Chapter 6. Elements

Table of Contents

Device
Device Properties
FQDN, IP and Mask
Note
SNMP Community
Picture
Colors (Fill and Border)
Draw Dash
Shape
Popup Menu
External Shortcuts
Internal Shortcuts (Ping, Trace Route, SNMP Browse)
Alarm and Action Options
Select and Delete
Network Connection / Line
Device Properties
IP and Mask
Line Width
Line Color
Network Cloud
Device Properties
IP and Mask
Color (Cloud and Fill)
Text
Text Properties
Alignment
Border
Text Fill Color

Elements are used to make the network layout diagram on a Workspace. The number of element types has been kept to a minimum, and those that are there have been kept as simple as possible. The idea is the network layout should be quick to produce and modify.

Device

Devices represent any device on a network that has an IP Address. The representation of the device is a rounded rectangle. The representation contains three items:

  • A picture of the device
  • The FQDN or IP address
  • The Alarm Dashboard

Also See: the section called “Workspace Wizard”

Device Properties

FQDN, IP and Mask

The Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), IP and Network Mask identify the device. The representation will show the FQDN unless one is not set, in which case the IP will be shown.

Note

Place to store a short note on the device. This could be a description of the device. The Workspace Wizard will fill in a description if access to the device through SNMP was obtained.

SNMP Community

This is used by the wizards as the default community for the device. They will allow you to edit this within the wizard if required.

Picture

A number of pictures representing common devices have been included with Net-Probe. If you click on the Value section of the properties window a button '...' will appear. Click on this and a wizard will start showing all pictures located. Select a picture and the Finished button will insert the picture. To select no picture once one has been selected, start the wizard and click on the space between the pictures so no picture is selected, then Finish. You can add your own images if desired, under the installation directory, there is a directory called Bitmaps. Add your bitmap to this directory, then restart the Net-Probe client, and your image will be included in the Picture Wizard.

Figure 6.1. Picture Wizard

Picture Wizard

Colors (Fill and Border)

Allows for the customization of the border and fill color of the device representation. Both offer a transparent option.

Draw Dash

The Dashboard shows the number of alarms in each of the states. The option not to show this is offered here.

Shape

The device is shown on the workspace with a specified shape. The options are:

  • Round Rectangle
  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Diamond

Popup Menu

The popup menu can be activated by right clicking on the device.

External Shortcuts

Shortcuts setup using the Host Shortcut Editor under the Edit menu item will appear here. External tools can be quickly accessed through this system.

Also See: Chapter 13, Shortcuts

Internal Shortcuts (Ping, Trace Route, SNMP Browse)

You can open some of the internal tools through this menu. For these to be available, the FQDN or IP for the device must be set. If the device's SNMP community is set the SNMP browser will automatically start using the Community. If not, a Community will have to be entered and started. The other tools will all start automatically.

Also See: the section called “Ping”, the section called “TraceRoute”, the section called “SNMP Browser”

Alarm and Action Options

All Actions can be Disabled, Enabled or Checked Now. The option to add an alarm directly to the device is also offered. You can also reset all uptime counters for the device.

Select and Delete

A device can be selected and deselected with these options.


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