Network Interfaces and Ports
The following section contains a list of network interfaces (for devices of the Server type) or ports. Any data on the network interfaces and ports are collected on a regular basis during the polling process using SNMP protocol (SNMP Protocol Configuration Device Settings). ‘Ports’ module is responsible for collecting the data. You can read about the global module configuration in the ‘Other’ → ‘Settings’ section.
You can also add ports or network interfaces manually, just use the ‘Add New Port’ form.
- Port Label
- Port Number
- Is Pullable - if checked, data on this port will be collected during device polling process
- Description - port short description
- User Label - custom name chosen by a user, it allows better identification of the port
- Speed - Speed in Mbps
- MAC Address - port MAC Address
If port is set as “Pullable” then after hovering over the field description we will see the graphs on the data flow in this port:
When you click on the description field, you will be redirected to the port summary view, where the graphs can be filtered according to specific dates:
Each port can be virtually connected to any other port in the system to identify connections better between the devices. ‘Connected Item’ and ‘Connected Port’ fields are used for such connections, they can be found on the table presenting the list of ports:
This action can be also performed by using one of the icons located in the Actions column in the table.
Assign Server to Switch
Connecting the server to the switch is very important from the perspective of both the administrator and the end client. It enables monitoring of the traffic and transfer usage, which eventually will allow you to charge customers using the preferred billing system.
In order to assign the server to the switch, go to the ‘Ports’ section that presents the complete list of server ports. To add a new port, you need to enter the ‘Add New Port’ form where you have to define the label and number of a port.
After creating the port, connect it to the appropriate port of the switch. The Connected Item and Connected Port fields in the table are used for this purpose. In the first one, select the switch that you want to connect the server port to, then choose the appropriate switch port in the second field. That is all! The server port has been connected to the switch port.
In order to monitor the transfer consumption and traffic on this server, go to ‘Traffic Aggregation’. In this section, you can specify ports that will be responsible for traffic aggregation of this server. In most cases, it will be a single port, but the system permits you to assign an unlimited number of ports here. The ‘Configure’ button launches the port selection form, you simply select the appropriate server port and save the changes. Such a configuration will allow you to collect traffic from the appropriate switch port that has been assigned to the corresponding server port.