Working with diagrams

Working with diagrams

Objects

Diagrams are composed of objects, nodes and the relationships between them. If no object is added to the Objects menu then all objects are displayed which is the default when the Diagrams → Network page is opened. If all objects are displayed, the objects are grouped into smaller groups (clouds) for better visibility. You can double click the object group to explore further.

Top-level view with all objects:

Adding objects

To display the required information, select on the right side Objects → Add Objects → Object type and Object instance.

One or more objects can be displayed at a time.

For example, to see a diagram of particular sites called L41 and L33:

  1. Select sites from Object type drop-down menu

  2. Select site name L41 for Object instance

  3. Click Add

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for site L33.

Removing objects

Objects can be removed from the diagram by:

  1. using the X button for a specific object

  2. using the X button on the Remove Objects menu

  3. using the Remove All button to remove all objects from the diagram

Manipulating objects and nodes

Diagrams are generated automatically, but the following supported operations can change their layout:

  • Pinch to zoom: touch & desktop (if supported by the trackpad)

  • Mouse wheel to zoom: desktop

  • Two-finger trackpad up or down to zoom: desktop

  • Tap to select: touch & desktop

  • Tap background to deselect: desktop

  • Multiple selections via modifier key (shift, command, control, alt) + tap: desktop

  • Box selection: touch (three-finger swipe) & desktop (modifier key + mouse down then drag)

  • Grab and drag nodes: touch & desktop

The Center button can also center the screen view.

Save default layout (view)

After editing the layout, you can save the changes as the default by using the floppy disk icon at the top left corner of a particular object (see below).

Save and load view

Each object can have multiple views that can be saved and loaded again later.

Save view

Click the floppy icon to save the view.

Enter a name for that view and click save.

The view saved in this way is not the default view for that object. Please check Save default layout above.

Load view

The view can be loaded by clicking the folder icon.

Select the desired view and click to load (the white arrow down in the green square).

Export current view to PNG

The view can be exported in the form of a PNG image by clicking on ... and selecting Export PNG:

Search looks up any text currently present on the diagram. Typing query filters the view and clicking on the search button focuses and zooms in on the item.

Filtering protocols

The user can filter connection protocols between devices of the second and third layer of ISO OSI by using filters in the Protocols menu.

It is possible to use predefined filters or a filter according to your own specific requirements. Predefined filters can be selected from the drop-down menu.

Individual protocols can be show (show them on the diagram), fade (show them but without any description in grey) or hide (do not show them).

Link grouping

Link grouping means that protocols of the specific layer are not shown as separate lines but together as a single line.

Layer grouping

Layer Grouping collapses groups of devices according to the types of links that connect these, either in Layer 2 or 3 groups. Devices connected with different layer protocols can't be grouped together.

Ignore filters

All filters can be turned off using Ignore filters checkbox.

Device information deep dive

After clicking on the device, it is possible to obtain additional information about it and the protocols used on this device.

Additional display options

  • Display wired hosts - displays an aggregated view of wired end hosts connected to the network. End hosts can be expanded by clicking on the edge device hosts are connected to and then Expand wired hosts button.

  • Display access points - displays wireless access points.

    • Display wireless hosts - adds wireless end hosts to access points view.

  • Display unmanaged neighbours - displays devices discovered using CDP/LLDP with a management IP address, but IP Fabric cannot login to them.

  • Show FEX - displays fabric extenders.

  • Show site edge - displays site edge and connection to the transit networks.

  • Hide boundary

  • Hide Interface Labels

  • Hide Protocol Labels

  • Show ACL & ZBF

  • Show QoS

  • Show FHRP

  • Show utilization - device average rate/site average rate. Min=0%, max=100%.

  • Nonredundant devices - highlights in red the devices whose failure will cause unavailability of part of the network.

  • Nonredundant links - highlights in red the links with no path redundancy.

  • MTU Check - checks if MTU is properly set on the end of both links.

  • Hub meshing - creates an aggregate hub for full and partial mesh topologies for improved viewing clarity.