The Netsight Explorer is the main way of navigating the Netsight System. It is similar to a file system browser.
The Explorer is available if you have the Read Folder permission on at least one folder in Netsight.
What objects you can see in the Explorer depends on what permissions have been granted to you:
The left-hand pane of the Explorer shows an expandable tree-view of the folders in Netsight. This folder hierarchy always starts at the root JANET(UK) folder. You can expand and collapse folders in the left-hand pane where you have permission to see them, by clicking on the or to their immediate left.
Clicking on a folder in the left-hand pane selects that folder. The contents of the currently-selected folder are displayed in the right-hand pane. The objects that a folder can contain are:
Clicking on a subfolder will open that folder and display its contents. A click on any other object will take you to a page where you can view the details of the object.
Objects can be moved to a different folder by editing them and modifying their 'Admin Location'.
If Write Access is enabled, a section is shown in the right-hand pane of the Explorer for each type of object. Next to the heading of each section, there is a "New" link. Clicking on this link will take you to a page where you can create a new object of the type for that section, in the currently selected folder.
If Write Access is not enabled, the Explorer becomes a read-only browser. You can only see object type sections in the folder where the folder contains an object of that type. There are also no links to create new objects.
When you create or update any of the objects visible in the Netsight Explorer, you can enter a description of the object. This Description is revealed in a small pop-up help box when you hover the mouse over any of the objects' icons for a few moments.
Objects (e.g. Nodes) in the Netsight Explorer can be right-clicked, to show a menu of options. When write access is enabled, the following options are available on all objects (where the user has the required permissions):
Some objects also have extra options in their menus:
(Note that you can right-click the folder in the right-hand pane as well as right-clicking the folder's name in the left-hand pane. Right-clicking the folder's icon in the treeview on the left will not work.)
When write access is disabled, most of the context menu options are not available. Only the read-only options such as graphing data or exporting data can be selected in this case.
Note that it is also possible to search for objects in Netsight. For more details see the Search Help page.
A Completed Measurement Job is one that is no longer running because its finish time has passed. If any completed measurement jobs exist in a folder, they are shown as a separate category in the Explorer, and by default are hidden from view. To expand the region of the page and show them, click "Show" by the Completed Measurement Jobs category title. The panel is then expanded to show the jobs, and they can be clicked on in the normal way. Click "Hide" to collapse the Completed Measurement Jobs panel.
The Netsight Explorer has the ability to select multiple objects and move them to another folder by drag-and-drop. This is similar to the functionality offered in filesystem browsers such as Windows Explorer.
To select files to move, you must first enable write access. Once you've done that, you can:
Once you have selected some objects to move, you can drag them to a folder to move them there.
There are some restrictions as to what you can move and where you can move it to. Firstly, you cannot move a folder into itself or into a subfolder of itself, since that does not make sense. You will also only be able to move objects to a folder if you have permission to create those objects in that folder. Finally, you can't move objects to a folder if it would mean that this folder would contain two objects of the same type with the same name.
The Netsight Explorer also has the ability to undo the last move operation you made. This can be helpful if you slipped on the mouse and accidentally dragged a number of objects to the wrong folder. To undo a move, select "Undo Last Move" in the side menu. This presents you with the details of the last move you made. Click "Move object(s) back" to restore them to where they were before.
Note however that this cannot be used if any of the objects you moved have since been moved elsewhere. If you attempt to move them back, you will be informed that an object has since been moved elsewhere.