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Updated:Oct 01, 2007
Cisco® netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 is a cost-effective and user-friendly solution providing a comprehensive set of advanced monitoring tools to simplify network administration. This Web-based solution works optimally in business environments with approximately 50 to 100 network devices such as switches, routers, firewalls, and access servers and 50 to 100 wireless access points such as the Cisco Aironet® and the Cisco controller-based wireless LAN access points. Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure provides a comprehensive monitoring solution with powerful tools to monitor Cisco networks, third-party networks, and third-party IT assets such as servers, workstations, applications, services, and printers.
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 is part of the Cisco netManager family of products, built to manage small and medium-sized data networks of up to 100 devices and 100 wireless access points. It provides easy-to-use monitoring and diagnostics for small and medium-sized networks of Cisco network devices, non Cisco network devices, and office devices like servers and printers.
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 monitors all components of small and medium-sized IP networks built by Cisco as well as third-party network devices to provide current operational status of all the elements in the network. It features built-in rules and thresholds as well as automatic device identification and data collection to help enable easy setup and immediate monitoring of the managed network. It continuously monitors the different elements of the system including routers, switches, PIX
® firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDSs), Adaptive Security Algorithm (ASA), and wireless access points. Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure also monitors any third-party devices that may exist in the network such as servers, workstations, printers, and other networking devices and provides basic availability monitoring for each of these devices. It also features an extensible monitoring framework in which coverage may be extended by adding different active monitors based on supported protocols like HTTP, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and so on that help enable custom monitoring for both Cisco and third-party devices.
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure does not require deployment of any agent software on the devices being monitored and thus is completely non disruptive to system operations. It relies on open supported interfaces such as HTTP, SNMP, and WMI to collect status information from monitored devices.
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 is recommended for monitoring small and medium-sized networks with Cisco network devices, non Cisco network devices, and office desktop devices. A single Windows-based server/workstation running Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 software can monitor the entire network with up to 100 network and office desktop devices and 100 wireless access points distributed across 10 remote sites.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0. Figure 1 shows the Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure homepage and real-time event viewer.
Table 1. Features and Benefits
Network-level monitoring support
Monitors and evaluates the current operational status of all the supported network and office desktop devices. Monitored components include routers, switches, PIX firewalls, ASA, IDS, wireless access points, servers, printers, workstations, applications, and services.
Provides console-based autodiscovery of the network. Autodiscovery of the network can be performed using SNMP smart scan, IP range scan, and network neighborhood scan.
Provides the capability to import devices statically into the system through bulk import of devices using a host import file and individual addition of devices
Real-time actionable network level topology
Provides visibility into network connectivity and related information by means of an autogenerated real-time physical connectivity view that not only shows interconnections between different devices but also presents the current operational status of each of the devices and applications in the network.
Presents the current operational status of the network through physical connectivity views and provides contextual tools to view current alert status and historical information.
Contextual menus and diagnostic tools
Increases productivity of network managers and facilitates faster trouble isolation by providing contextual diagnostic tools and easy one-click access to embedded device management systems
Rich notification for easy troubleshooting
Helps enable easy integration into customer monitoring and troubleshooting workflows by means of notification mechanisms such as SNMP traps, Short Message Service (SMS), e-mails, beeper, pager, syslog, active script activation, service restart, windows pop-up action, and Web alarms
Common and extensible framework for network-level monitoring
Provides a single interface through which all the devices in the network (both Cisco devices and third-party devices) may be monitored. Basic availability/reach ability status is monitored on devices such as servers, workstations, printers, and other networking devices. It also features an extensible monitoring framework through which monitoring coverage may be extended by adding different active monitors based on supported protocols like HTTP, SNMP, WMI, and so on that enable custom monitoring for both Cisco and third-party devices, applications, and services.
Rich array of real-time and historical reports
It features a rich array of real-time reports and historical reports. Reports are divided into a variety of areas and provide specific information on each of these areas. The following lists the different categories of reports:
• Device reports: Focus on performance and availability data for the selected device
• Device group reports: Focus on performance and availability data for the selected device group
• Wireless Access Point Reports: Provide a wireless access point inventory and information on connectivity, reachability, and number of logged-on users
• Performance reports: Focus on performance data for the selected device or device group
• Problem areas: Display alerts reported across the network across different data sources (traps, syslogs, event logs, performance errors, top N outages, and so on)
• Event history: Provides historical reports of all events generated by Cisco netManager for the given device or device group
• General: Provides reports on application logs, user activity, and so on
Real-time and historical performance monitoring and reporting
Provides real-time and historical performance reporting options for easy access and customization. All the collected performance data is summarized and maintained for up to 30 days. Data beyond 30 days is automatically purged. The collected performance data may be displayed in real-time graphical trend charts. The following is a sample of predefined reports that are available without requiring any agents:
• CPU Utilization
• Memory Utilization
• Interface Utilization (Bandwidth)
• Ping Availability
• Hard Disk Drive Utilization
Figure 1. Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 Homepage and Real-Time Event Viewer
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 has a Web-based user interface (UI). There is no need to download and install any client applications. Users could be anywhere in the world, and as long as the users have network connectivity to a Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 workstation/server, they can open up their Web browser and connect to the Cisco netManager Web interface, authenticate themselves, and verify the system network status.
Furthermore, the Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 user interface is based on portal technology. This means that users can customize their views and client interfaces to their specific needs by adding and configuring needed content while removing old or unwanted content. All user customization settings are stored as user preferences and will be remembered the next time the user logs in. The entire Web-based user interface operates in real time and provides an auto refresh feature. Users can rest assured that the information they see on the user interface reflects the latest status from the devices.
Figure 2 shows a real-time physical connectivity view of Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure, and Figure 3 shows a detailed device view and wireless access point report.
Figure 3. Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 Detailed Device View and Wireless Access Point Report
Licensing and Upgrade
Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 is available in two distinct license modes: Perpetual right-to-use (RTU) license with no expiration date and Annual RTU license, which is valid for one year from the date of registration. Furthermore, within each of these orderable options, Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 can be licensed at different deployment scales as appropriate for commercial-class deployments of various sizes. Licensing is controlled by means of a license file, and network administrators can upgrade the license as their network size grows without disrupting the monitoring or having to decommission their server. Upgrading the license is as simple as procuring a new license, registering the Product Authorization Key (PAK), then receiving the license key file by e-mail and deploying it on the server. Licenses are available for monitoring 50 network devices and 50 wireless access points or 100 devices and 100 wireless access points per Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 server.
The Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure can also be upgraded to provide monitoring support for all components of small and medium-sized Cisco Unified Communications systems. The perpetual license can be upgraded to support 250, 500, or 1000 IP phones in addition to the above-mentioned infrastructure (network and office) device counts. Once upgraded, Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure will start monitoring the different elements of the Cisco Unified Communications System including Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity
® systems, Cisco Unity Express, Cisco Unity Connection, Cisco Unified Contact Center Express, Cisco Unified Presence Server, and Cisco Unified MeetingPlace
Once upgraded, the feature set and functionality of Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 will be very similar to its Unified Communications counterpart, Cisco netManager Unified Communications 1.0, which is also part of the Cisco netManager solution. Customers who have purchased the Cisco netManager Unified Communications product initially can upgrade to the IP Infrastructure feature set or purchase the Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure product and then upgrade to the Unified Communications feature set as their network grows.
Table 2 shows Cisco netManager IP Infrastructure 1.0 specifications. Table 3 provides the system capacities of this solution.
Table 2. Product Specifications
Monitored infrastructure devices
Cisco Routers (800, 1800, 2800, 3800, 3700, 1700 series), Cisco Switches (500, 29xx, 3xxx, 4xxx, 6xxx series), PIX firewall (500 series), ASA 5xxx, IDS, VPN 3000 series concentrator, Aironet access points (1xxx series), Wireless LAN controllers (44xx and 21xx series), and third-party devices (servers, workstations, printers, and other networking devices) that support SNMP, ICMP, or WMI
Windows 2003 Server with SP1
Windows XP with SP2
The user interface can be accessed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 on Windows 2003 and Windows XP platforms.