IP Fabric TIPs

Overview

IP Fabric's primary user interface is accessed through a web browser and the web interface includes all of the functionality needed to operate the system. The web interface is accessible through any modern browser, on any screen, with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Edge, and Internet Explorer supported on most of the platforms.

The user interface includes numerous views which cover a range of technologies. To find a specific page or a technology table, use the Search function located in the top ribbon.

IP Fabric provides quick navigation for its technology tables rather than supporting a full-text search for all database values. For example, the search does not return results for "1500", but searching for "MTU" will return the appropriate technology view, which can then be filtered for specific MTU values. Similarly, the search will not return results for an IP address, however first looking for hosts or endpoints or devices will point to the right technology view, which can then be filtered for specific search intent.


Tables

Tables allow for analysis and correlation of network state information and parameters on the fly. Most of the tables display live snapshot data generated by graph algorithms without preexisting cache. The first load of a table usually takes longer than subsequent loads, but all tables were built to handle a large capacity and complex queries, so the outcome should be better than analyzing the output in an external application like Excel.

Network or Site view

Each technology table displays information for the whole network by default. To restrict the view to a specific site, use the drop down menu on the top left corner and select the site you want to display the information for. To return to the full network view, select “Network” from the site list.

Working with tables

An ARP technology table is used as an example below to demonstrate the functionality of tables.

Table description

For a short table description click on the  button.

Contextual help

Contextual help is displayed when a mouse cursor hovers over a table icon or table header text.

Table search

Simply type in what you are looking for in most columns. The example below shows a search for all devices with an IP address starting "10.41.133" throughout all of the ARP tables in our infrastructure.

Use  to clear the search results.

Advanced table search (Advanced Filter)

If you need a more precise filter use Advanced Filter. Click on  and configure filter rules.

Filters are defined by groups and rules. Each group can contain on or more rules or another group. There is always one root group which cannot be deleted (number 1). Select the logical operator for each group. The example below shows logical Or for the first group and logical And for groups two and three.

What does example below do? It shows all devices with hostname "L47AC8" AND interface "Et7/2" as well as devices with hostname "L43SD73" AND interface "Et13/0".

In other words: "Show me all devices with hostname L47AC8 which have interface Et7/2, plus all devices with hostname L43SD73 with interface Et13/0.

Share table view

The table view can be shared with other users.


Colorize column

The table column can be colored based on predefined rules. Existing (as well as default rules) are visible above table as Reports and can be edited or removed.

Click on  to add a new coloring rule. Specify Rule name, select the column to add the color to - Colorized column and also, optionally, dashboard Widgets (check Dashboard documentation for more details). Specify a filter rule to colorize the selected column:

  1. Choose the color to apply rules to.
  2. Add rules based on the same logic as described for Advanced table search (Advanced Filter) above.
  3. A color can be designated as a Default color which means that any other color will become the default color if there is no match to any other rule.
  4. Click Update rule

In the example below, all items in the "VRF" column which are named "vrf4" will be colored red. A summary number of items which matches this rule will also be displayed on Dashboard in the Interfaces widget.

Display setting

Select what columns are displayed by choosing in Column Visibility.

Enable Sticky first column to fix the first column in case of horizontal scrolling.

Enable Sticky table header to fix the table header in case of vertical scrolling.

Tables' rows and text can be adjusted to small, medium or large sizes with Rows height adjust .

Export to CSV

The current table view can be exported to CSV. This is useful for additional data processing in an external application.

Restore table setting

Table filters and other settings can be restored using the Restore Table Settings button.

Colorization rules are not removed!


Practical examples:

How to use IP Fabric - working with diagrams and technology tables