How to get started with Network Management

7 quick and easy steps to gain true network visibility and control.


Step 1. Deploy Auvik

Follow along with this video to deploy Auvik at your first site. Or, if you prefer download our step-by-step guide.

Step 2. Watch as Auvik discovers your network

Auvik identifies over 15,000 devices from 700+ vendors, updating your network map in real time. Initial discovery takes 5-15 minutes, depending on network size. Upon discovering devices, Auvik requests credentials for profiling, configuration capture, and statistics logging. Providing more credentials enhances mapping and monitoring accuracy.

Tip: Save time by adding common credentials, which Auvik automatically applies to matching devices, eliminating the need for manual input on each device.

Step 3. Explore your network

Explore the navigation

Navigation: Areas for viewing detail about your network

Admin: Areas for administering your devices or your Auvik account

Support: Access to our support options

Investigate device details and statistics

Click any device in your topology for its summary, displayed below the map. A title and menu bar separates the map and summary, indicating the device and offering various information views.

Select “Detailed View” on charts or graphs for in-depth statistics and alert correlations. Auvik shows live data by default; to view historical data, click the calendar icon in the device summary menu bar’s top right corner and set your desired timeframe.

Gain information at a glance

Blue wires depict Layer 1 connections, while black wires represent Layer 3 connections, indicating a known subnet without exact port mapping.

Hover over devices to view basic details like device type, name, IP address, and online status; click to see more information. For interface connections, hover to see MAC address and negotiated speed details.

Expand Nodes

Nodes, represented by icons on your map, are devices. A number badge on a node’s top corner indicates multiple nested devices within a collapsed node.

Hover over collapsed nodes for device details.
Click collapsed nodes to expand and view subtrees or common devices. Use the expand arrows in the map’s top-right corner to expand all collapsed nodes, and the collapse arrows to collapse them.

Zoom to the required level

Click the + tab in the top right corner of the map to zoom in on the topology and view details more closely.Click the – tab to zoom out.

Step 4. Try a map search or filter

Find search and filter tools in the top left corner of your map to explore your core network infrastructure:

  • Click the funnel icon to apply a default Auvik filter.
  • Select “Network Elements Only” filter to view core network connections.
  • To overlay logical topology on the physical:
  • Type VLAN in the search box; Auvik lists all detected networks.
  • Choose the first VLAN to highlight devices and edges configured for it.
  • Click Apply search as filter to display only devices on the chosen VLAN.

Filtering simplifies your view, focusing on specific segments.

Step 5. Customize alerts and notifications

Auvik offers pre-configured alerts, which can be edited, deleted, or supplemented with custom alerts via the “Manage Alerts” menu in the side navigation bar.

Select “All Alerts” to view a list of generated alerts, or click the bell icon in the top-right corner for recent notifications.

Note: Auvik displays the latest data by default. Use the calendar icon to access historical alerts.

Step 6. Document all of your network device configurations

In case of losing a switch or router configuration, avoid relying on memory during an outage.

Backups are crucial; they allow for restoration to the last known working configuration in the event of hardware failure or an incorrect deployment.

Step 7. Launch the terminal

Auvik provides secure remote access for network device management from any location.

Using Telnet or SSH-enabled devices, launch an in-browser terminal window from within Auvik. This terminal emulates standard network terminals.

Press the Terminal button on the device-specific menu bar to access it. For security, Auvik re-authenticates your account before opening the terminal.