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How to Create a Topology Plugin?


A Network Topology is created with the help of routing protocols such as CDP, OSPF, etc. These routing protocols are embedded in the Topology plugins. When you execute a Topology run, AIOps creates a Topology map with the help of these plugins.

There might be a situation where a device in your network might not show up in the Topology map. This would generally mean that the device belongs to a vendor not recognized by any in-built Topology plugins. For such cases, you can create a topology plugin to identify devices.

Once you create a new topology plugin for the device, assign it to a monitor, and run the Topology scheduler, the Topology plugin will now be able to read the device and help create the Topology map for that device.

Go to Menu, Select Settings . After that, Go to Plugin Library . Select Topology. The topology plugin screen is displayed.

Select to start creating a topology plugin.

Parameters to Create Topology Plugin

The following parameters appear on the Create Topology Plugin screen:

Name Enter a unique name of the topology plugin you wish to create.
Vendor Select the vendor for which you are creating the plugin.
Make and Model Select the Make and Model of the monitor for which you are creating the plugin.

Select Monitor or Group based on your requirement.

  • Select Monitor if you wish to assign the plugin you create to an individual monitor. Select the monitor you want to assign the runbook to from the dropdown titled Monitors.
  • Select Group if you wish to assign the runbook to a group of monitors. Select the group you wish to assign the runbook to from the dropdown titled Groups.


Layer Protocol

Select the layer protocol out of the following:

  • CDP
  • LLDP
  • ISIS
  • ISPF
  • BGP
  • Switch Port Mapper(This protocol is only available when the protocol type is selected as Custom Protocol)
Protocol Type

Select the type of discovery protocol from the following:

  • Custom Protocol
  • SNMP Protocol
Script Language Select the language (GO or Python) in which you will write your script
Parser Script Enter the script to parse the OID details.
Add Variable Add a variable, if needed to be used in the script.