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Configuring and Using NAV

Here you can find a number of documents that give you necessary information on how to configure and use NAV.

Getting started

Essential information to get you started using NAV:

  • GettingStarted contains information you need after a completed installation.
  • SeedEssentials Essential information needed for seeding the NAV database
  • CategoriesAndTypes Explains NAVs concept of equipment categories and types.
  • EquipmentTypes contains a list of types that you can add to your NAV installation
  • SubnetsAndVlans Parameters that describe subnets, network types, network description.

Using the NAV tools

The home page

The home page is where you start. The home page gives an overview of status, displays operational messages and links to other tools.

The status tool

The status tool gives an overview on operations; i.e. that all the network components and services are up and running.

Network Explorer

Network explorer displays the network resources in tree structured manner. You can drill down for details or use the search utility to locate what you are interested in.

The traffic Map

The traffic map gives a graphical view of the network. Min/Max/Average load in a timeframe, or the current load.

The report tool

The report tool is a highly customizable report generator that displays information from the NAV database. The report tool also links to the IP device center and to the IP address scope matrix view.


NAV uses Cricket to collect statistical data such as interface counters, CPU load, memory usage and more. See howtoconfigurecricket for information on how to expand the set of cricket statistics that is collected. The statistics tools also includes a sorted statistics feature that displays tabular reports on the interface with heaviest load, the router with highest CPU usage and so forth.

The Machine Tracker

The machine tracker lets you find IP or MAC adresses that are or have been in operation. Mac addresses are tracked down to their connected switch port.

Layer 2 Traceroute

Layer 2 trace gives you the layer 2 trace of a machine to its default router. Alternatively the tool can give you the complete layer 2 trce between two machines.

Syslog Analyzer

The syslog analyzer lets you browse Cisco syslog messages that are collected by the syslog deamon.

Arnold - a switchport blocking tool

Arnold is a switchport blocking tool. Use it to manually block switch ports or use the backend feature and run automated blocking raids.

Edit Database

Edit Database is the tool for seeding you NAV database with essential informations.


The messages tool is where you can publish operational messages. The messages will be visable on the home page of NAV.

Alert Profiles

AlertProfiles is where you set up your personal alert profiles; i.e. which alerts you would like to receive as email or sms.

Maintenance tasks

Maintenance tasks is where you create and edit equipment maintenance schedules. Equipment on maintenance does not cause alerts when down or unavailable.

User administration

The user administration panel lets you control NAV user accounts, group memberships and access privileges.

Device Management

The device management tool lets you view device history, register error events, RMAs and more.

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