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Chapter 3. Managing and Configuring Cisc... > Task 3: Configure the Cisco Network ...

Task 3: Configure the Cisco Network Assistant Software

Step 1.
To begin using Cisco Network Assistant, click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Cisco Network Assistant, and click the Cisco Network Assistant option.

Step 2.
As shown in Figure 3-13, ensure that the Connect to a new community radio button is enabled, and then click the Connect button.

Figure 3-13. CNA Community Configuration

Step 3.
In the Create Community window, shown in Figure 3-14, enter VoIPx (where x is the pod number chosen in previous labs) in the Name textbox.

Figure 3-14. Creating the CNA Community

Step 4.
In the Add Devices section, in the Device IP textbox, enter the router IP address. The default gateway for the PC is an appropriate IP address to use.

Step 5.
Click the Add To Community button. In the Create Community window, click OK. The Topology View window appears, as shown in Figure 3-15.

Figure 3-15. Sample Cisco Network Assistant Topology View

Step 6.
In the top left of the Topology View window, click the third icon from the left; it is the icon that looks like a tree with a checklist. The Topology Options window appears, as shown in Figure 3-16. Click the Node tab. Select the IP Address checkbox and click OK. The IP addresses assigned to the devices appear in the Topology View window, as shown in Figure 3-17.

Figure 3-16. Configuring CNA Node Options

Figure 3-17. CNA Topology View with IP Address

Step 7.
Right-click the router icon. A menu appears, as shown in Figure 3-18.

Figure 3-18. CNA Router Options in the Topology View

The Hostname option is used to change the router name. It is the same as using the hostname command. It changes the router configuration to reflect this, not just the Topology View window.

The Device Manager option is used to configure the device. If the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager software is installed on the device, it can be used through this particular selection. If the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager software is not installed on a device, the HTML web configuration window is accessible through the Device Manager option.

The Remove From Community option is used to remove a device from the Cisco Network Assistant community.

Step 8.
Click the Properties option. The Device Properties window appears, with the model, IP address, IOS version, and MAC address information displayed. Click OK to close the window.

Step 9.
Right-click the switch icon and select the Add To Community option, as shown in Figure 3-19. This adds the external switch to the VoIPx community. After the topology view updates, right-click the switch icon. A switch has a Bandwidth Graphs option that the router did not. This option shows bandwidth utilization over a period of time.

Figure 3-19. CNA Topology View with IP Address

Step 10.
To the left of the Topology View window on the Features tab, click the Configure option to expand it, as shown in Figure 3-20. The Configure option is used to make configuration changes to the switch. For example, if switch port 2 will have an IP Phone attached, Cisco Network Assistant allows you to configure those ports.

Figure 3-20. CNA Configure Features Options

Step 11.
Expand the Switching section by clicking the arrow icon beside the word Switching or by clicking the word Switching. Click the Voice VLAN option. Figure 3-21 shows CNA Switch VLAN options.

Figure 3-21. CNA Switch VLAN Options

Step 12.
Select the second interface in the Interface column. You can expand the Interface column to be able to read the entire port name by placing the mouse pointer over the bar that separates the Interface column from the Voice VLAN column. The pointer turns into a double-arrowed pointer. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag to the right to expand the Interface column. Click the Modify button. Figure 3-22 shows the Voice VLAN options.

Figure 3-22. CNA Voice VLAN Options

Step 13.
In the Modify Voice VLAN window, click the Voice VLAN drop-down menu. If the VLAN ID is not x5, select the New VLAN ID option. In the [1 - 1001] textbox, enter x5 (where x is the pod number chosen in previous labs).

Step 14.
In the Port Fast drop-down menu, select the Enable option. Click the OK button. Notice how the VLAN Mode column is automatically set to trunk mode. In the Voice VLAN window, click OK.

Step 15.
Under the Configure menu in the Switching section, select the VLANs option. Click the Configure VLANs tab. Click the Create button. In the VLAN ID:[2 - 1001] textbox, enter the data VLAN used for your pod number—x0 (where x is the pod number chosen in previous labs). If x0 is already created, created VLAN X00.

Click the OK button. VLAN x0 appears as active in the VLANs window. From the VLANs window, click the OK button. Figure 3-23 shows the Create VLAN screen.

Figure 3-23. CNA Create VLAN Options

Expand the Ports section and click the Port Settings option. The Port Settings option can be used to view a link’s status, to see and change the speed and duplex configuration, and to configure PortFast. Figure 3-24 shows the Port Settings menu.

Figure 3-24. CNA Port Settings Menu

If an external switch is being used, click port Fa0/1 and click the Modify button. Figure 3-25 shows the Modify Port Settings dialog box. Click inside the Description textbox and enter Link to Router. In the Port Fast drop-down menu, select the enable option. Click OK to close this window.

Figure 3-25. CNA Modify Port Settings Menu

Step 16.
In the Port Settings window, click OK.

Step 17.
Explore the Monitor, Troubleshoot, and Maintenance tabs to determine the tools that can be used. When you’re finished, click Save Configuration in the Configure section. Notice that the default setting is for all devices in the community to have their configuration saved. Click the Save button.

Step 18.
Close the Topology View window. When prompted to save the changed topology, click Yes.

Step 19.
Click the close box for Cisco Network Assistant. When asked if you are sure you want to exit, click the Yes button.

Step 20.
Manually clear from the router and switch the configuration information that was added from this lab.


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