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Using the Topology Screen

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Overview of the Topology Screen

The Topology screen shows a high-level view of the sites for the account, and the users that are currently connected to the Cato Cloud. It also contains options to let you easily control commonly used settings and shows some real-time analytics and data.

You can use the Remote Socket WebUI feature for centralized access to the Socket WebUI for a specific site. For more information see, Using the Socket WebUI.

Using the Topology Screen

The Topology screen provides several shortcuts for users and sites that take you directly to the Network Analytics screen for specific sites or users, or the entire account.

The following screenshot shows the sections of the Topology screen.

Topology_Callouts.png

Item

Description

1

Overall topology of the account for sites and active users:

  • The site icon is according to the Type setting (in the General section for the site). Types include Branch, Headquarters, Cloud Data Center, and Data Center.

  • The user icon is according to the Client OS

    The Topology screen doesn't show individual users that are connected to the network with office mode.

2

When you click on an icon for a site, a pop-up window shows the following information:

  • Device Overview - expand this section to see the Socket version, PoP location and the amount of time this site is connected to the current PoP. You can also see the following data:

    • Name of the Interface in the Site Settings > Socket screen

    • Remote IP address for this interface

    • PoP that this interface is currently connected to

    • Connected shows the amount of time that the interface is continuously connected to this PoP and the reason for the most recent re-connection

    • RTT (Round-Trip Time) from the site to the PoP

  • Link State - expand this section to see the following data for each interface on the Socket:

    • Link shows the interface number on the Socket

    • Status shows if the interface is enabled (Yes) or disabled (No)

    • Media Connected shows if the cable is connected to the Socket interface

    • Link Speed shows the message ETH_LINK_SPEED_AUTONEG

    • Duplex shows the duplex mode for the link

  • Recent Connections - expand this section to see data about the most recent connections between this site and a PoP in the Cato Cloud

Click on the Connect to Socket Remote UI icon SocketWebUI.png to open a new browser tab and log in to the Socket WebUI.

3

When you click on an icon for an SDP user, a pop-up window shows the following information:

  • Details about the SDP user:

    • Username (email address)

    • Device name

    • PoP data: PoP location and the amount of time this user is connected to the current PoP

  • OS and version of the Client device

  • Client version

  • Remote IP address (public) that the Client is using to connect to the PoP

  • Internal IP address of the Client

  • Recent Connections - expand this section to see data about the most recent VPN connections for this user

4

Use the buttons in the zoom control section to control how the topology map is shown in the screen:

  • ZoomIn.png Zoom-in

  • ZoomOut.png Zoom out

  • Recenter.png Center the Topology screen and reset to the default zoom

  • expandAll.png Expand all site, PoP, and SDP user nodes

  • collapseAll.png Collapse all site, PoP, and SDP user nodes

5

The quick filter section for the Topology screen lets you show only the following items:

  • Sites - All the sites that are configured for your account

  • Connected - All the sites that actively connected to a PoP in the Cato Cloud

  • Disconnected - Sites that are NOT connected to the Cato Cloud

  • Disabled - Sites that are disabled in the Cato Management Application

  • Connected Users - SDP and LAN users that are actively connected to the Cato Cloud

6

Search - enter the search string (even a partial name for a site or SDP user) and the Topology screen automatically updates to only show items that match the search

7

Shows the refresh status of the data in the Topology screen

  • Last updated - Shows how many seconds since the Topology screen was refreshed. The Topology screen automatically refreshes every 30 seconds.

  • Auto-Refresh Paused - When you use the mouse to change the Topology screen, it stops automatically refreshing the data. Click Resume to refresh the screen to the default view, and update the data.

8

Filter & Group - Click this button to open the Filter & Group panel for granular control about how the items in the Topology screen are displayed. See below, Using the Filter & Group Panel.

Using the Filter & Group Panel

The Filter & Group panel lets you easily control how the sites and SDP users are displayed in the Topology screen. The Show section manages which sites and SDP users currently appear in the screen. The Group section lets you manage which nodes are used to display the sites and SDP users. Each node aggregates the relevant sites and SDP users around them. The following example shows sites according to the provider (ISP):

Topology_Group.png

Explanation of the Filter & Groups Options

These are the display options in the Filter & Group panel:

  • Show > Sites - Displays all the sites in the account. Use the following options to select which sites are displayed or hidden in the Topology screen:

    • Connected - Sites that are currently connected to the Cato Cloud

    • Disconnected - Sites that are NOT connected to the Cato Cloud

    • Disabled - Sites that are currently disabled (manually or due to an expired license)

    • Locked - Sites that are currently locked (due to an expired license)

  • Show > SDP Users - Shows or hides all the SDP users that are currently connected to your account.

  • Group drop-down menu - Select a preconfigured option for how the sites and SDP users are grouped around nodes in the Topology screen:

    • Default - default Topology view (according to the number of connected sites and users in your account)

    • None - No nodes are used, all sites and SDP users are grouped around the Cato Cloud

    • Full Topology - The following nodes are used: PoP location > Sites, Users > Country, operating system (OS), and ISP

    • Customized Grouping - see below

  • Customized Grouping > Sites or Users - Select one or more of the following options to control which nodes are used to group the sites and SDP users:

    • PoP - Grouped according to geographical PoP location

    • Sites - All sites are grouped around a single Sites node (only for sites)

    • Users - All SDP users are grouped around a single Users node (only for users)

    • Country - All sites and VPN users are grouped around nodes for the country that is defined for sites (in the Cato Management Application)

    • Provider - All sites and SDP users are grouped around nodes for each local Internet Service Provider (ISP)

    • Operating System - All SDP users are grouped around nodes for each device operating system (only for users)

Customized Grouping - Changing the Node Hierarchy

The order of the Group options defines the hierarchy of the nodes in the Topology screen. The option that is at the top of the list is the node that is closest to the Cato Cloud. You can drag and drop the options to change the hierarchy of the Customized Grouping settings.

The following example shows changing the Sites hierarchy, so that the Provider nodes are closest to the Cato Cloud, and then the PoP nodes are after the Provider nodes.

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