Fact Sheet

Network in general

  • Documentation of the primary, secondary and tertiary cabling
  • Cross-site cabling possible
  • Mapping of LAN, fiber optic cables, WAN, telephone and power connections
  • Wizards for creating patch & installation cable connections, network paths, etc.
  • Graphical representation of the network infrastructure – node to node for each layer (site, building, floor, room)
  • Representation of the complete physical network path with all passive intermediate components (panel, socket, connector, etc.)
  • Comprehensive report, print and export functions

Assembled / unassembled cables

  • Visual and interactive representation of the connections with color coded cables
  • Port status display (patched, reserved, defective, free)
  • Patching and re-patching via drag and drop
  • Wizards for single or multiple patching and re-patching
  • Port-Matrix mapping
  • Visualization of cable sharing (e.g. AMP) and port splitters
  • Mappable Y-cables, port adapters and 1:n patching
  • Individual patch connector association (e.g. TX, RX, etc.)
  • Possible to use system ports and sockets
  • Cable properties with information on cable lengths, qualities, etc.
  • Generation of patch lists
  • Import patches from Excel and .csv files
  • Automatic naming based on custom defined rules
  • Validity checks (connector, medium, loop, etc.)

Network pathways

  • Supported network types: fiber optic cables, copper (IT, telephony, video, audio, power, etc.), special networks (fire alarm network, control, etc.)
  • Supported topologies: star, bus, ring, mesh, tree, hybrid
  • Management of site and in-house networks as well as cross-site cabling
  • Wizard for creating routes and cable connections
  • Multimode and single mode fiber optic cable support
  • Calculation of the fiber/cable types as well as the connection states per cable
  • Calculation of the reserved patch and installation cables
  • Support for bundled cable
  • Customizable naming rules for active and passive components
  • Customizable naming rules for assembled and unassembled cables
  • Import and Export cable connection records
  • Validity check (number of cores/fibers, etc.)

Components / devices

  • Management of all assets (active/passive components, racks, distributors, etc.)
  • Graphical visualization of components, modular devices, mounting racks, installation cards, GBIC, blades and power supplies such as: Data outlets (incl. modular outlets), floor tanks, distribution cabinets and racks, patch panels/strips, switches, routers, rack servers, storage systems, end devices, etc.
  • Storage of additional information, for each network element, such as: Name, description, IP and Mac address, inventory data, cost center, maintenance data
  • Wizard to duplicate cabinets
  • Assistant to support relocation of cabinet and individual component
  • Wizard for interchanging components with remapping of cable connections
  • Automatic naming of components based on custom defined naming rules
  • View all changes made to the individual components
  • Printable device lists
  • Import components from Excel and .csv files

Tag system

  • Unique keywords and labels for components and ports
  • Details of the components & ports affected
  • Predefined areas for telephony, VLANs and services
  • Visual representation of the tags in the racks, components and ports

VLAN mapping

  • Manual management of VLANs for individual components and ports
  • Visualization of tagged and port-based VLANs
  • Inheritance of tagged VLANs across the entire network path

IP address management

  • Management of networks and subnets (IPv4) of any size
  • Scan networks for resolution of hostnames, MAC addresses, operating systems and manufacturers
  • Supports name resolution via Local ARP, Local & Remote DNS, IMPC, Ping
  • Splitting and merging subnets
  • Conflict detection during network separation
  • IP address administration
  • Cleanup function for IP changes based on hostnames
  • Assignment of IP addresses on any device
  • Export subnet information to Excel
  • Reservation of IP addresses

Reporting

  • Predefined reports for: Network paths, patch and installation cables, network ends, device lists, connection overviews
  • Free definition of SQL reports
  • Wizard to support custom report design, storage and export of reports

Document management

  • Storage of documents (binary) or links (link) per object (e.g. measurement reports, configurations, images etc.)
  • Drag&Drop of documents into the document management system
  • Conflict check for simultaneous modification of a file

Infrastructure

  • infrastructure management (location, building, floor, room)
  • Mapping up to the tertiary layer cabling and visual representation of the locations.
  • Assign designs to infrastructure for graphical navigation and location-based network documentation
  • Add documents of any type to the infrastructure via document management
  • Store building and floor plans as raster image (png, bmp, jpg) or vector graphic (dwg, dxf, svg)
  • Access to AutoCAD file design layers with various display possibilities
  • Interactive designer, infinite zoom and more options for designing locations, building, floor and room plans
  • Free positioning of the devices in the room
  • Placement accurate to scale
  • Reuse floor plans to create a room plan with room boundary configuration
  • Graphic library with device symbols available for quick orientation in the room
  • Wizard for importing rooms from AutoCAD .dwg floor designs
  • Export infrastructure from Excel .csv files
  • Printable plans and designs

DCIM

  • Interactive visualization of cabinets, racks, distributors, bay cabinets, etc.
  • Four manageable levels per cabinet (e.g. front, back, left and right side)
  • Zoombar support for Drag&Drop operations
  • Display of ports, port layout, cable connection, port status (free, reserved, defective)
  • Clear overview of components (also on the back)
  • Remodeling / relocation possible via drag & drop between different cabinets and racks
  • Visual representation of the patch connection ( colored coded by cable type)
  • Visual representation of the installation cable connections
  • Location-based display of active and passive devices
  • Simultaneous overview of multiple components and cabinets
  • Display of mounted and free height units, calculation of rack utilization
  • Display of estimated consumption values and limits with subsequent calculation of power consumption (kW), weight and heat output (BTU)
  • Legends with information about device names, descriptions, keywords and key figures
  • Planning of component mounting and more (see Order management module)
  • Components relocation
  • Report on cabinet configurations and connection tables
  • Printable rack overview

Catalog

  • Component library with over 15,000 devices from well-known manufacturers and standards available online
  • Individual component definitions (active and passive end devices) with ports, slots and internal wiring display
  • Support for modular components ( integrated cards, GBICs, blades, power supplies)
  • Description of the structure of cables with bundles, supported line types and connectors for installation and patch cables
  • Individual definition of ports, slots and line types as well as transmission qualities
  • Designer to customize components
  • Accumulation of additional information, SNMP-mibs, height units and dimensions, graphics and documents, weight, heat and power
  • Mapping of devices to the nearest millimeter
  • Bay cabinets and other cabinet of varying dimensions
  • Unlimited addition to and expansion of the library by end users
  • Steadily growing online library
  • Support: Send your requests for new components

Import / export

  • Wizard to assist in importing excel & .csv files for: Infrastructure data (e.g. buildings, devices, racks) and connections (e.g. lines and cables).
  • Import subnets
  • Export created reports
  • Export any table information to Excel, .csv, etc.
  • SQL-based Exports
  • Import and export any infrastructure (location to room) from and to files.
  • Wizard to import component definitions into the library by: Accessing the online catalog and XML definition files.

In general

  • User and group management with login and password authentication
  • Connection to Active Directory, LDAP or RADIUS possible
  • Functional authorization system (administrator group to read-only group permissions)
  • Authorization at object level (from locations to individual racks and cabinet) to restrict write and read access
  • Single user auto log-in via Windows domain user credentials
  • Search function for all stored object information
  • Logs of all updates (history)
  • Secured access to databases
  • Portable application (executable from USB stick or shared network)
  • virtualizable
  • terminal server compatible

Graphical user interface

  • Modern and intuitive Windows GUI
  • Numerous wizards, hints and tips
  • User friendly design
  • HighDPI support
  • Focus on the essentials
  • Content specific context-menus
  • Extensive online wiki with tutorial videos

Supported database systems

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and above
  • MariaDB 10.2.1 and above
  • PostreSQL 9.4 and above
  • Microsoft Azure (MS SQL) 2008 and above
  • Firebird 3.0 and above
  • SQLite

External support

  • Excel and .csv file Export
  • Protocol handler (pathfinder:// )
  • Command line API for PowerShell
  • Access to external databases via SQL

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