UNUM Add Fabric

UNUM is initially configured using the Add feature contained in the left navigation bar.

After clicking Add, you select your method of adding or creating new fabrics.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Fabric

Depending on the type of license purchased for use with UNUM select the desired configuration.

Note: Users can configure multiple Fabrics in parallel after completing an initial configuration. While the first Fabric is being created/discovered you launch another Fabric creation process by clicking on the desired Fabric icon as shown above.

Seed Switch

Click the Seed Switch icon to create a new seed switch and enter the required parameters.

Step 1 General - Enter the name or IP address for the seed switch, the desired control port (default is port 80), a description of the seed switch (optional) and the User Name and Password.

UNUM Platform Global - Add Seed Switch

Click Next to continue.

Step 2 Setup - The new seed switch information is displayed by IP address and host name. If other seed switches were previously created they will be listed below the newly created seed switch by IP address and host name and their function within the fabric (spine or leaf).

UNUM Platform Global - Fabric Setup

Click Next to continue.

Step 3 Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings window displays the information taken from the target seed switch and includes In-Band IP, DNS IP, DNS Secondary IP, Domain Name and NTP Server. These parameters cannot be edited from within UNUM and are taken directly from the target seed switch.

UNUM Platform Global - Fabric Advanced Settings

Click Add to continue and add the new seed switch. The UNUM Dashboard displays a message confirming a successful add of the new seed switch. Conversely, a failed message is displayed if the seed switch cannot be added. You should review all configuration parameters and try again in this event.

As Fabric discovery runs you check on the process by clicking the  information icon.

UNUM Platform Global - Discovering Details

UNUM Platform Global - Discovering Details - Discovering Mode

Once complete, the screen will update with the status of the discovery process.

UNUM Platform Global - Discovering Details - Discovering Complete

The dashboard will display the newly added Fabric and associated seed switch information. Discovery of devices within the fabric begins automatically.

Note: A default collector named netvisor-collector-fabricname is created when the Fabric is created. View and manage the Collector selecting Manager → Manage Collector.

UNUM Platform Global - New Fabric in Dashboard

Toggling on the blue arrow icon will expand or contract the fabric information to include all switches that make up the fabric.

A topology map is created and displayed after discovery occurs.

Topology maps may be very simple or extremely complex (large) depending on the nature of the fabric.

Complex maps are easily resized by positioning the cursor in the display window and resizing using your mouse scroll control or selecting the topology map and moving it within the display window.

UNUM Platform Global - Fabric Topology Map Complex

Selecting the Fabric name from the Global list of fabrics reveals addition information about the devices in the fabric. Detailed information includes Host Name, Mgmt IP/MAC address, In-Band IP/MAC address, Connect Type, Output Port and device State. You sort the list of Collectors in the Collector Management dashboard using the up / down  arrows above each of the columns to display the information in a convenient fashion.

UNUM Platform Global - Fabric Details

As previously stated device discovery begins automatically when a new Fabric is created. However, you have the option to manually discover devices. Click the Cog  icon next to the Details of… and select Trigger Device Discovery to re-initialize discovering devices in the Fabric.

UNUM Platform Global - Fabric Trigger Device Discovery

A Fabric is deleted from the Global Dashboard by selecting Delete from the Cog  icon menu. A confirmation window is displayed. Click OK to delete the Fabric or Cancel to return to the previous screen without making any changes.

UNUM Platform Global - Delete Fabric

You cannot delete a Fabric with a running Collector. You must first disable the Collector under Manager → Fabric → Manage Collector otherwise you will receive the following error message.

UNUM Platform Global - Delete Fabric Error Message

Clicking on a device listed in the fabric will update the dashboard with detailed information about the device including the device Name, Hardware, Software, License, Transceivers and General information. The device is highlighted on the Topology map.

UNUM Platform Global - Topology Map Device Details

You edit a Collector switch entry by clicking Edit using the Cog  icon next to the switch to be updated.

Only switches acting as Collectors can be edited via this topology dashboard feature.

UNUM Platform Global - Topology Map Edit Collector

Select the new Switch from the drop-down list.

UNUM Platform Global - Update Switch

Trigger Device Discovery

To trigger a device discovery process click Trigger Device Discovery using the Cog  icon next to the switch to be accessed.

A confirmation message appears on the dashboard confirming the device discovery.

UNUM Platform Global - Device Discovery Confirmation Message

SSH Console Feature

You access a switch via a SSH Console session for any switch entry by clicking SSH using the Cog  icon next to the switch to be accessed.

UNUM Platform Global - SSH

Enter the Username and Password for the switch and click Login to continue. Click Cancel to return to the previous screen.

A SSH Console CLI session is opened on the selected switch.

UNUM Platform Global - SSH Console Session

For example, entering a switch CLI command on a switch running vlans will return that information to the SSH console.

UNUM Platform Global - SSH Console Session Example

Use the TAB key to expand CLI commands.