Cisco Insight Reporter v2.0 User Guide
Network Wizard
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Network Wizard

Table Of Contents

Network Wizard

Introduction

Defining a Network

Configure a New Network

Delete an Existing Network

Managing Network Devices

Setting Master Device

Defining Device Topology

Device View

Custom Topology View

Defining Service Hierarchy

Service Family

Custom Tree Services

Managing Report Filters

Assigning Custom Colors


Network Wizard


Revised: December 22, 2010, OL-24156-01

Introduction

This chapter describes how a user can configure the network topology on the application.

This chapter contains the following sections:

Defining a Network

Managing Network Devices

Setting Master Device

Defining Device Topology

Defining Service Hierarchy

Managing Report Filters

Assigning Custom Colors

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 SCEs are provisioned, the administrator can create a list of networks. These SCE links are used to produce reports that show aggregated traffic.

Administrators can add networks and group SCEs for reporting. Each SCE to be used in reporting (defined through its links) must be associated to at least one network. The network definition includes the device topology and service hierarchy. A service hierarchy of a network is the service definition of its master device on the remote database.

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:

Configure a New Network

Delete an Existing Network

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.

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.

Managing Network Devices

The Devices tab displays all configured databases and devices, enabling you to collect 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, to be used as reference for the service configuration.

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.


When you set a master device, you see:

Figure 4-2 Setting Master Device


Note You cannot delete the master SCE, unless a new master is defined.


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:

Device View

Custom Topology View

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 v2.

When you select Device Type View, you see:

Figure 4-3 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 SCEs in logical groups (that is, POPs, cities, regions, and so on). In such tree structures, the root element is the network name, the SCEs are the leaves of the hierarchical tree, and intermediate nodes represent the geographical aggregations. All nodes can be collapsed or expanded down to the SCE level.

As soon as a network is defined, the custom view of the topology is just a flat tree containing all the SCE elements as children elements of a unique node (the network name).

When you select the Custom Topology View, you see:

Figure 4-4 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.

Figure 4-5 Create Group

Step 3 Enter the Name and Description of the group (for example, East Coast, West Coast, and so on).

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, and so on).

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 Check 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 SCEs under the groups as well.


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

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:

Service Family

Custom Tree Services

Service Family

The service family view represents a hierarchical description of network services.

When you select the service family view, you see:

Figure 4-6 Service Family

Custom Tree Services

By defining a custom service tree, you can create new service families based on other aggregation criteria.

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 a different logic.

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 Because this service tree is not automatically updated in case of changes in the SCE configuration, you must manually update the custom tree.


When you select the Custom Service View, you see:

Figure 4-7 Custom Service View

Managing Report Filters

The Report Filter tab provides the ability to filter out all the report topics and report families that do not support Asymmetric Routing Classification (Split Flow).

Administrators can use this tab to manually set the mapping between the available report templates based on the SCE or CM configuration for the selected network.

The available report templates are:

Global Traffic information (LUR table)

Package-based Traffic information (PUR table)

Zone-based information (ZUR table)

Top Hourly Subscriber aggregated data (TOPS_PERIOD0 table)

Top Daily Subscriber aggregated data (TOPS_PERIOD1 table)

Transactional information (TR table)

Virtual Link information (VLUR table)

Real-time Subscriber information (SUR table)

Malicious Traffic information (MALUR table)

IPv6 Traffic information (GUR table)

VoIP Traffic information (MEDIA table)

Subscriber Real-time flows information (FUR table)


Note 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 v2 application provides a default color palette, but you can customize the color of each chart series using the interactive GUI. The change does not impact the global settings, but reflects only on the specific report tab and its export formats.

You can change the color of the services, packages, and topology elements, by just clicking the colored box.

When you select the color box, you see:

Figure 4-8 Assigning Custom Colors