Switch Management module allows you to manage devices like switches or routers in the system. The default driver supports most devices commercially available, such as Dell, HP, Netgear OR 3COM. With the module we can remotely control the ports of the devices through the enable/disable port actions. The module also collects summary statistics concerning disabled/enabled ports, inbound/outbound error packets and inbound/outbound discarded packets.
- Control State Of Any Switch Port Remotely
- Automatic Switch Port Turn On/Off On Suspend/Unsuspend/Terminate Of Any Chosen Product
- View Switch Locations Map With The Number Of On/Off Ports
- Access Detailed Information About Each Switch Port
- View Aggregate Statistics
- View General Graphs:
- Ports Summary
- Error Summary
- Packets Summary
- View Event Logs
Adding Switch/Router Devices
Adding devices in the system can be accomplished in several ways. We can do this through filling in the Adding New Device form and providing the appropriate IP address of the device, along with completing other data respectively. We can also use the Auto-discovering form, so the system will automatically detect all data on the device and update it within the system itself. After the successful process of adding the device, we must configure SNMP protocol settings.
Please move to a summary page of a device you are interested in and use the Action button located in the header. There you will find the Settings section.
In this place you may configure SNMP protocol settings for the device. By default, the formula contains three standard configuration fields, these are:
- SNMP IP Address
- SNMP Version
- SNMP Public Community (or Security Name)
- SNMP Private Community
In case the configuration of SNMP protocol in the device is highly advanced, you may use several additional options of SNMPv3 configuration. These are:
- SNMPv3 security name
- SNMPv3 security level
- SNMPv3 authentication protocol
- SNMPv3 authentication pass phrase
- SNMPv3 privacy protocol
- SNMPv3 privacy pass phrase
Once the form has been filled out and changes saved, you may now test the typed in data, press ‘Test SNMP Connection’ button. The system will check the validity of the SNMP connection basing on the following OID in a repository:
If the value is retrieved, the system will assume that the SNMP connection is correct. In other case, an appropriate error will be displayed.
Module Main View
The main view of the module presents a map of the existing locations in the system, along with the number of UP/DOWN ports for the given location. Due to that the administrator knows whether there are any more free ports on the switches to connect devices to them.
In this section, we see the summary graphs on all ports of network devices in the system. These are:
- Ports Summary presenting historically how many ports were enabled/disabled in the specific time
- Error Summary presenting historically how many error packets were found in the specific time
- Ports Summary presenting historically how many ports were rejected in the specific time
Proceeding to Device List in the view of the module, we can see a list of all Switch/Router devices that have been added in the system. The list shows basic information about the device and the number of enabled/disabled ports. At the top of this section also details on the total number of on/off ports for all devices can be found.
Using the action menu we can move to a summary of the particular device.
In this section data is collected in the real time using the SNMP protocol. In the left Summary box, we see basic information about the device. Box Ports (Operational States) presents information on the status of ports (Operational State) for all ports of the particular device. Box Ports (Admin States) presents information on the status of ports (Admin State). We can easily manage individual ports by clicking on the graphic of the appropriate port. Please note that when you try to switch it off/on, the port’s admin state is changed.
Using the Ports tab, we can see advanced information about all ports of the device in the form of a table. To retrieve data faster, the cache mechanism, which is automatically reset after 5 minutes or during performing actions on a specific port, has been applied in this section.
From here we can also manage the statuses of the port through the actions such as Enable or Disable (depending on the current state of the Admin State). All actions performed on the device are logged and can be seen proceeding to the Event Logs tab.