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About Network Inventory with Network Maps in Web and Visio Toolbox
Codima Network Inventory with Network Maps in Web and Visio Toolbox is an Agentless Network Discovery tool that acts as a Hardware and Software Inventory System as well as Hardware Asset Management Software.
The Toolbox GUI is very compact with no complex menu drill downs. A layered tabbed structure automatically organises Asset views. The Toolbox is ready to go directly following a Network Discovery with no extra configuration necessary.
Each Discovery can be viewed in Web and Visio Maps for any topology with any type of environment. Whether it is wired, wireless, or virtual, Codima Toolbox will automatically generate the maps you need to “see” on your network.
The scalability has no limit as using Probes. Each Probe runs in parallel to any request.
The ITIL information is available through Enterprise View.
The Toolbox documents and enables deep exploration of the MySQL asset dbase using a consistent and compact interface that makes the product easy to use. It primarily uses the dbase created by a Network Discovery, the ITIL functionality allows a host of extra details to be added including adding extra devices. The Network Discovery can be scheduled and supports any number of Discoveries plus Historical Versions.

The Network Inventory is shown in the default display grid is to the left, each grid has a default set of columns, but extra columns can be added or columns removed. The grids are fully dynamic and generated at the client side, so support column resizing, drag bigger or smaller, and consistent capabilities such as Export, Print, Search/Filter plus Column Chooser.

Clicking on an Underlined link launches the Device Drilldown as below. The system automatically manages the huge list of metrics Codima Toolbox supports, to focus the GUI on what the user is looking at, for example; Memory Chips types, Scrap Values, detailed Location. Then the major features such as Filter, Analyse and Update Devices use the selected grid format to customise their GUIs.

For example, selecting Service Dates as the main topic and Service Summary sets up the rest of the system to focus on this selection as in the grid below.
This grid summarises EOL, EOS, End of Sale, and Warranty details. The report filters devices that are outside current support or warranty for example. The Update feature can be used to set each metric such as warranty or end of life in conjunction with the Filters feature. For example, filter all devices of type Cisco Model 4508, and then set EOS, EOL etc in one simple Update operation. In this case below the focus is set to Commercial and Asset Commercial.

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Inventory Explorer is broken down in the Network Asset Database – simply Select the Tabs to focus on the Area Under Investigation, then click on Filter to refine the analysis.

The user is examining Commercial details by selecting Commercial then Asset Value, so the filter options change accordingly as below. There is a wide range of match operations including true wild cards and even REGEX to match complex terms.
A valuable feature is the ability to select Devices manually or using Filters and then summarising the Number of devices in for example a room and get the Purchase price per Manufacturer or a Supplier. A single click opens the Analyse feature as below:
As with other features the options presented reflect the Grid Chosen using the Main Tabs in this case Device Basics. Multiple graph types show the results of the Analysis operation.
The grid output format allows further analysis plus the ability to export the results to Excel for example, or other user defined processing.

In Codima Toolbox user created Custom Fields are treated exactly the same as regular fields, and are used in Filters, Analytics and Summary features with no restrictions unlike other solutions. Custom fields are used to add user metrics like Power Rail Connection as in the example.

The user can create Groups which can be used throughout the system
A library of Reports can be created in a couple of clicks, sophisticated Filtering is also available. The fully organised Report Selection Tree, with very detailed Filters, means only truly discovery specific Reports need to be saved.

ITIL is a powerful IT Asset Management tool adding details to a Network Discovery that can be used by different parts of the company such as Accounts, Engineers, Stock control, and Network Support. The problem with many existing solutions is bureaucracy, and often needing extensive training, by contrast, Codima Toolbox is easy and straightforward to use. The ITIL system transforms a typically time consuming process into a fast way to quick results. Adding ITIL boosts productivity, visibility and addresses security concerns about deployed Software and Hardware.

The Inventory system uses the Discovery Engine to populate the device database. Very many fields are setup automatically by the Discovery Engine, however, fields such as detailed Location, Suppliers, Monetary Values, Warranties, and device state like Scrapped or In Storage cannot be set automatically. They need to be setup by the user. Adding ITIL details to a device can either be per device or update any number of devices in one operation. The user is presented with a list of fields to be updated including user added Custom Fields. Only ticked fields are updated for maximum flexibility.
For example, a new batch of say Switches may have been purchased. In one operation the Supplier, Support Details, Maintenance and Commercial details can be added to all the new devices. A very slick operation.

For example, a new batch of Switches may have been purchased. In one action the Supplier, Support Details, Maintenance, and Commercial details can be added to all the new devices. A very simple action.

New devices that were not discovered by the discovery engine can be added very quickly using the popup shown below which is accessed directly from the main GUI. This covers the case with equipment that is not discovered by the Discovery Engine, maybe it is powered down or not actually a network asset such as a car.

A map of a small network like below draws in a Web Browser in milliseconds – multiple thousands of devices draw in a second or two with an equally fast device(s) drag during editing. Blazingly fast. Topology Maps are created automatically following the completion of a network discovery. The map is drawn very quickly in the native browser graphics language SVG. The devices can be dragged around, and the connecting links follow in real time. The draw speed is milliseconds for medium size maps and a second or two for very large maps. Drag editing is equally fast.

There is an extensive set of standard views available selected by a single click. 

This is a Layer 2 Tree map:

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Map Display Control

The map has an array of sophisticated formatting capabilities.
Map image size can be changed in an instant with a per device type advanced autoscaling system to shrink minor items like Phones and scale up major devices. A map background can be added, for instance an office floor plan
The maps can be edited directly IN BROWSER, even with large maps. Drilldowns and user named submaps can be created quickly with an auto back link from the master map to the sub map.

Custom Views

The User can also create their own views by selecting devices to show in the map from a Tree control, or by using the detailed ITIL Filter engine. Sometimes Maps can be extraordinarily complex when large networks have been discovered by Codima Toolbox. It is possible to select devices in the Web Map using ITIL or other Inventory details to filter the map content as shown.

This picture shows drill down options from the Map to Inventory (including an ability to update ITIL on the drilled device ) and other Licensed features as below with a Monitoring, Alerts and Ticketing plus Software Security License as available drill options, even a Web Full function SNMP browser.

The maps can be edited directly IN BROWSER, even with large maps. Drilldowns and user named submaps can be created quickly with an auto back link from the master map to the sub map.
Below is the Map Device Drill Down Full SNMP MIB Browser option.

Advanced Features

With the correct license, Maps can be viewed on remote probes in a Codima Toolbox Dashboard with live updates and full edit and display control. Traffic is animated with the Codima Toolbox Monitoring License including from remote probes.

Visio Maps use the Microsoft Standard documentation package Visio. It is used by many organisations as a standard presentation format. Visio is a very flexible drawing package and well suited to documenting simple or complex network topologies.
Visio Maps can be viewed from the Codima Toolbox web system by using the Codima Toolbox Visio download facility. The user will have full Visio editing capabilities if a copy of Visio is installed. Otherwise the free Visio Viewer can be installed to draw the Visio style picture, editing is not allowed.

Visio is a Windows rather than a Web Product and is an industry standard documentation tool, below are some Visio Maps produced after a Codima Toolbox Network Discovery.