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Sorting or filtering your customer endpoints (CEs) using the inventory list

Your customer endpoints (CEs) are not only displayed on the main PTAP map; you can also find them as part of a sortable inventory list.

While the main PTAP map provides a nice geographical view of your CEs, the inventory list is a searchable, customizable way to look at your device and circuit data. Plus, it's a quick way to pull up lots of additional details on each service ID. For instance, by clicking the blue "Metrics" link associated with a service ID, you can immediately see path selection, E2E/P2P paths, etcs.

To get to the inventory list, do the following:

  1. Click the Reports tile, then click the Network Performance Reports subtile.
  1. Click Network Performance (PTAP).

    Control Center opens a separate window for CenturyLink PTAP.
  1. Click Inventory List on the top of the dashboard (above the map).

    The PTAP Tool lists all your endpoints (CEs).
  1. To make changes to how your inventory is displayed, you can sort and/or filter the list:

Sorting your inventory

To sort the list, do any of the following:

  • To sort the list by a particular column, click the column header.

  • To reorder the columns, click and drag the column header left or right.

  • To add or remove columns, hover over the column header and click the down arrow that appears. Then, click Columns and select (to add) or clear (to remove) a column) the checkbox for a column.

Filtering your inventory

To filter the list, click List Filter and do any of the following:

  • To show only particular types of service, select (or clear) the checkboxes in the Services section.

  • To filter by network (UNI) or EVC (ethernet virtual circuit), select an option from the drop-down list. (To remove the filter, select All from the list.)

  • To filter the view to show endpoints (CEs) in a particular state, select the an option from the State list.

  • To filter for a particular device, use the list to select the way you'd like to search for the device (e.g., Service ID Starts With or Port Alias Contains), and then fill in the information for the device. (You need to type at least 3 characters for the filter to start working.)

To filter using a column, hover over the column header and click the down arrow that appears. Then, select the Filters check box and type your filter criteria in the field.

When you click the blue Metrics link associated with a particular service ID, PTAP displays a window, like the example, with three main areas:

Area 1: Path Selection

Path selection: If the “From” selected device (CE) provides E2E service, then the CE path can terminate at multiple other customer endpoints—assuming there are other CEs that provide E2E service in this enterprise. If so, then a different “To” location can be selected in the “To” drop down. The paths and devices in the grids will automatically change when a new “To” device is selected.

Area 2: E2E / P2P Paths

E2E/P2P paths: This grid contains the individual P2P paths and the complete E2E path. Use it to navigate to the active (circuit) metrics reports. Active metrics for performance across paths (circuits) between devices is collected by special monitoring equipment such as a BRIX verifier.

Area 3: Devices

Devices: This grid contains the devices along the path. Use it to navigate to the passive (device) metrics reports. Passive metrics are the data collected from devices such as routers that are located at the endpoints of the circuits.

You might also want to know how to identify your top hitters, view averaged metrics at a glance or view summary metrics for a specific point in time. If you're not already doing it, you can create threshold rules to monitor changes in your network and use map filters to drill down to the results you want most.