Some will say that LMS (LAN Management Solution) is the past, that it is heading out, too convoluted, almost obsolete and that one should move to Prime Infrastructure because Cisco claims that it is already the present. All that is true, however, there are still some things that might make you think otherwise.
PI is supposed to incorporate all of the tasks and jobs that you were able to perform with NCS and LMS, or so we were told when Cisco announced Prime quite some time ago. However, this is not yet fully true.
As we were told by Cisco, all the functionalities of WCS (Wireless Control System), NCS (Network Control System) and LMS would be incorporated into Prime Infrastructure, but as of April 2014, PI 2.0 still does not incorporate Topology View. All those functionalities coming from NCS seem to be already ported to PI. This FAQ taken from the Cisco support forums last year made us think that it would be available by the end of 2013:
That, obviously, did not happen. In this other post at their support forums, Cisco admits that the Network Topology Map functionality is still not available in PI 2.0, but claims that it is in their roadmap. So maybe, just maybe, it will be available in PI 2.1:
There are still many people out there that find it useful to see a topology map of their network. In some cases, this might be the ONLY reason why you still need to install an LMS. I recently faced a situation like that and so I had to install it.
This is the menu where you find the Network Topology Map:
This will toggle a rather slow, but useful java applet where you can perform these interesting tasks among others:
- View detailed network information about all devices, links and ports
- Display reports about inconsistencies or misconfigurations in your physical or logical network setup.
- View bandwidth utilization across the links in your network.