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Status Functionality already exists
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 9, 2021

Interface types are not distinguished in manual connection configuration

During the configuration of manual connections in layer 1, the problem has been when creating connections in layer 1 and the confusion occurs because the devices in the discovery have the same Display Label in different types of interfaces, for example cases in which mpls and ethernet they have the same Display Label.

It is necessary to be able to distinguish what type of interfaces they correspond to, in our case all layer 1 is done manually and many devices have this case and its correction is complicated.

Idea Priority Low
Use Case
1206 / 5000 At AT&T, one of the main features that Network Manager is given is to generate the layer 1 topology of the devices on the network. These daily configurations are done with the help of Network Manager to add manual connections from the hop view. Currently, a little more than 5800 devices have been discovered and all must have their topology configured in Layer 1, daily there are new devices and devices that are removed due to updates on the network. As an example of this case, there is a device with the following interfaces: IFINDEX = 2, DISPLAYLABEL = [Te0/0/1], IFTYPESTRING = ethernet-csmacd IFINDEX = 18, DISPLAYLABEL = [Te0/0/1], IFTYPESTRING = mpls When trying to add a new manual connection with the ethernet interface (Layer 1) of the device, in the list of options we find that there are two interfaces [Te0/0/1], this generates confusion because it is not known which one to choose. At the end we can only validate once the connection has been added to list the device connections. If it is not correct, the connection is deleted and the connection is added again using the following option that appears duplicated.
RFE ID 149815
RFE URL
RFE Product Tivoli Network Manager
  • Admin
    Jacob Yackenovich
    Sep 10, 2021

    Thank you for this submission. We recommend taking advantage of the integration of ITNM with the topology manager capabilities of WatsonAIOps or the dynamic topology product known as Agile Service Manager. Both of these products have the same methods to provide custom/bespoke labeling features on any resource. Please see "Editing resource type styles" for more information:

    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/nasm/1.1.10?topic=elements-editing-resource-type-styles