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L2 polling

L2 Polling is one in a series of initial setup windows designed to help you get your FortiNAC program up and running as quickly as possible. Similar functions exist in other parts of the software, but this window provides access to the most essential configuration information.

This window displays devices that were added either manually or through Discovery on the Network Devices window. As devices are added they are evaluated. Any device that is capable of L2 polling (polling hosts) is immediately placed in either the L2 Wired Devices or L2 Wireless Devices sub-group. These are default groups that are created in the database and populated for you. Devices that are not in one of these groups do not display on the L2 Network Devices window.

L2 Network Devices listed here are configured to poll network hosts and discover their IP addresses. The default polling interval is 10 minutes for wireless devices and one hour for wired devices. Devices displayed here can be added to or removed from the L2 Network Device Groups and their polling settings can be modified.

To access click Network Devices > L2 Polling (Resync Hosts).

Settings

Fields used in filters are also defined in this table.

Field

Definition

Name

Name of the selected device.

#

Indicates the order of display.

Type

Indicates the type of devices, such as, switch, printer, router, etc.

IP address

IP address of the selected device. IP addresses or Address Ranges are used to add or discover devices.

Status

Indicates whether or not communication has been established with the device. Displays either Established or Lost.

Groups

Indicates that the device is a member of the groups listed.

Views

Series of icons that can be clicked to provide additional details about the selected device. Icons provide access to Device Properties, group membership and Ports and Hosts. Click an icon to access the view.

L2 Polling

Indicates whether or not L2 polling is enabled and the time interval between polls.

L2 Last Polled

Date and time of the last polling attempt, regardless of whether it was successful or not.

L2 Last Poll Success

Date and time of the last successful poll.

Container

Container in the Topology where the device is stored. Containers are a grouping mechanism similar to folders.

Right click options

Export

Exports data to a file in the default downloads location. File types include CSV, Excel, PDF, or RTF. See Export data.

Add To Group

Adds selected devices to a user specified device group.

Remove From Group

Removes selected devices from a user specified group.

Set Polling

Allows you to enable or disable polling and set the polling time interval for the selected device(s).

Poll Now

Polls selected devices immediately instead of waiting for the next poll interval.

Set L2 polling

  1. Click Network Devices > L2 Polling (Resync Hosts).
  2. The L2 Network Devices window displays.
  3. Select one or more devices from the list. To select all devices, click Select All.
  4. Click Set Polling.
  5. Use the Enable Polling check box to enable or disable polling for the selected device.
  6. If polling is enabled, select a time interval to control how often polling should occur. The interval can be set in Hours or Minutes.
  7. Click OK.

L2 polling

L2 Polling is one in a series of initial setup windows designed to help you get your FortiNAC program up and running as quickly as possible. Similar functions exist in other parts of the software, but this window provides access to the most essential configuration information.

This window displays devices that were added either manually or through Discovery on the Network Devices window. As devices are added they are evaluated. Any device that is capable of L2 polling (polling hosts) is immediately placed in either the L2 Wired Devices or L2 Wireless Devices sub-group. These are default groups that are created in the database and populated for you. Devices that are not in one of these groups do not display on the L2 Network Devices window.

L2 Network Devices listed here are configured to poll network hosts and discover their IP addresses. The default polling interval is 10 minutes for wireless devices and one hour for wired devices. Devices displayed here can be added to or removed from the L2 Network Device Groups and their polling settings can be modified.

To access click Network Devices > L2 Polling (Resync Hosts).

Settings

Fields used in filters are also defined in this table.

Field

Definition

Name

Name of the selected device.

#

Indicates the order of display.

Type

Indicates the type of devices, such as, switch, printer, router, etc.

IP address

IP address of the selected device. IP addresses or Address Ranges are used to add or discover devices.

Status

Indicates whether or not communication has been established with the device. Displays either Established or Lost.

Groups

Indicates that the device is a member of the groups listed.

Views

Series of icons that can be clicked to provide additional details about the selected device. Icons provide access to Device Properties, group membership and Ports and Hosts. Click an icon to access the view.

L2 Polling

Indicates whether or not L2 polling is enabled and the time interval between polls.

L2 Last Polled

Date and time of the last polling attempt, regardless of whether it was successful or not.

L2 Last Poll Success

Date and time of the last successful poll.

Container

Container in the Topology where the device is stored. Containers are a grouping mechanism similar to folders.

Right click options

Export

Exports data to a file in the default downloads location. File types include CSV, Excel, PDF, or RTF. See Export data.

Add To Group

Adds selected devices to a user specified device group.

Remove From Group

Removes selected devices from a user specified group.

Set Polling

Allows you to enable or disable polling and set the polling time interval for the selected device(s).

Poll Now

Polls selected devices immediately instead of waiting for the next poll interval.

Set L2 polling

  1. Click Network Devices > L2 Polling (Resync Hosts).
  2. The L2 Network Devices window displays.
  3. Select one or more devices from the list. To select all devices, click Select All.
  4. Click Set Polling.
  5. Use the Enable Polling check box to enable or disable polling for the selected device.
  6. If polling is enabled, select a time interval to control how often polling should occur. The interval can be set in Hours or Minutes.
  7. Click OK.