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Configuring IPAM Sync

This section describes the following:

  • How to add an IPAM Sync configuration.
  • How to edit an IPAM Sync configuration.
  • How to delete an IPAM Sync configuration.

To add a sync configuration, complete the following:

  1. Click Add Sync Configuration in the upper left corner. The Sync configuration wizard opens.
  2. In Step 1 of the Wizard, enter the NIOS Grid Master IP address or host name, with user name and password. For standalone NIOS deployments, enter the IP address or host name of the NIOS device. The default login credentials are admin/infoblox.
  3. Click Next.


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    Make sure the NIOS system is reachable before attempting a connection, and ensure you have the correct admin account and password. The specified username and password also must provide access to the Infoblox DMAPI (Data and Management API). Any NIOS administrator account can be set to allow API access from within NIOS with an Allowed Interfaces setting of API. Consult the Infoblox API Documentation guide for the version of NIOS in the current operation for more details, and consult the NIOS Administration Guide for the procedure on defining API interface access for an admin account. 


  4. In Step 2, in NS1 Network View, select default as the view to which to export data. This information is obtained from the Infoblox Grid Master.
  5. In NetMRI Network View, select the required view.
  6. In Time restriction, select Include all data, regardless of polling time.

    In versions prior to 7.3.1, NetMRI sent data collected from devices that were successfully polled within the last two hours. This restriction was removed in version 7.3.1. You can request to export all data regardless of last successful device polling time or data from devices successfully polled in the last several hours.
  7. Activate Synchronize Device Information if devices (IP addresses) are to be included in the synchronization.
  8. If you enabled the synchronization of device information and you want to include end host IP addresses into NIOS IPAM Sync, select Include addresses from ARP tables.
    By default, only routers IP addresses are included into NIOS IPAM Sync. Selecting this option allows you to export IP addresses of end hosts from ARP tables of discovered devices to NIOS IP Map, along with routers IP addresses. These end hosts are listed in a separate tab in NetMRI: Network Explorer -> Switch Port Management -> End Hosts -> End Host Present. If the discovery engine does not recognize a device as infrastructure or network device, it is treated as end host. Data displayed for end hosts collected from ARP tables includes the IP address, MAC address, and Last Discovered and First Discovered stamps.


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    Retrieving end hosts IPs based on ARP entries does not guarantee accurate results as the lifetime of ARP tables entries on network devices is very limited (e.g., up to 5 minutes officially, 10 minutes in real life for Cisco IOS-based devices) and the amount of tables entries is relatively small.


  9. To add internal subnets as networks in NIOS, activate the Add IPAM networks for subnets within NetMRI discovery ranges option. This will export subnets discovered by NetMRI and classified as internal (i.e., within the defined discovery ranges). To export all internal subnets, select the All option. To limit the exported internal subnets, select the Restrict to subnet s within the following summary routes option, and enter a list of summary routes. Separate each route with a comma, or put each on a new line. Subnets within a listed summary route are exported. For example, to export only the subnets in a class A 10 network, enter 10.0.0.0/8.
  10. To add external subnets as networks in NIOS, activate the Add IPAM networks for subnets outside of NetMRI discovery ranges option. This will export subnets discovered by NetMRI and classified as external (i.e., outside the defined CIDR blocks). To export all external subnets, select the All option. To limit the exported external subnets, select the Restrict to subnets within the following summary routes option, and enter a list of summary routes as described above for internal subnets.
  11. Click Next.
  12. In Step 3, if you want to schedule synchronization, select Schedule Enabled. This is optional. If you do not schedule a synchronization, you can execute a synchronization at any time. For information, see the next section.
  13. Select a Recurrence PatternExecution Time, and day (this is the starting day for repetitive synchronizations).
  14. Click Next.
  15. In Step 4, review the sync configuration. Click < Previous if you need to change any settings.
  16. Click Finish.

For how to run a Now you can run the configured synchronization between NetMRI and a NIOS appliance. For more information, see the next section, Synchronizing Between NetMRI and NIOS AppliancesAppliance.

To edit a sync configuration, perform the following:

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  1. In Settings –> Setup –> NIOS IPAM Sync, select Delete in the Actions column for the required sync configuration.
  2. Confirm the deletion.

Synchronizing Between NetMRI and NIOS

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Appliance

Prerequisite: make sure that you added and configured an IPAM synchronization as described in the previous section.

To run a synchronization between NetMRI and a NIOS appliance, complete the following:

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The following table helps to locate IPAM Sync discovered data in the NetMRI and NIOS UI.

Discovered Data FieldData Field DescriptionNetMRI
UINIOS
UI
General Device Data
IP Address
Network Explorer -> Discovery
Last Discovered
First Discovered
MAC Address
Interface Viewer
DiscovererAlways "NetMRI".N/A
IPAM tab -> select a network -> select an IP address
OS
Device Viewer
Discovered Name
Device Model
Device Vendor
Device Location
Device Viewer -> Device/Network Explorer -> Device Identification
Device Contact
NetBIOS Name

Switch Port Management -> End hosts
Device OUIThe OUI of device.
Attached Device Data
Attached Device Vendor
For an attached device: Device Viewer
Attached Device Address
Attached Device Name
Attached Device Type
Attached Device Model

Attached Device Description


For an attached device: Device Viewer -> Device/Network Explorer -> Device Identification
Attached Device Location
Attached Device Contact
Attached Device Port Description
For an attached device: Device Viewer -> Interface -> Configuration
Attached Device Port Name
Attached Device Port
Port Data
Port Duplex
Interface Viewer
Port Link
Port Speed
Port Status
VLAN Name
Device Viewer -> Interfaces -> Configuration
VLAN ID
Cisco ACI Data
ACI tenant
Device Viewer -> ACI
ACI bridge domain
ACI endpoint groups
VRF and BGP Data
VRF Name
Device Viewer -> Router -> VRF table
VRF Description
VRF RD
BGP AS
Device Viewer -> Router -> BGP
Wireless Access Point Data
Wireless Access Point Name
Device Viewer -> Wireless

Wireless Access Point IP


Wireless Access Point SSID


Fields related to Cisco ACI data (tenant, bridge_domain, endpoint_groups) are specific for SDN elements and controllers.

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