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Viewing the Port Usage Summary

Within the Switches Menu, you can view a switches port numbers usage summary. You can see the total number of port numbers for each port type. You can also see the number of port numbers that are in use. 

1.       Click the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view, the General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a dropdown menu and from the list select Port Usage.  (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)

6.       The screen changes to display the port usage details.  The top pane displays the ports number details, including port types, total ports, used, free, bad and percentages. 

7.       The lower pane displays the same information in a bar graph. 

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Viewing Bad Ports

You can see which switch port numbers are bad within the Switches Menu.

1.       Click the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view, the General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a dropdown menu and from the list select Bad Ports (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)  The screen changes to display the port groups. 

6.       Within the list, click the plus (+) sign next to the port group name to view the bad port numbers.  (If the plus sign disappears when you click it, it means the port group does not have any bad port numbers).

7.       There is a checkmark in the Bad column for each bad port.  To make the port good again, remove the checkmark.

8.       Within the Actions ribbon group, click the Save button (save and stay).

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Viewing Active Ports

The active ports are port numbers that have been assigned to sets. You can view active port numbers of a switch within the Switches Menu.

1.       Click  the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view, the General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a dropdown menu, from the list select Active Ports (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)  The screen changes to display the port groups. 

6.       Within the list, click the plus (+) sign next to the port group name to view the associated active port numbers.  (If the plus sign disappears when you click on it, it means the port group does not have any active port numbers).

7.       For each active port, the Bad column is blank, to make the port bad, checkmark the box in the bad column. 

8.       Within the Actions ribbon group, click the Save button (save and stay).

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Viewing Spare Ports

Spare ports are unassigned port numbers.  You can view the spare port numbers within the Switches menu.

1.       Click the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view, the General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a dropdown menu and from the list select Spare Ports (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)  The screen changes to display the port groups. 

6.       Within the list, click the plus (+) sign next to the port group name to view the associated active port numbers.  (If the plus sign disappears when you click it, it means the port group does not have any spare port numbers).

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Changing the Port Status

When a port number is bad, you can mark that number as ‘Bad’ within the Switches Menu.  You can also change the ‘bad’ status if the port number is no longer bad.

1.       Click the Switches menu in the lower pane of the left panel.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.       Before the Switches list populates you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       Within the list, double click the Switch to view, the General – Switch window opens. 

5.       Within the Ports ribbon group, click the upper portion of the button (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.)  The screen changes to display the port groups. 

6.       Within the list, click the plus (+) sign next to the port group name to view the associated port numbers. 

7.       Within the Bad column, remove the checkmark to activate the port or insert a checkmark to indicate the port as bad. 

8.       Within the Actions ribbon group, click Save (save and stay) to continue working with the switch or Save & Close (save and exit) to return to the switches list. 

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Viewing Spare Port Combined Summary

Before you can run this report, you must complete the Port HASU Summary Prefix Length and the Port HASU Summary Detail Prefix Length fields within the General Switch information pane (Show ribbon group àSwitch button). This report displays the groups (determined by the prefix lengths) and the total number of ports available within each group.

1.      Click the Switches menu.

2.      In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.      Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·        Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·        Click the Show All button.

4.      Once the list populates, double-click the record to open the General – Switch window.

5.      Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a drop-down menu and from the list select Spare Ports Combined Summary (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.) The screen changes to display the port groups.

There are two parts to this report, the General Information displays the Card Name, Port Prefix and the total available ports.

When you click the plus sign (+) next to the Card Name, the report expands to display the Detailed Summary, this displays all the available port numbers.

Viewing Spare Port General Summary

Before you can run this report, you must complete the Port HASU Summary Prefix Length and the Port HASU Summary Detail Prefix Length fields within the general switch information pane (Show ribbon group àSwitch button). This report displays the groups (determined by the prefix lengths) and the total number of ports available within each group.

1.      Click the Switches menu.

2.      In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.      Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·        Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·        Click the Show All button.

4.      Once the list populates, double-click the record to open the General – Switch window.

5.      Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a drop-down menu and from the list select Spare Port General Summary (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.).

The screen changes to display the port groups.

6.      This report displays the Card Name, Port Prefix and the total available ports.

Viewing Spare Port Detailed Summary

Before you can run this report, you must complete the Port HASU Summary Prefix Length and the Port HASU Summary Detail Prefix Length fields within the general switch information pane (Show ribbon group àSwitch button). This report displays the groups (determined by the prefix lengths) and the total number of ports available within each group.

1.      Click the Switches menu.

2.      In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.      Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·        Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·        Click the Show All button.

4.      Once the list populates, double-click the record to open the General – Switch window.

5.      Within the Ports ribbon group, click the lower portion of the button to access a drop-down menu and from the list select Spare Port Detailed Summary (Depending on your switch, the button name changes, for example, the button name may be EQN, TN, LEN, etc.).

The screen changes to display the port groups.

This report displays the Card Name, Port Prefix, and each available report for all groups.

 

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