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Using the Topology Screen (EA - Site Preview)

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This article explains how to use the Topology screen to get an overview of the sites in your account and SDP users connected to the network.

Note

Note: This is an Early Availability (EA) feature that is only available for limited release. For more information, contact your Cato Networks representative or send an email to ea@catonetworks.com.

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 panel shows information about the site, see below Understanding the Site Information Panel.

3

When you click on an icon for an SDP user, a panel opens and shows the following information:

  • configuration_blue.png - Configure. Drop-down menu with shortcut to Site Configuration screens for this site.

  • monitoring_blue.png - Monitor. Drop-down menu with shortcut to Site Monitoring screens for this site.

  • User Device

    • Connectivity Status - If the SDP user is Connected or Disconnected to the Cato Cloud.

      Shows the amount of time since the Client connected to the PoP.

    • Connected Device - Name of the device.

    • OS - OS version of the device.

    • Cato Client - Version of the Client.

  • Current Connection

    • ISP - Name of the ISP the Client is using.

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

    • Internal IP address of the Client.

    • PoP - PoP in the Cato Cloud that the Client is connected to.

  • Recent Connections - Data about the most recent tunnels to connect this user to the PoP

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.

Understanding the Site Information Panel

When you click on a site in the Topology screen, a panel opens and shows details about the site.

SitePreview.png
  • configuration_blue.png - Configure. Drop-down menu with shortcut to Site Configuration screens for this site.

  • monitoring_blue.png - Monitor. Drop-down menu with shortcut to Site Monitoring screens for this site.

  • Site Type - Site connects to the Cato Cloud using a Socket, IPsec, vSocket, and so on.

  • Country - Setting where the site is physically located (or licensed).

  • Connected PoP - PoP in the Cato Cloud that the site is connected to.

  • Site Overview

    • Site Status - If the site is Connected or Disconnected to the Cato Cloud.

    • Last Connected - The time stamp when the site connected to the PoP .

    • HA Status - For Socket HA configurations, shows Ready or Not-Ready. Use the tooltip to show the details of the HA status.

  • Site Sockets (for Socket and vSocket site types).

    • Primary and Secondary - Links for the primary and secondary (for HA) Sockets.

      The warning icon warning.png for the Secondary Socket indicates that one of the ports isn't connected.

      Click a link to show the following details for the link:

    • Socket Ver - Cato firmware version installed on the Socket

    • Socket WebUI - Click to open a new browser tab and log in to the Socket WebUI.

    • Destination - Cato, LAN, Alt-WAN, and so on.

    • ISP - Name of the ISP the link is using.

    • ISP IP - IP address the ISP allocates to the link.

    • Bandwidth - Configured upstream and downstream bandwidth for the link.

    • Connectivity Status - If the link is Connected or Disconnected to the Cato Cloud.

    • Physical Status - If the network cable is Connected or Disconnected to the port.

    • Distance (ms) - Round trip time between the site and the PoP

    • Recent Connections - Click View Log to open the Recent Connections data in a pop-up window

  • IPsec Details (for IPsec IKEv1 and IKEv2 sites)

    • PoP - PoP in the Cato Cloud that the site is connected to

    • Site IP - Public IP address of the site

    • ISP - Name of the ISP for the active link

    • Distance (ms) - Round trip time between the site and the PoP

    • Recent Connections - Click View Log to open the Recent Connections data in a pop-up window

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 SDP 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.

Topology_CustomizedGrouping.png

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