iBGPlay as a Next Generation Looking GlassNetwork operators usually use LookingGlasses to perform troubleshooting or other network management activity. A strong limitation of LookingGlasses is its inability to show past routing events. Also, those tools present routing information in a textual form, which may be hard to understand. iBGPlay, as a Next Generation Looking Glass, can give the following features that LookingGlasses do not have:
- Current and historical routing analysis
- Visualization and graphical animation of current routing status and historic events
- Real-time and continuous routing monitoring
- Flexible search of prefixes by AS number, description, dns names, next-hop, most active origns, etc.
How to set up iBGPlay as a publicy available Next Generation Looking Glass
The users who have iBGPlay, FULL or LITE version, can easily set up iBGPlay for public use as a Java applet. To do that, proceed as follows. You need a Web server hosting the site where you will publish the applet. For iBGPlay to work as applet, you need to build a "signed" applet. Details follow (you need Java jdk 1.6)
- Get the .jar file of the client from the downloaded package
- if you have a FULL version you find it in the package you downloaded
- if you have a LITE version you can download the client from your login page
- use the keytool of JDK to create a certificate as in the following example:
- keytool -dname "cn=iBGPlay, ou=Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica e Automazione, o=Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, l=Roma, st=RM, c=IT" -genkey -alias signApplet -keystore myKeyStore -validity 999 -keypass 1234abcd -storepass abcde1234;
- you can find details here
- sign the .jar file of the client with the following command
- jarsigner -keystore myKeyStore -storepass abcde1234 -keypass 1234abcd -signedjar signed_ibgp_client_obf.jar ibgp_client.jar signapplet;
- you can find details here
- copy the signed .jar and the cfg/ directory in your web site.
A possible directory tree
| |-- .... do not change the configuration files!
| `-- ....
<title>iBGPlay - Next Generation Looking Glass\</title>
<frameset rows="*,0" border="0">
<frame name="main" src="main.html">
<frame name="applet" src="about:blank">
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<title>iBGPlay - Next Generation Looking Glass</title>
<h1>iBGPlay - ng Looking Glass</h1>
<p>The applet should start automatically. If this does not happen, you can start it manually by
clicking <a href="./startApplet.html" target="applet">here</a>.</p>
<br/> Note that <a href="http://www.java.com/it/download/index.jsp">java jre 1.6 plugin</a> is
<form name="myform" action="./startApplet.html" target="applet"> </form>
<p>For further information about iBGPlay visit</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.ibgplay.org">www.ibgplay.org</a></p>
<p> If you have any question or comment about the system, please contact <a
href="mailto:.....?SUBJECT=iBGPlay looking glass">.......</a></p>
<APPLET code="client.control.rbgp.ReverseBGPlayController.class" codebase="." height="600"