Understanding INTERSPAN Network
Manager Features

AutoConfigure Feature

Viewing Network Status Information (SNMP Trap Handling)

SNMP Queries

Advanced Reports Service (ARS)

Message Logging Feature



Overview

This chapter provides a description of the INTERSPAN Network Manager features and functionality. Information about the following features explained:

AutoConfigure

Message Logging

SNMP Trap Handling

SNMP Queries

Advanced Reports Service (ARS)



Understanding INTERSPAN Network
Manager Features

INTERSPAN Network Manager enables those managing network environments using SNMP management workstations to integrate monitoring their Frame Relay virtual network with the management of other elements of their network. The INTERSPAN Network Manager application enables you to create a graphical representation of the customer's Frame Relay virtual private network. The graphical representation is created through the application's AutoConfigure capability and incorporated into the network mapping hierarchy. The generated sub-map allows users to select network elements and display management object information.

INTERSPAN Network Manager facilitates the retrieval of customer-specific advanced reports from the INTERSPAN Customer Network Management System (CNMS) through its Advanced Reports Service (ARS) capability.

Through the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and the network management platform, you are able to download ASCII or PostScript® reports onto your network management workstation. In addition, using the workstation-based utilities, you can view, print, and delete reports.



AutoConfigure Feature

For efficient management of a network, a graphical display of the network topology is critical. AutoConfigure automates the process of topology generation for the AT&T INTERSPAN network.

The AutoConfigure feature allows you to discover the INTERSPAN network topology and generate a map of all the network elements. This map displays the connectivity between different elements. SNMP information can be retrieved for these elements. You also have the ability to customize the map.



Message Logging Feature

Two log files are created in the log directory where INTERSPAN Network Manager is installed, inm.trap and inm.log. Tracing information is logged in these files when the application is active. inm.trap contains port and DLCI status information while inm.log contains critical and warning information.










Viewing Network Status Information
(SNMP Trap Handling)

The status of each port and PVC governed by the INTERSPAN Network Manager is displayed on the network view so that users can see which ones are in-service and out-of-service. As SNMP messages containing status changes are received, the changes are displayed and logged and the network view is updated







SNMP Queries

The SNMP Queries feature is provided by SunNet Manager and allows you to select objects from network views in order to generate SNMP queries.










Advanced Reports Service (ARS)

The Advanced Reports Service (ARS) allows access to weekly and monthly reports for all ports and connections in a network provided by the INTERSPAN Customer Network Management Service (CNMS).

ARS allows you to access the weekly or monthly reports in either ASCII or PostScript format. Once the appropriate selections have been made, you can then perform the following functions:





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