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Overview

IP Fabric is distributed as a single self-contained virtual machine. Distribution links contain current versions of the VM image files for the initial deployments and also update files offline for existing IP Fabric deployments (only versions 2.2.0 onward). The image files and the license file (distributed via a separate channel) are necessary to successfully complete the first start. Read-only network credentials are necessary to complete the first network discovery and analysis.

Deploy and configure VM

Supported hypervisors

VMware vSphere, Hyper-VNutanix and KVM are the only supported platforms.
For vShpere, please follow these instructions Deploying VMware OVA Virtual Machine
For HyperV, please follow these instructions Deploying Hyper-V Virtual Machine
For Nutanix, please follow these instructions Deploying Nutanix Virtual Machine
For KVM, please follow these instructions Deploying KVM Virtual Machine
For AWS EC2 Instance, please follow these instructions Deploying Amazon AWS EC2 instance

Please follow the instructions available above as separate sub-topics regarding VM's deployment. Instructions cover deployment and the First Boot Wizard Configuration

Access User Interface and Install License

Type IP Fabric VM's address into a web browser and allow HTTPS exceptions in case of a warning.

Trusted certificate

A trusted certificate can replace a self-signed SSL certificate using a web UI.

The system requires a license file that uniquely identifies the system and links it to the dedicated support channels. Keep the license file safe, as the license file is also used as part of the key to encrypt sensitive information. Drag the license.key file into the web interface, or click “Select file” and browse to the license file. If the license installation fails, contact the IP Fabric support team.

Once the license is valid, the system will present a login screen. The default system username is admin and the password is netHero!123. The admin account can be used as a regular account to run the system or to create and manage other users.

Invalid default admin credentials

For an unknown reason, it might happen that on the first start-up default system username and password are not working. To fix this issue, please login to the System administration on an address https://ipfabric.example.com:8443 and after login as osadmin user go to Create admin and create a new local administrator account. With this new account, you can login to the main IP Fabric user interface and change a password to the default admin account or delete him. See Create Local Administrator page.

Setup Wizard

After login in for the first time, you will be presented with the Configuration Wizard. This will guide you throughout the initial setup, in order to start the first discovery.

Run initial discovery

Now that you have entered the essential details, you can start the discovery!

Option 1 - via the Setup Wizard

If you haven’t yet, you can click on Start Discovery from Step 11 of the Setup Wizard.

Option 2 - via the Discovery Snapshot page

From the “Discovery Snapshot” page, click on + New snapshot and start the discovery:

IP Fabric will attempt to connect to the default gateway of the VM and any provided Seed IP Addresses. Once connected to a device, IP Fabric will fingerprint the vendor, model, and version, and adjust accordingly to run the necessary commands as per the Used Commands list.

After the discovery is completed, all of the state data is available in structured Technology tables, Diagrams, a MS Word Document Reports, or through API. Technology tables can be colored for specific verification or reporting using the Colorize columns button on the table heading row, which can then be displayed in a dashboard. At least two discovery runs are required to compare changes or to see rates and the delta counter data.

Enjoy using IP Fabric!

If no devices are discovered, or something is missing, check the knowledge base for known cases or contact support.

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