How to Modify Attributes of Devices in Entuity Network Analytics (ENA)


An Introduction

This article shows you how to modify Attributes to manage Devices in Entuity Network Analytics (ENA) during your network management.

What you’ll Learn

  • Modify Attributes
  • Device Inventory
  • Entuity Network Analytics
  • Network Management



This is the interface of an existing Entuity ENA installation which had got a few devices under management on this system. What should you do if you want to modify the Attributes of one of those Devices to better control your network management? Let’s take the bottom one  “Ramsey-ap” as an example and rename it.

1. Navigation to Device Inventory

The option is available under the Main menu > Administration> Device Inventory

2. Rename

General Setting

Here’s a device you are going to select on the line ( the line shows in purple, just select but do not click the hyperlink) and click the Modify option. This is currently using the Hostname Ramsey-ap and resolving it to an IP address for polling purposes.

Tips for the Display Name

IP Address > System Name

You could use the System Name which is derived using SNMP. And you’ll notice that the name has now changed to “upstairs ap” which is actually the system name registered in the Device rather than “Ramsey-ap” which is the Hostname providing the IP Address by which it’s being polled. So now you are able to separate the naming from the polling.

IP Address > Custom

Another way to modify the name attribute is to provide a completely custom name. You can make your own decision on the Name and it doesn’t have any bearing on the System Name or the Host Resolution. For example, you can place “ap” here.

After choosing one of the modification methods mentioned above, the Device will be known as what you changed to. You’ll see it listed by its new name down the bottom when you go back to the Map Interface.

3. SNMP and CLI Access

There are additional changes that can be made using the Device Inventory Page focusing on those associated with SNMP. Again, we are going to select that “Ramsey-ap” Device on the line and click on the Modify option. The SNMP Settings indicate that this Device had been imported from a Seed File and is using a hybrid of SNMPv1 and SNMPv2.

Besides, the Read-only Community String has been specified and that could be changed if required. If this needed to be changed to SNMPv3, you can select from the pull-down menu and additional authentication and password related aspects that need to be provided. If the Configuration Management or Monitoring Capability is to be used, then the Command Line Access (CLI) credentials can also be entered down the bottom.

4. How polling can be temporarily suspended?

Select All Objects View through the Explorer and then choose the “ap” Subview within the View. The control over whether it’s polling or not is under attribute. Move to the end of All Dashboards menu and open the Attribute Dashboard.

Find and select the Poll Status, then click on Edit Attribute button on the right corner.

Uncheck the Use Discovered option and change Polling to Non-polling mode.

Finally, we can see the changed icon from the interface indicating that both ICMP Pinging and SNMP Polling are disabled.

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