1. Workspaces and Data Import

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When first entering NP-View or NP-Live, the user will be presented with the home page through which workspaces are available. Workspaces are used to organize devices into functional segments for analysis and visualization. Creating a workspace (+Add New Workspace) or selecting an existing workspace will open the Workspace canvas into which device configurations can be imported and organized.

Tip: one or more device configurations can be dropped onto the workspaces page to begin the workspace creation process.

Workspace Users (Groups)

Each user will be assigned by the administrator to one of three user groups, Administrator, Workspace Admin and Viewer.  Administrator and  Workspace Admin’s can create and view workspaces.  To create a new workspace, the user will click “+Add New Workspace”, name the workspace and select the compliance framework to assign to the workspace.  After clicking the “Create Workspace” button, a new, empty workspace will be created where the user can begin importing configuration files. Workspaces are designed to allow the user to segment their network devices for easy reporting and visualization. Once a workspace is created, users can share the workspace with other users by name or user group, transfer ownership of a workspace to a different user or export the workspace.  Viewers have no authoring capability and can only view workspaces that have been shared with them by Administrators or Workspace Admin’s.

Note:  If a workspace is shared with a user, the workspace cannot be transferred to the shared user.  The workspace must first be unshared prior to attempting the transfer.

Note: Administrators can view, share and transfer workspaces of all users.  Workspace Admins can only view, share and transfer workspaces they have created.

Workspace Export

Administrators and Workspace Admin’s can export a workspace for backup and retention purposes.  Using the share workspace features, the user an select to export the workspace.  Once export is selected, a background task will be initiated to create a downloadable image.  This process can take several minutes depending on the complexity of the workspace.  Once processing is complete, the user can return to the share function screen and download the image. The user also ahs the ability to delete the image from the server.

Workspace Import

Administrator and Workspace Admin’s can import a previously saved workspace or project file from NP-View Gen I (Java).  From the workspace screen, the user will create a new workspace.  Once created, the user can drag and drop the backup image (or project file) to the workspace for processing.  If the user loads a backup workspace into an existing workspace, the workspace contents will be replaced with the contents of the uploaded image. When a workspace or project file is imported, complete end-to-end processing of the data is required and may take several minutes for the topology to render.

Tip: one or more saved workspace or NP-View Gen I projects can be dropped onto the workspaces page.  A new workspace will be created with the name of the file and the information loaded into the new workspace.

Importing Configuration Files and Data

Once a workspace is created, the user can begin importing configuration files from Firewalls, Routers and Switches.  To start the process, the user can drag and drop the files onto the topology map area or use the +import -> Manual Import workflow.  One or more supported configuration files can be loaded at one time. Once the files are selected, the user can review the files for accuracy, clicking the x to remove one or more devices and then clicking the Import button to begin the process.

Files from supported Network management Systems can also be imported.  Once the Import button is selected, a list of included devices will be provided for selection. Once the list of files is selected, clicking the Import button again will begin the upload and import process.

Once the relevant configuration files are loaded, the user can choose to add additional data files to enrich the analysis and topology visibility.

Note that device licenses are applied upon first import.  As the files are loaded, the available license count is decremented and the device is tracked across all workspaces.  See the licensing section for more details.

NP-Live can also be configured to automatically retrieve files from  devices, network management systems and file shares on a schedule.  See the Connectors section for more information.

Initial data processing can take some time depending on the quantity and size of the files imported.  A status of the importing files will be displayed on the import menu and an indicator of the number of background processes running for all users will appear next to your user name in the upper right corner. Upon completion of processing, the Home view will be displayed.

Next: Network Visualization

Next, please proceed to the Network Visualization section to learn how to use the topology map and visualization features.   If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact support@network-perception.com.

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