How to use IP Fabric is a basic end-user introduction to IP Fabric with practical examples.
This guide assumes that initial network discovery is already done. For more details on how to install, configure and run initial discovery please check First start article.
Verifying the Network
You can verify a lot of technologies and configuration parts with IP Fabric. You can simply go through technologies in IP Fabric menu (for example MAC table):
or quickly find particular technology you are interested in using search (for example MAC table):
Today's goal is to check all port channels in our network.
Step 1 - Find the proper technology table
As described above we can simply browse IP Fabric menu and find a particular technology table but in our case as we know exactly what we are looking for, search menu will be a better choice.
In the upper right corner click to search field and type your request. We are looking for port channels, ether channels or just link aggregation. Because I'm from Cisco world I would type in "port channel".
Search returns more results because there are more technology tables with port channels. We are interested in the last one in this case "Link Aggregation (LAG)/Portchannel/Etherchannel Member status table". Just click on it and we are there.
Step 2 - Look for malfunctions
For your convenience IP Fabric has predefined a lot of rules and reports. In our particular case port channels are colored green if everything is OK and other color is used when some malfunction is in place. You can easily sort the table by clicking the desired field in the header. In the example below we clicked on "Members (Status)".
You can also filter colors by clicking them above in Reports box. When clicked small eye icon is displayed and items are filtered only to the selected color. Click again to the same color to clear filter.
Customize predefined rules
Predefined coloring rules can be fully customized. To do that click on predefined rule name in Reports box above the technology table which is "Port-channel members state" in our case.
Step 3 - Fix it
In step 2 we found few malfunctioned port channels. You can gather more information in IP Fabric like check network diagrams or directly connect to device with problematic port channel.
- Click on device host name.
- You can go to network diagram (click to switching domain number).
- You can connect to device.
Step 4 - An overall overview
Dashboard is the right place where you can see the overall status of your network. There are predefined widgets for user convenience but you can also add, remove or edit it.
For our example with port channels you can go to Dashboard, widget Neighborship compliance and there is report called Port Channel members states. By clicking selected color you are redirected to technology table with color filter applied.
Adding custom Report to the Dashboard
First let's create new coloring rule which will be then added to the Dashboard.