Access Data with Cards

Cards present information about your network for monitoring and troubleshooting; each card describes a particular aspect of the network. Cards are collected onto a workbench where all data relevant to a task or set of tasks is visible. You can add and remove cards from a workbench, increase or decrease their sizes, change the time period of the data shown on a card, and make copies of cards to show different levels of data at the same time.

Available Cards

Each card focuses on a particular aspect of your network. They include:

  • Validation summary: overview of your network’s health
  • Events: system events and anomalies
  • What Just Happened: network issues and packet drops
  • Device groups: distribution of device components
  • Inventory/Devices: info about all switches and hosts in the network
  • Inventory/Switches: info about the components on a given switch
  • Inventory/DPU: info about data processing units
  • Inventory/Hosts: info about hosts
  • Trace request: discovery workflow for paths between two devices in the network fabric
  • MAC move commentary: info about changes to a MAC address on a specific VLAN

There are five additional network services cards for session monitoring, including BGP, MLAG, EVPN, OSPF, and LLDP.

Card Sizes

Cards are available in 4 sizes. The granularity of the content on a card varies with the size of the card, with the highest level of information on the smallest card to the most detailed information on the full-screen card.

Card Size Summary

Card SizeSmallMediumLargeFull Screen
Primary Purpose
  • Quick view of status, typically at the level of good or bad
  • View key performance parameters or statistics
  • Perform quick actions
  • Monitor for potential issues
  • View detailed performance and statistics
  • Perform actions
  • Compare and review related information
  • View all attributes for given network aspect
  • Analyze and visualize detailed data
  • Export and filter data

Card Actions

Add Cards to Your Workbench

  1. Click in the header.

  2. Locate and select the card(s) you want to add to your workbench.

  3. When you have selected the cards you want to add to your workbench, select Open cards:

    1 selected card to be added to a workbench

The cards are placed at the end of the set of cards currently on the workbench. You might need to scroll down to see them. Drag and drop the cards on the workbench to rearrange them.

Add Switch Cards to Your Workbench

You can add switch cards to a workbench through the Devices icon on the header or by searching for it in the Global Search field. To add a switch card from the header:

  1. Click , then select Open a device card.

  2. Enter the first few letters of the switch’s hostname.

  3. Select the device from the suggestions that appear:

    dropdown displaying switches
  4. Choose the card’s size, then select Add.

Remove Cards from Your Workbench

To remove all the cards from your workbench, click the Clear icon in the header. To remove an individual card:

  1. Hover over the card you want to remove.

  2. Click (More Actions menu).

  3. Select Remove.

The card is removed from the workbench, but not from the application.

Change the Size of the Card

  1. Hover over the top portion of the card until you see a rectangle. This is the size picker.

  2. Hover over the size picker and move the cursor right or left until the desired size option is highlighted.

    One-quarter width opens a small card. One-half width opens a medium card. Three-quarters width opens a large card. Full width opens a full-screen card.

  3. Select the size. When the card changes to the selected size, it might move to a different area on the workbench.

Change the Time Period for the Card Data

All cards have a default time period for the data shown on the card, typically the last 24 hours. You can change the time period to view the data during a different time range to aid analysis of previous or existing issues.

To change the time period for a card:

  1. Hover over the top portion of the card and select .

  2. Select a time period from the dropdown list.

    time options

Changing the time period in this manner only changes the time period for the given card.

Table Settings

You can manipulate the tabular data displayed in a full-screen card by filtering and sorting the columns. Hover over the column header and select it to sort the column. The data is sorted in ascending or descending order: A-Z, Z-A, 1-n, or n-1. The number of rows that can be sorted is limited to 10,000.

To reposition the columns, drag and drop them using your mouse. You can also export the data presented in the table by selecting .

The following icons are common in the full-screen card view:

IconActionDescription
Select AllSelects all items in the list.
Clear AllClears all existing selections in the list.
Add ItemAdds item to the list.
EditEdits the selected item.
DeleteRemoves the selected items.
FilterFilters the list using available parameters.
, Generate/Delete AuthKeysCreates or removes NetQ CLI authorization keys.
Open CardsOpens the corresponding validation or trace card(s).
Assign roleOpens role assignment options for switches.
ExportExports selected data into either a .csv or JSON-formatted file.

When there are many items in a table, NetQ loads up to 25 rows by default and provides the rest in additional table pages, accessible through the pagination controls. Pagination is displayed under the table.