The project develops extensions to the SkyNMS network management system, used to support configuration, line-up and operation of VSAT networks based on the SkyWAN® product family.
The objectives of these additions are to:
It has to be ensured, that exported and uploaded configurations pass all consistency checks successfully.
If the automatic upload fails, a procedure has to ensure that recycles are limited and a log message is written.
For flexibility in usage, the consistency check with a centrally stored configuration shall, under central operator control, be enabled/disabled for individual stations.
Setup and configuration control of SkyWAN Master, Backup Master and Slave stations must be handled, while keeping the automatic backup switchover.
Network wide configuration consistency must be enforced.
The major benefits of the SkyNMS extensions are:
SkyNMS provides network management support and applications that are used to prepare and check configurations, upload configurations to remote stations and facilitate the station line-up for the installer.
The operator is supported by additional monitoring utilities, automated checks and upload procedures, while the centralised control guarantees consistency and security of network configurations.
Different modes of line-up.
The complexity of line-up at the remote side is reduced. The steps to commission a SkyWAN station are minimised. After the initial antenna pointing and ODU power setting, the installer is supported by the SkyNMS and uploads a selected, prepared configuration.
Centralized Network Configuration.
In case of mismatch, the configuration stored in the SkyNMS is transferred to the affected SkyWAN station.
A software daemon performs mismatch detection and automatic upload initiation. It generates a complete configuration for affected station, transfers this configuration to the station, activates it and verifies success.
Additional Internal Checks of Configuration Files.
Configurations are checked in SkyNMS before upload to the SkyWAN stations. Checks cover individual station configurations as well as configuration profiles on network level.
Visualization of Uploads / of configuration status
Network Configurator capabilities
Network Configurator GUI
The complete project is subdivided into the following parts:
Additional functionality is implemented in SkyWAN IDU software, SkyNMS Basic and Specific Applications and provided to the user with a new SkyWAN and SkyNMS software release.
The project has been finalised, the developments completed.
The new functionality developed is integrated in the basic SkyNMS software package. As such, it supports management and operation of networks and includes tools for line-up and remote network access. With the new Configuration Manager, advance planning and offline administration of configurations extends the use for the operator.