enable/Disable on GVRP and GMRP, and set Default
Priority (0-7).
Global Configuration Wizards for Application-Aware Management
You can use the Priority Classification Global Configuration Wizard to create a priority classification rule and add
it to all the ports or multiple ports in a domain. This lets you prioritize certain types of traffic. A business
that runs SAP traffic and considers this the most important application on its network is a good example. The
administrator would give IPX SAP traffic a priority 7, which is the highest priority on the network, ensuring
that it would get through over lower priority applications.
In addition, the Egress List Global Configuration Wizard lets you add or remove a VLAN from the Egress Lists
on all the ports or multiple ports in a domain. Servers are a good example for the use of the Egress List.
VLANs can be configured in the Egress List so that all users can communicate with the servers, but the users
will not be able to communicate with each other.
QoS and Rate Limiting for Mission-Critical Environments
Rate limiting lets an administrator set limits on any ingress or egress ports in their switch fabric. This can
control a particular server or the bandwidth going to servers or groups of users. QoS provides application
control or user control in a switch fabric. With QoS defined over multiple Layers (Layer 2, 3 and 4) you can
ensure that applications are received on time and fully intact from the core to the edges of your switch fabric.
User-Defined Security
network on a per-user basis. You can give read or read/write access to any user you set up in the directory.
Use NetSight Switch/Topology
Manager with these Enterasys
Networks Solutions:
For example, Joe Smith can be set to have read access to the Switch Manager application, while Jane Doe has
• Matrix E7
With the NetSight Directory Server you can set up security rules governing how applications are used on the
read/write access.
Simplified Discovery
Using Discovery Protocol, all Enterasys switches that are connected together in a switch fabric can be
discovered using one IP address of a switch. Also an IP range discovery can be used to discover third-party
vendor switches in the switch fabric.
At-a-Glance Topology View
The Topology Map application graphically represents the devices and connections in the switch fabric. This
allows the administrator to see how switches are connected into the fabric, and monitor the status of the
devices and connections. Searches can also be performed by IP address or name.
802.1Q Support for Extended Control
Multivendor support is provided through the IEFT 802.1Q bridge MIB, and 802.1Q 2674 for VLAN and
priority control. The NetSight Switch/Topology Manager supports other vendors’ switches and provides
egress list, ingress list, GARP protocol, VLAN and priority support features.
Broadcast Control Saves Bandwidth
VLAN broadcast control restricts broadcast traffic. Broadcasts will not be flooded to ports that do not belong
to the VLAN. Only the ports on the broadcasted VLAN will receive the broadcast, greatly conserving
available bandwidth on the network.
Exclusive Global Settings Save Time
The Global Configuration Wizards distinguish the NetSight Switch/Topology Manager from other vendors’
management solutions. The easy-to-use wizards let you set up multiple switches from one view, without
configuring each switch individually. To configure a global setting, simply select an item from the menu, enter
any required parameters and select applicable switches and/or ports.
End-User Support
End-user support is provided on switches that supply the protocol, user address and MAC address to the
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager. This information is stored in the directory server so the administrator
can locate a user by switch and port using the Find and Global Find features. NetSight Switch/Topology
Manager also provides the ability to manually add or remove end systems and aliases on a port. This is useful
for silent printers or other network resources that do not broadcast on the network.
Discard VLAN
Discard VLAN provides the ability to set protocols or applications that the user does not want to see on their
network to a Discard VLAN. For example, if there is no AppleTalk protocol on a network, an administrator
can create a discard VLAN that puts all the AppleTalk traffic into the Discard VLAN, and no AppleTalk traffic
will be sent/received on this port.
• Matrix E6
• Matrix E5
• SmartSwitch 9000
• Vertical Horizon
Standalone and
Stackable Switch
System Requirements
The following is the minimum hardware configuration
for NetSight Switch/Topology Manager in a Windows
NetSight Switch/Topology Manager
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5)
A dedicated Intel ® Pentium™ processor
400 MHz clock speed minimum; 550 MHz
128 MB RAM minimum; 256 MB recommended
200 MB virtual memory minimum; 400 MB
A Network Interface Card capable of running
NDIS or ODI network drivers in conjunction with
a TCP/IP stack
An SVGA color monitor and an SVGA graphics
card set to at least 16 colors, and capable of
supporting an 800x600 display
300 MB hard drive space (approximately 280 MB
for the software files and 80 MB for the
documentation set)
A CD-ROM drive (for hard-copy installation
A mouse
The following is the minimum hardware configuration
for NetSight Switch/Topology Manager in a Solaris
Solaris 2.6 or 2.7 (The recommended patches for
Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 are listed in Table 1 and Table
2of the installation guide)
Ultra 5 minimum; Ultra 60 recommended
128 RAM; 512 RAM recommended
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