The flow of data across IP networks depends upon both the physical connectivity among the network devices and the routing protocols that run on those devices. The routing protocols dictate the paths across which packets flow within and between the independent networks, or autonomous systems.
Network Protocol Manager for EIGRP diagnoses connectivity failures for a Cisco proprietary interior gateway protocol known as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol. Network Protocol Manager for EIGRP, working with VMware Smart Assurance IP Availability Manager, discovers and monitors Cisco devices that are running EIGRP services, diagnoses EIGRP-related failures, and exports the results of its analysis to the VMware Smart Assurance Service Assurance Manager (Global Manager).
The challenge of managing routing-protocol connectivity is that of determining which routing-protocol alarms are root-cause problems and which are symptoms of root-cause problems.
Network Protocol Manager for EIGRP meets this challenge by:
Correlating and analyzing the alarms generated as a result of a physical-transport or EIGRP object failure.
Pinpointing the object failure.
Identifying all monitored objects affected by the failure.
This functionality allows Network Protocol Manager for EIGRP users to address the problem of the failed object promptly and to dismiss all other alarms as symptoms of the problem.Note:
Network Protocol Manager supports discovery and monitoring of EIGRP objects only for IPv4 network.