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6 Using Equipment

This section describes equipment in Oracle Communications Network Intelligence. An equipment is a device that terminates or transits trails.

Using the Equipment Tree Browser

The equipment tree browser displays a navigable list of all equipment, card, and port definitions currently modeled in Network Intelligence.

Equipment are ordered in folders denoting equipment type, equipment sub-type, and definition. Card definitions and port definitions are also displayed. Port definitions are grouped by capacity.

Double-click a folder to expand the selection. Sub-entities within folders are populated on selection.

Equipment in Network Intelligence are generated in one of the following ways:

  • Equipment are created in the Network Intelligence GUI. See "Creating an Equipment".

  • Equipment are loaded from the inventory management system (IMS) in which they are modeled. See Network Intelligence Concepts for further information on data loading.

Creating an Equipment

To create an equipment, use the equipment configuration wizard:

  1. Click Equipment on the context toolbar.

  2. Click the Create icon to display the following equipment configuration options:

  3. Select Equipment Configuration Wizard, and then click Create New Equipment.

  4. Click Next to enter the equipment details. Completing one field may auto-fill another:

    • Site: Search for the name of the site to contain the equipment.

    • Name: The name of the equipment.

    • Definition: Search for the equipment definition; for example: IP, 10G ADM, 1664 SM, Wireless.

      Note:

      The equipment definition name, Blackbox, is a reserved word and has a special meaning in Network Intelligence.

      If the Equipment Definition of the equipment being created is named Blackbox, then the Equipment Configuration Wizard allows ports to be added to the equipment instance directly.

    • Type: The equipment type; for example: ATM Type, Frame Type, CESR.

    • Technology: The equipment platform; for example: IP, Wireless, SDH.

    • Customer: The customer for the equipment.

    • Supplier: The hardware supplier; for example: Alcatel, Ericsson.

    • In Service Date: Use the calendar window to select the date on which the equipment comes into service.

    • Out Service Date: Use the calendar window to select the date on which the equipment reaches exhaustion.

    • Status: The status of the equipment is Planned, by default, and may not be edited.

    • External Source: the external source for the equipment.

  5. (Optional) Click Generate Name beside the Name field to create a name for the equipment. See "Generating an Equipment Name".

    When you have configured the equipment, click Next.

  6. (Optional) Configure any extensible attributes listed. Extensible attributes exist only if they have been created as custom attributes as part of a telecom domain, or during implementation.

    See Network Intelligence Developer's Guide for further information on creating and configuring extensible attributes.

    When you have configured the extensible attributes, click Next to view the equipment.

  7. You are prompted whether you want to display the new equipment on saving it. Accept the default to display the equipment, or deselect the check box.

  8. Click Finish to save the equipment.

    The equipment is saved in the database, and is displayed in the appropriate folder in the Equipment tree browser.

Displaying Equipment Models

All modeled equipment definitions can be viewed in the equipment tree browser. Double-click the equipment to display the details view, and select the Definitions tab.

Creating an Equipment Definition

To create an equipment definition:

  1. Click the Create icon on the equipment tree browser menu.

  2. Select New Equipment Definition.

    An unpopulated equipment definition view is displayed.

  3. Complete the required fields. The Name, Technology, and Type fields are mandatory.

  4. Select the Requires Cross Connect for Traversal check box to specify that the routing manager consider the internal connectivity (cross connects within an equipment) while finding a routing path. In other words, if this check box is selected, this equipment must have cross connects to be a part of a route solution.

    See "Using the Cross Connect View" for further information.

    Clear the check box to ignore the internal connectivity while finding a routing path. In other words, if this check box is not selected, these equipment still form part of the route solution irrespective of whether they have cross connects or not.

    This option enables flexible routing where certain equipment within a route solution must always have cross connects, but others may, or may not, have cross connects present, but should still form part of a valid route solution.

    Requires Cross Connect for Traversal is only used by Trail Routing Manager when the Require Cross Connects Routing rule is enabled for the service being routed. For further information on rules and services, see "Using Services, Policies, and Rules"

    If cross connects exist at an equipment for which its equipment definition has Require Cross Connect for Traversal disabled, they are ignored by Trail Routing Manager, and are not consumed when a trail is created using Trail Configuration Wizard. For more information about Trail Configuration Wizard, see "Creating a New Trail".

    Irrespective of whether cross connects exist at an equipment for which its equipment definition has Require Cross Connect for Traversal disabled, Trail Routing Manager treats this equipment as not requiring cross connects.

    If cross connects do not exist at an equipment for which its equipment definition has Require Cross Connect for Traversal enabled, Trail Routing Manager cannot use this equipment as part of a route solution.

  5. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to create the new definition in the database. The equipment definition must not be the same as an existing definition name. A warning window is displayed if a new definition has the same name as an existing definition.

      The equipment definition tree browser is refreshed to show the new definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Adding Sub-Rack Definitions

When a new equipment definition is created, a sub-rack definition window is automatically displayed.

To create a sub-rack definition:

  1. Open the Elevation View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click the background of the equipment, in the area outside the existing sub-racks.

  3. Select Add Sub-Rack to display the Sub-Rack Definition window.

  4. Enter the number of sub-racks contained in the new equipment definition.

    When you enter the number, a list of the sub-rack name text entry fields is provided.

    These sub-racks are appended to the list of sub-racks. By default, new sub-racks are named in terms of existing sub-racks; for example, if you have two sub-racks in the definition, adding two more would give you Sub-Rack 3 Name and Sub-Rack 4 Name.

    Edit the sub-rack names as required.

  5. Click Apply to display and populate the Elevation View with the sub-racks and shelves.

  6. Close the window.

Configuring a Sub-Rack

To configure a sub-rack:

  1. Right-click the sub-rack and select from the available options:

    • Add Shelves

    • Remove Sub-Rack

  2. Select Add Shelves to open the shelf definition window, and add shelves as required.

    This window has the same behavior as that described in the sub-rack definition window. See "Adding Sub-Rack Definitions".

  3. Select Remove Sub-Rack to delete the sub-rack selected from the equipment definition.

Note:

You cannot rename a sub-rack directly. To rename a sub-rack, you must remove it, and then add a new sub-rack.

Configuring a Shelf

To configure a shelf:

  1. Right-click the shelf and select from the available options:

    • Add Slots

    • Remove Shelf

  2. Select Add Slots to display the Design Slots window, and add slots as required. See "Adding Slots to a Shelf".

  3. Select Remove Shelf to delete the shelf.

Adding Slots to a Shelf

To add slots to a shelf:

  1. Right-click the shelf and select Add Slots to display the Design Slots window.

  2. Enter the number of slots required.

    Each slot created requires a default slot card or allowed card, defined by card label, description, size, and type.

  3. To add cards to each slot, click Cards to display the Slot Card Rules window.

  4. In the Default Card section of the window, click Cards to view the list of available cards.

  5. Select a card as the default.

  6. In the Allowed Cards section of the window, click Cards to view the list of available cards.

  7. Select the allowable cards. The default card is automatically added to the list of allowable cards.

  8. Click Apply on the Slot Card Rules window to add the cards to the Design Slots window.

  9. Click Apply on the Design Slots window to display and populate the Elevation View with the new slots.

Updating the Equipment Definition

To update the definition attributes, physical dimensions, and capacities for an equipment:

  1. Click Edit to enable the equipment details to be modified.

  2. Complete the required fields. The Name, Technology, and Type fields are mandatory.

  3. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to create the new definition in the database. The equipment definition must not be the same as an existing definition name. A warning window is displayed if an updated definition has the same name as an existing definition.

      The equipment definition tree browser is refreshed to show the new definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Using the Elevation View

The Elevation View displays the current default layout of the equipment definition. See "Using the Elevation View".

Configuring Default or Allowed Cards

You can use the Elevation View for an equipment definition to change the cards in the equipment definition.

Note:

It is not possible to configure cards in the Elevation View for an equipment.

To configure the cards in an equipment definition:

  1. From the Elevation View for an equipment definition, right-click a card.

  2. Select Configure Default or Allowed Cards to display the Slot Card Rules window.

  3. In the Default Card section of the window, click Cards to view the list of available cards.

  4. Select a card as the default.

  5. In the Allowed Cards section of the window, click Cards to view the list of available cards.

  6. Select the allowable cards. The default card is automatically added to the list of allowable cards.

    (Optional) Click Remove to delete a card from the list of allowed cards.

  7. Click Apply on the Slot Card Rules window to add the cards to the Design Slots window.

  8. Click Apply on the Design Slots window to display and populate the Elevation View with the new cards.

Creating a Card Definition

To create a card definition:

  1. Click the Create icon on the equipment tree browser menu.

  2. Select New Card Definition.

    An unpopulated card definition view is displayed.

  3. Complete the required fields. The Name, Card Group, Manufacturer, Internal/External, and Port Definition fields are mandatory.

    Use the Internal/External field to determine whether the ports on a particular card can terminate a trail:

    • Select Internal to specify that the ports on this card cannot be used to terminate a trail; Trail Routing Manager cannot offer solutions which terminate on these ports.

    • Select External to specify that the ports on this card can terminate a trail; Trail Routing Manager only offers solutions which terminate on ports within an external card.

    When a route solution is being configured, only those ports on external cards are presented at the Select Start/End Terminating Ports stages.

    See "Routing Trails" for more information.

  4. Select the Ports Always Cross Connected check box to define all of the ports within the card as cross-connected.

    A network equipment may have internal connectivity, specifically cross connects, from the ingress port through internal cards, to the egress port. A cross connect is a connection between two logical or physical ports within an equipment. To say that one port is cross connected to another port means that these ports are somehow ”wired” (either physically, or by using software).

    If a card is created from a card definition on which Ports Always Cross Connected is enabled, when there is a cross connect to a port on this card, any other port on this card which is cross connected to a port outside this card is a valid path through the card.

    Although this field can be set for both internal and external cards, it is typically used for switching fabric cards, that is, internal cards where the fabric can be configured to interconnect any of its ports.

  5. Configure ports on the card definition. For each type of port on the card:

    1. In the Ports section, click Add.

      The Select Port Definition dialog box appears.

    2. In the Port Definition field, specify the port definition.

      Click the Ellipsis icon to search for a port definition.

    3. In the Quantity field, specify the number of ports on the card for the port definition.

    4. Click Apply.

  6. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to create the new definition in the database. The card definition must not be the same as an existing definition name. A warning window is displayed if a new definition has the same name as an existing definition.

      The card definition tree browser is refreshed to show the new definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Viewing a Card Definition

To view a card definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. From the views on the right, select Card Definitions List to display all card definitions.

  4. Double-click a card definition to view it.

Editing a Card Definition

To edit a card definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. From the views on the right, select Card Definitions List to display all card definitions.

  4. Double-click a card definition to view it.

  5. Click Edit to modify the definition.

  6. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to edit the definition in the database.

      The card definition tree browser is refreshed to show the revised definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Adding a Sub-Card to a Card Definition

To add a sub-card to a card definition:

  1. Open the Elevation View for a card definition.

  2. Right-click on the shelf in the Elevation View and select Add Slots.

    The Design Slots dialog box appears.

  3. In the Quantity field, specify the number of additional slots on the shelf.

    The Slot Definition section displays a row for each slot you specified.

  4. For each slot:

    1. Click the Cards button.

      The Slot Card Rules dialog box appears.

    2. To specify a default card, click Cards in the Default Card section and select a card from the Card Definitions list.

    3. To specify allowed cards, click Cards in the Allowed Cards section and select a card from the Card Definition list.

  5. Click Apply.

    The additional slots are added to the card definition in the Elevation View.

Deleting a Card Definition

To delete a card definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. From the views on the right, select Card Definitions List to display all card definitions.

  4. Double-click a card definition to view it.

  5. Click Delete to delete the definition. Confirm the deletion.

Creating a Port Definition

To create a port definition:

  1. Click the Create icon on the equipment tree browser menu.

  2. Select New Port Definition.

    An unpopulated port definition view is displayed.

  3. Complete the required fields. The Name, Capacity, and Interface fields are mandatory.

  4. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to create the new definition in the database. The port definition must not be the same as an existing definition name. A warning window is displayed if a new definition has the same name as an existing definition.

      The port definition tree browser is refreshed to show the new definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Viewing a Port Definition

To view a port definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. Click the Details tab to display the port definition.

Editing a Port Definition

To edit a port definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. Click the Details tab to display the port definition.

  4. Click Edit to configure the definition.

  5. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Save to edit the definition in the database.

      The card definition tree browser is refreshed to show the revised definition in the definition list.

    • Click Cancel to close the panel without making any modifications.

Deleting a Port Definition

A port definition being used by a card definition cannot be deleted. If you attempt to delete a port definition that is being used in this way, an error message is displayed.

To delete a port definition:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port to display the port object.

  3. Click the Details tab to display the port definition.

  4. Click Delete to delete the definition. Confirm the deletion.

Working with Equipment Views

The equipment object offers the following views:

  • Equipment Details View

  • Elevation View

  • Hierarchy View

  • Logical View

  • Utilization View

  • External Links View

  • Internal Links View

  • Cross Connect View

  • Port Availability View

  • Port Trail Routing View

  • Terminating Child Trails View

  • All Child Trails View

  • Customer Trails View

Working with Equipment Views in Monitoring Report Manager

The equipment object also offers some reports available in Monitor Report Manager.

Select Equipment on the menu bar to view the following reports:

  • Platform Port Utilization Report

  • Card In Slot Audit Report

  • Filtered Platform Port Utilization Report

  • Filtered Equipment Port Utilization Report

  • Equipment Count Report

  • Equipment Port Utilization Report

  • Spare Card Report

  • Equipment Card Utilization Report

See Table 17-1, "Monitor Reports" for further information about these reports.

Using the Equipment Details View

The details view is available when you double-click any equipment in the Equipment tree browser, and displays all information relating to the equipment:

  • Site: The name of the site that contains the equipment.

  • Name: The name of the equipment. See "Generating an Equipment Name" to create a name for the equipment.

  • Technology: The equipment platform; for example: IP, Wireless, SDH.

  • Type: The equipment type; for example: ATM Type, Frame Type.

  • Definition: The equipment definition; for example: 10G ADM, 1664 SM, Access Node, Aggregation Node, Core Node.

  • Customer: The customer for the equipment.

  • Supplier: The hardware supplier; for example: Alcatel, Ericsson.

  • Network: The network to which the equipment belongs.

  • External Source: The source of the equipment, for example, Company A.

  • Status: The status of the equipment. The status is Planned by default, but may be changed to another status; for example: Planned Cease, Reserved in Service, Reserved Reprovide, Testing, and so on.

  • In Service Date: The date on which the equipment came into service.

  • Out Service Date: The date on which the equipment reaches exhaustion.

Editing an Equipment

To edit the equipment:

  1. Click Edit to modify the equipment details in the details view.

  2. Modify the details, as outlined in "Using the Equipment Details View".

  3. Click Save.

Deleting an Equipment

To delete an equipment:

  1. Click Delete in the details view.

  2. Confirm the deletion.

The equipment is no longer displayed in the GUI.

Note:

Equipment can be deleted only if they do not reference any trail, topology, or network objects. To delete an equipment with references you must first delete the references to that equipment object.

Generating an Equipment Name

On an equipment details view, you can automatically generate a name for the equipment as follows:

  1. Click Edit to enable configuration of the equipment.

  2. Click Generate Name beside the Name field to create a name for the equipment.

    The default equipment name is created by concatenating the site name and the next node number for the site in the following format: EQUIPMENT_NAMENEXT_NODE_NO. For example, consider a node in a site called San Francisco. The San Francisco site has 10 equipment in it, therefore the default new equipment name generated is SanFrancisco11.

    If you modify any of the elements that comprise the equipment name; for example, you change the site, click Generate Name again to update the name to include the new element.

    You can update the database function create_equipment_name to change the implementation of equipment naming in Network Intelligence.

    See Network Intelligence Developer's Guide for further information on configuring database functions.

    When you have configured the equipment, click Next to view the equipment.

  3. You are prompted whether you want to display the new equipment on saving it. Accept the default to display the equipment, or deselect the check box.

  4. Click Finish to save the equipment. The equipment is saved in the database, and is displayed in the appropriate folder in the Equipment tree browser.

Using the Elevation View

The Elevation View displays the physical layout of the equipment in terms of sub-rack, shelf, slot, card and sub-card entities. This view is normally modeled according to the equipment vendor's specifications.

Figure 6-1 shows part of the elevation view for an equipment called ADL03. It depicts several slots on a shelf within the sub-rack:

  • Slots 2 to 5 contain cards all of the same type ”ALC 2M1.”

  • The card label on the left in green comes from the Card Definition name and can be edited in the Equipment Definition tree browser by selecting the relevant card definition.

  • The card label on the right in blue is the actual card instance label, which can be edited by double-clicking the card. Card operations are described in detail later in this section.

  • Slot 6 is empty and does not currently contain a card.

  • The numbers at the base of each card refer to the total number of ports. For example, on the card in slot 2, the number of ports available is 21 (in red) and the number of ports free is 21 (in green). Therefore the card in slot 2 does not carry any traffic trails.

  • The card in slot 18 has a small icon showing a stack of three rectangles in the bottom-left corner. This icon indicates that the card in slot 18 has sub-cards.

Figure 6-1 Equipment Elevation View

Description of Figure 6-1 follows
Description of "Figure 6-1 Equipment Elevation View"

Displaying a Card View

Double-click any card to display a card view. The card view provides information about the card, its parent equipment, its slot position, the date on which it was created, and its capacity and status.

To list the selected card's access ports and the traffic carried by the card, from the Reports pane, click Ports.

The ports are defined in terms of:

  • Status: the status of the port; that is, whether the port is free or not.

  • Port Number: the number of the port

  • Port Name: the name of the port

  • Port Type: the type of the port; this may be undefined

  • Capacity: the capacity of the port

  • Circuit trail: the name of the first circuit trail serving the port, if present

  • Bearer Trail: the name of the bearer trail serving the port, if present

  • Service(s): the services being carried on the trail, if any

  • Customer(s): the customers using the services, if any.

Accessing Circuit Trails or Bearer Trails from the Ports View

Select the Ports view, as outlined in "Displaying a Card View".

Double-click any row in the table to display the trail detail:

  • If the port contains neither a circuit trail, nor a bearer trail, then a message is displayed: ”No Related Circuit for this Port”.

  • If the port contains a circuit trail, but does not contain a bearer trail, then the detail for the circuit trail is shown.

  • If the port does not contain a circuit trail, but contains a bearer trail, then the detail for the bearer trail is shown.

  • If both trails - circuit trail and bearer trail - are present for the port, double-click the port to display the circuit trail detail.

Changing a Card Name

To modify the name of a card:

  1. Click Edit on the Card Details view.

  2. Edit the card name.

  3. Click Save.

    The new card name is displayed in any relevant view; for example: in the Elevation View of the equipment on which the card is contained. The revised card name is also shown on the tab in the GUI.

Adding a Planned Card Object

To add a planned card object:

  1. Right-click any empty slot object.

  2. Click Add Card.

  3. Select one of the available cards and click Add.

    The card is displayed in the slot.

Deleting a Card

To delete a card from a slot:

  1. Right-click any slot object containing a card.

  2. Click Remove Card.

    The card is no longer displayed in the slot.

Using the Hierarchy View

The hierarchy view displays the equipment entities as a hierarchical view of parents and children, from left to right.

Viewing Card and Trail Details

You can drill down to an individual card or trail by double-clicking the object in the Hierarchy View. For example, if you double-click the trail ADL1-KNL01/2Mb/001 in Figure 6-2, "Equipment Logical View", the object view for the child object is displayed if applicable; for example: a trail on a port.

Displaying a Card View

Double-click any card to display a card view. The card view provides information about the card, its parent equipment, its slot position, the date on which it was created, and its capacity and status.

To list the card's access ports, and the traffic carried by the card, click Reports - Ports.

Adding a Planned Card Object

To add a planned card object:

  1. Right-click any empty slot object.

  2. Click Add Card.

  3. Select one of the available cards and click Add.

    The card is displayed in the slot.

Adding a Port to an Equipment

To add a port to an equipment:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any equipment in the view. An equipment is denoted by the following icon:

    Equipment icon
  3. Select Add to display the Add Ports to Equipment window.

  4. Click Select Port Definition, and from the resulting dialog box, choose the required ports, based on Name, Capacity and Manufacturer.

  5. Enter the number of ports in the Quantity field.

  6. In the Start Number field, enter the initial port number.

  7. Click Apply to populate the Hierarchy View with the ports. A port is denoted by the following icon: Port icon

  8. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Adding a Card to a Slot

To add a card to a slot:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any slot in the view. A slot is denoted by the following icon:

    Slot icon
  3. Select Add to display the Cards window.

  4. Select from the available card definitions.

    Edit the card name, as required.

  5. Click Add to populate the Hierarchy View with the new card. A card is denoted by the following icon: Card icon

  6. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Cutting and Pasting a Card to a Slot

To cut and paste a card to a slot:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any card in the view.

  3. Select Cut. The color of the card, and of all of its siblings, changes to orange until the next action is carried out.

  4. Click Paste to add the card to an available slot, and to populate the Hierarchy View with the new card.

  5. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Deleting a Card

To delete a card:

Only cards that do not have ports in use may be deleted.

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any card in the view.

  3. Click Delete. The card is denoted by the following icon: Deleted card icon

  4. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

    Note:

    All deleted objects are displayed on a black background.

Deleting a Port from an Equipment

Only ports on an equipment may be deleted. Ports on a card may not be deleted, although the parent card may be deleted if the card does not have ports in use.

To delete a port from an equipment:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any port that has been added directly to an equipment in the view.

  3. Click Delete. The port is denoted by the following icon: Deleted object icon

  4. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

    Note:

    All deleted objects are displayed on a black background.

Removing a Trail from a Port

To remove a trail from a port:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click the trail to remove from a port.

  3. Select Cut.

    After a few seconds the trail object color changes to orange, and the object icon changes to the cut icon (scissors).

  4. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Moving a Trail from One Port to Another Port

To move a trail from one port to another port:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click the trail to move from a port.

  3. Select Cut.

    After a few seconds the trail object changes to orange, and the object icon changes to the cut icon (scissors).

  4. Right-click the port object to move the trail to.

  5. Select Paste.

    After a few seconds the trail object is displayed on the new port.

  6. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Note:

If both termination ports of a trail are on the same equipment, it is displayed on both of these ports.

Moving a Trail with Child Trails to a Port

To move a trail with child trails to a port:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click the trail in the view.

  3. Select Cut.

    The color of the trail, and of all its child trails onthe same port, changes until the next action is completed.

  4. Click Paste to add the trail and all its child trails to another port.

  5. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Moving a Trail to an Equipment

To move a trail to an equipment:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click a trail in the view.

  3. Select Cut.

    The color of the trail, and the color of all of its child trails on the same port, change until the next action is completed.

  4. Right-click the Equipment icon in the Hierarchy View.

  5. Click Paste to add the trail and all its child trails to the equipment.

  6. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Creating a Logical Port Template

You can use one, or more, templates to create logical ports associated with a particular port definition.

Note:

If no logical port templates exist for the chosen port, only the Create New Logical Port option is enabled in the wizard.

A tool tip is displayed on the disabled Create Logical Ports From Template option, stating that no logical port templates are available for the selected physical port.

To create a logical port template to use to generate logical ports to add to a physical port:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the Definitions tab, and from the ports folder, double-click the required port definition to display the port object.

  3. From the views on the right, select Logical Port Templates View.

  4. Click Add to display the Logical Port Template Details dialog box.

  5. Complete the details of the logical port template:

    • Select the name of the logical port template.

    • Enter the number of ports.

    • (Optional) Add a prefix to all of the ports in the Stub Label field.

    • Select the capacity to apply to the ports.

    • (Optional) Edit the names of the ports in the Label fields.

  6. Click Save to display the logical port template in the Logical Port Templates View.

    This logical port template can now be used when creating adding logical ports to a a physical port through the Network Intelligence user interface. See "Adding Logical Ports to a Physical Port".

  7. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Adding Logical Ports to a Physical Port

You can add a logical port to a physical port. You can use one, or more, templates to create logical ports associated with a particular port definition.

To create a logical port template, see "Creating a Logical Port Template".

Note:

If no logical port templates exist for the chosen port, only the Create New Logical Port option is enabled in the wizard.

A tool tip is displayed on the disabled Create Logical Ports From Template option, stating that no logical port templates are available for the selected physical port.

To add logical ports to a physical port:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Navigate to the physical port to which you want to add a logical port. A port is denoted by the following icon: Port icon

  3. Right-click the port, and select Add to display the Logical Port Creation wizard.

  4. Select one of the following:

    • Create New Logical Port

    • Create Logical Ports using a Template. This option is enabled only if a template exists for the port definition associated with this port.

  5. (Optional) To create a new logical port, enter the name, capacity, and sequence number of the port, and click Next.

    Click Finish to display the modeled logical port in the hierarchy view.

  6. (Optional) To create logical ports using a template, select the logical port template based on the port definition, and click Next.

    Click Finish to display the modeled logical ports in the hierarchy view. The ports are numbered sequentially.

  7. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

Deleting a Logical Port from a Physical Port

Only a logical port that does not have any trails on it may be deleted, although the parent card may be deleted if the card does not have ports in use.

To delete a logical port from a physical port:

  1. Open the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click any logical port that has been added directly to a physical port in the view.

  3. Click Delete.

  4. To commit the changes to the database, see "Saving Configuration Results".

    Note:

    All deleted objects are displayed on a black background.

Saving Configuration Results

To save the configuration results:

  1. Perform an action on any of the elements in the Hierarchy View for the equipment.

  2. Right-click anywhere in the background of the Hierarchy View, and select Save Configuration Changes.

    A table outlining user actions, defined in terms of the parent and child element names and specific operations and results, is displayed.

  3. Click OK to commit the changes to the database. Any changes made to the equipment, such as the addition of new cards, are now visible on other views, such as the Elevation View for the equipment.

Logical View

The logical view displays the equipment layout in terms of its external (leaving the equipment site) and internal (connecting this equipment to anther equipment in the same site) physical link connections. Figure 6-2 shows the logical view for an equipment.

Figure 6-2 Equipment Logical View

Shows a logical view of an equipment.

In Figure 6-2, the left-hand side of the logical view depicts the inbound port connections to this equipment from other equipment in different network sites. Also shown are the termination ports on the local equipment.

The outbound port connections (not shown) are on the right-hand side of the equipment node, and depict the internal physical link connections from this equipment to other equipment in the same network site.

The link channels are shown as lines emanating from the rectangle of the node:

  • Empty link channels are colored gray

  • Link channels that are occupied are colored blue

Viewing a Trail

Double-click any trail to see a full trail view. See "Working with Trail Views". The label displays the trail payload percentage utilization and the channel availability remaining on the payload.

Viewing the Originating or Terminating Node

The box symbol at the trail end denotes the node that the trail is originating or terminating on. If there is only one box, then the trail is originating/terminating at the node in view. Double-click any node box to display the node's equipment view.

Figure 6-3 shows the box symbol denoting the node to the left of the trail; the child trail is depicted with its channel utilization percentage of 3.17:

Figure 6-3 Viewing the Originating Node

Viewing the Originating Node

Using the Utilization View

The Utilization View displays all utilization views for the equipment. The Utilization View displays average utilization views for the equipment in terms of:

  • Aggregate link channel utilization

  • Aggregate path channel utilization

  • Equipment access slot utilization

  • Equipment access port utilization

Double-click any row in the view to drill down to the details view (either trail or equipment) for that entity.

Using the External Links View

The External Links View displays a graphical view of all of the link trails from the equipment to external equipment in the network.

This view has the same behavior as that described in the inter site trail mesh report. See "Running the Inter Site Trail Mesh Report".

Using the Internal Links View

The Internal Links View displays a graphical view of all of the trail links from the equipment to other internal equipment within the same site.

This view has the same behavior as that described in "Running the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report".

Using the Cross Connect View

The Cross Connect View displays details about all cross connects in an equipment, that is, all connections between two logical, or two physical, ports within an equipment.

Each cross connect is defined by values such as the site in which the equipment resides, originating and terminating cards, originating and terminating physical ports, protection status, originating and terminating logical ports (if they exist), and by cross connect utilization percentage, capacity, and status. The Cross Connect View also lists the capacity enabled for the cross connect, and the number of free and used ports.

Cross connects can originate or terminate a protection trail. Cross connects can have one of the following protection statuses:

  • Protected: the cross connect is on the working path and originates or terminates a protection trail. It is protected by the protection cross connect on the protection trail.

  • Protection: the cross connection is on the protection trail, protecting the protected cross connect on the working trail.

  • Unprotected: the cross connect is not protected.

You can right-click a protected cross-connect and select View Protection to see the cross connect for the protection trail.

Details about the originating cards and ports, that is, A Card, A Physical Port, and so on, are presented together, as are the corresponding data about terminating entities such as Z Card, Z Logical Port, and so on.

Note:

You cannot create, edit, or delete cross connects using Network Intelligence.

Using the Port Availability View

The Port Availability View displays a list view of the current status and availability of all ports on the equipment. This view can be filtered by port capacity and port status.

The ports are defined in terms of:

  • Location: the site location of the equipment.

  • Equipment: the equipment to which the port availability applies.

  • Resource Topology: the resource topology to which the equipment belongs; for example: national, south-east, central.

  • Platform: the platform type; for example: Carrier Ethernet, SDH.

  • Type: the equipment type; for example: SDH Type.

  • Definition: the equipment definition: for example: 10G ADM.

  • Card Type: the card type; for example: AXD S 16.S1, AXD S64.2.

  • Port Definition: the port definition: for example: SRTM-16, STM-64.

  • Total: the total number of ports on the equipment.

  • In Service: the number of ports on the equipment that are in use.

  • Planned: the number of ports on the equipment that have a status of planned.

  • Free: the number of ports on the equipment that are available for use.

Using the Port Trail Routing View

The Port Trail Routing View presents a list view of the complete network traversal of every presented trail on the equipment's ports. The traversal information includes all logical network routing information (trail names) and all physical network routing information (link trails and traversed equipment names, slots, and port numbers).

The logical and physical routing information is also presented for the trail's protection path, if available, or modeled. This information includes:

  • Main path trail equipment

  • Standby path trail equipment

  • Main path trail routing

  • Standby path trail routing.

Working with Trail Views

The trail views for the equipment are made up of the following views:

  • Terminating Child Trails View

  • All Child Trails View

These views are common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence, and are described in "Using Object Type Trail Views".

If you use the Child Trails view to search for circuits, the search returns not only direct children of the circuit, but if the selected circuit is a protecting circuit, then the view shows children of the protected circuit as well.

Creating a Customer Trails View

The Customer Trails View displays all customer traffic carried by the node.

To create a customer trails view:

  1. Open the filter.

  2. Select the desired trail levels for:

    • Trail type

    • Trail capacity

    • Service

    • Date range

  3. Click Apply.

    If no filter options are selected, then the filter returns a list of all trails that have an association with this equipment.

Working with Equipment Group Views

Equipment group views are views about all entities of the equipment type in the network. Equipment group views are available only when the equipment object is selected in the tree browser.

Display equipment group views by:

  • Clicking the object group views icon, or

  • Selecting Equipment on the menu bar

See "Displaying Object Group Views" for further information about the properties of group views.

The equipment group views are:

  • Port Availability View

  • Inter Equipment Trail Geographic Report

  • Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report

  • Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh View

  • Cross Connect View

Using the Port Availability (Group) View

Use the Port Availability View to view the current status and availability of all ports on all equipment in the network. You can filter the view by equipment type, equipment platform, and port definition.

See "Using the Port Availability View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about the fields used to define ports in the table.

Using the Inter Equipment Trail Geographic (Group) Report

Use this view to select equipment objects and combine them with filter criteria to specify a set of network links. Each node on the map represents an equipment object and each link in the map represents a collection of links between two equipment objects.

See "Inter Equipment Trail Geographic Reports", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report type.

Using the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh (Group) Report

Use this view to display the links for a chosen capacity between selected network equipment. Search for inter equipment mesh views using trail filters.

See "Running the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report.

Using the Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh (Group) View

Use this view to select equipment pairs in the network, rather than single equipment. The behavior of this view is similar to the "Using the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh (Group) Report".

See "Running the Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report.

Using the Cross Connect Report (Group) View

Use this view to display details about cross connects, that is, connections between two logical, or physical, ports within the equipment in the network. If you run this report with using filter options, it may take some time to complete.

Note:

The view does not reflect the current capacity utilization, number of available ports, and so on until the view is refreshed.

See "Using the Cross Connect View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this view.

Deleting an Equipment

You can delete an equipment using the equipment configuration wizard:

  1. Open the Equipment tree browser.

  2. From the list of equipment, select the equipment for deletion.

  3. From the equipment details view, click Delete.

  4. Confirm the equipment deletion.

    Note:

    Deletion of the equipment from the Network Intelligence database is permanent, and the data is not recoverable. Equipment cannot be deleted if they are referenced in other objects. Object types that can reference an equipment are networks, topologies, and trails. Remove all references to the equipment in such a case before actually deleting the equipment itself.