Context Pages

Context pages provide focused performance and status data that is scoped to a specific item, such as a single router or server.
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You can often access more information about individual managed items from dashboards. Most dashboards are composed of views of summary data, such as hourly rollups or averages from a group of items. When additional data is available from the data source and you have the Drill into Views role right, you can drill down into the context pages. Context pages provide focused performance and status data that is scoped to a specific item, such as a single router or server.
In this article:
Extended Flow Views
You can drill down
DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
data for an interface within
NetOps Portal
without having to navigate to
DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
. The interface context page supports the following views:
  • IP Performance
    Provides a broad summary of information for the selected interface extracted from the flow data such as Top N Protocols, Top N Hosts, Top N Conversations and Top N ToS values. The interface also provides the interface utilization and discards details for the same interface provided through the data aggregator.
    To navigate to the context page of the protocol or host, you can select the required protocol or host from any of the views.
    If the data source is
    DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
    10.x and higher, the links in the charts and tables in the IP Performance page open the corresponding network flow pages within
    DX NetOps Performance Management
    . If the data source is
    DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
    9.x and earlier, the links open the corresponding pages in the
    DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
    console.
  • For
    DX NetOps Network Flow Analysis
    10.x and higher data sources, the following interface pages are available:
    • Network Flow Protocol
      Provides trends and next level drill downs (hosts and conversations) for the selected Protocol in the table. Host and conversation trend tables provide utilization information in the context of the selected Protocol.
    • Network Flow Host
      Provides host trends and protocol stacked trends for the selected Host in the table.
    • Network Flow Conversation
      Provides host trends and protocol stacked trends for the selected Conversation in the table.
    • Network Flow ToS
      Provides trends and next level drill downs (hosts and conversations) for the selected Type of Service(ToS) in the table. Host and conversation trend tables provide utilization information in the context of the selected ToS.
For all context pages, selecting a row in the top table view sets the corresponding context for the other views in the page. You can change the measurement (Rate/Bytes/Utilization) and direction (In/Out) in the settings for each of the views.
You can send or schedule these views in a report by email. By default, the first row is selected in the Top table and the data for the following views are of the first-row selection.
For more information, see Share Data with Other Users.
Filter Data from a Narrow Context
The views on context pages show filtered data from a narrow context, such as a view of data from a single managed item. Determine the source of a performance problem by drilling down into specific data using the links.
In some table views, right-click the name of an item (the link). For example, right-click the link that corresponds to an item name in the
Inventory
section. In the resulting menu, select a related context page, containing more granular data.
Pick a Context
You can pick a context using the context picker that is available next to the name of the managed item. Context pickers are also available for the children of the managed item.
To pick a different context, click
Change
, select the context, and then click
OK
.
Reachability Status
Some context pages, such as routers and servers, include the reachability status of the device. The reachability status indicates whether
DX NetOps Performance Management
is able to reach the device during the selected time range of the context page.
For more information, see Reachability Status and Contact Status.
Manage the Tabs on a Context Page
Prerequisite:
You are an Administrator or Designer or you have the Edit Context Pages and Drill into Views role rights.
Unlike standard dashboard pages, item context pages are clustered in sets of tabbed pages. Editing a context page entails managing (adding or editing) these tabs. You can edit the predefined tabs and can change the views that are displayed on those tabs. You can add tabbed pages. You can also rearrange the tabs in an item context to change their order.
Based on the device service information, the data aggregator automatically classifies manageable devices as Router, Switch, and Server primary device types. Also, where applicable, managed devices are associated with context types (Firewall, Load Balancer, Wireless Controller, and Wireless Access Point). The associated context types, including primary device types, appear listed in a column within device inventory tables.
When you add or edit tabs for a device context page, you can associate them with a primary device type or context type. Tabs that are associated with a primary device type or context type appear on the device context pages that are associated with the specified types.
Examples:
  • If you add or edit a tab and associate it with the server type, it appears for all server types.
  • If you add or edit a tab for a server type and associate it with firewall, it appears only for all server, firewall types.
  • If you add or edit a tab for a router type and associate it with wireless access point, it appears only for all router, wireless access point types.
  • If you add or edit a tab for a server type and associate it with wireless controller, it appears only for all server, wireless controller types.
Associating a tab with a primary device type or context type impacts all manageable devices that are associated with the primary device type and context type. For change control, minimize edits to the tab after you associate it with a primary device or context type.
Revert changes to all tabs in the current context by selecting
Restore Tabs to Defaults
from the
Edit Tab
menu.
Modifications apply to the current tenant.
Follow these steps:
  1. Navigate to the item context whose page you want to edit. For example, click the link for a router on a dashboard to open the Router context pages.
    The tab that is selected includes an
    Edit
    icon so that you can access the
    Edit
    menu.
  2. Select the tab that you want to modify.
    The
    Edit
    icon appears.
  3. Click the
    Edit
    icon, and then select
    Add Tab
    or
    Edit Tab
    .
  4. (Optional) Select one of the default tab templates from
    Default Tab Templates
    menu. Each template populates the page with the default views for that type of page.
  5. Change the tab title. A title is required.
    The tab title determines the name that appears at the top of the tabbed context page.
  6. (Optional) To associate the tab with a primary device type or context type, select a context page type from the
    Context Types
    menu.
  7. Select a layout template for the page from the layout buttons in the
    Layout
    section.
  8. Remove unwanted views from the page if desired. In the
    Layout
    pane, click one of the following:
    • Clear Layout:
      Changes the positioning of all views on the page.
    • [X]:
      Removes an individual view from the page.
  9. The views that you can add to the page are shown in categorized lists. The lists are filtered by the selected group or item context.
    All registered data sources are represented. However, the available views are limited to those views that are applicable to the context.
    The item context for the page is preselected for the present context.
  10. Click to expand the categories of views.
  11. Select a view, drag it to the Layout pane, and drop it where you want it to appear.
  12. Click
    Save
    .
    The context page refreshes to reflect your changes. The changes persist across login sessions, but they are only applied to the current tenant.
Edit Item Properties
You can edit the item properties (fields) that are listed for an item in the
Information
section of the
Details
tabs in a context page.
Prerequisite:
You have the following role rights:
  • Modify Device Alias
  • Modify Interface Alias
  • Modify Device IP Address
  • Modify Interface Speed Overrides
Follow these steps:
  1. Select the
    Details
    tab if it is not already selected.
  2. Click the
    Edit
    icon in the
    Information
    section.
    The
    Edit Properties
    dialog opens.
  3. Edit the available details as desired.
    If
    Alias
    ,
    Speed In (bps)
    , or
    Speed Out (bps)
    are not set, they appear blank.
    If you edit an interface that does not exist in the data aggregator, the following fields are unavailable:
    • Speed In (bps)
    • Speed Out (bps)
  4. Click
    Save
    .
If you cleared
Speed In (bps)
or
Speed Out (bps)
, the change takes a few minutes to appear.
Apply a Business Hours Filter to a Context Page
To show data in a context page for particular business hours, you can apply a business hours filter to it. This sets the reporting profile that persists during your user session. The filter filters the data that appears in the views on the context page. You cannot modify the business hours within a view’s configuration.
You can also set the reporting profile that persists during your user session by selecting a site group that is associated with a business hours definition in context.
When navigating to a dashboard page from a context page, the applied business hours on context pages (session business hours filter) supersede the page context for the site group if the site group is associated with a business hour filter.
Applied business hours filters to context pages remain applied when switching between context pages, navigating between dashboards, and changing time ranges. Moving to a top-level dashboard or changing the context page removes the business hours filter.
Follow these steps:
  1. On the context page to which you want to apply a business hours filter, click the
    Apply Business Hours
    (clock) switch icon in the upper-right corner of the page.
    This icon indicates when business hours are and are not being applied to a view on a dashboard.
    The Apply Business Hours dialog opens.
    If you have applied a business hours filter with a time zone to the context page,
    Context Business Hour
    shows the applied business hours filter and time zone. Otherwise,
    No business hours selected
    displays. If you have applied a business hours filter with a time zone as part of your user session,
    Session Business Hour
    shows the applied business hours filter and time zone.
  2. Complete the following fields, and then click
    Apply
    :
    • Apply Business Hour Filter
      Enable this option. By default, business hours are not enabled.
    • Context Filter Type
      Defines the profile of the context filter type for the business hours filter.
      Options:
      • Site associated business hours:
        Lists the site groups that are associated with a business hours filter and selected on the context page in the Business Hours Filter drop-down.
      • System defined business hours:
        Lists all available business hours filters in the
        Business Hours Filter
        drop-down.
      Default:
      System defined business hours
    • Business Hours Filter
      Select the business hours filter that you want to apply to the context page. Or, to disable the business hours filter that is being applied during the user session, select
      No business hour selected
      . The list of business hours definitions are those that have been previously defined.
    • Business hour and time zone
      The time zones from which you want to choose in the
      Time Zone Filter
      drop-down.
      Options:
      • Recommended hours/zones:
        Lists the time zones that are associated with the business hours you have chosen.
      • System defined hours/zones:
        Lists time zones that are associated to site groups.
      • Any hours/zones:
        Lists all time zones.
    • Time Zone Filter
      If you selected a business hours filter, select the time zone that you want to apply to the context page.
    • Apply Changes
      Select the user-session level to which to apply this business hours filter.
      Options:
      • My Current Session:
        Applies this business hours filter to all context pages during your user session.
      • Current Session for Page only:
        Applies the business hours filter to this context page only during your user session.
        This option supersedes the
        My Current Session
        option if associated to a business hours filter.
      Default:
      My Current Session
The business hours for the specified site are applied to the context page.
Rearrange Context Tabs
Each item context consists of sets of tabbed pages. In addition to modifying individual tabbed pages, you can rearrange the tabs in an item context. Modifications are only saved to the current tenant.
Prerequisites:
You are an Administrator or Designer or you have the Edit Context Pages and Drill into Views role rights.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click the
    Edit
    icon on the selected tab, and select
    Reorder
    tabs.
    A list of Current Context Page Tabs appears. The list reflects the current ordering of tabs, from left to right.
  2. Select a tab to move, and then drag it to another location in the list.
  3. Click
    Save
    .
    The context page refreshes to reflect your changes. The tabs are displayed in a new order from left to right.
    If too many tabs are available for the context to display without horizontal scrolling, an arrow appears on the right. Click the arrow to see additional tabs.