Orion Maps for Orion Platform products

This Orion Platform topic applies only to the following products:

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Orion Maps are a troubleshooting feature that displays a map of physical and logical relationships between entities monitored by the Orion Platform products you have installed. Orion Maps help you quickly isolate and identify critical health and performance issues.

Orion Map types

Auto-generated Orion Maps

Orion Maps automatically generate contextual maps that display critical relationships for monitored entities in the Orion Platform. Go to an entity details page and click the Map subview to display a map of relationships relevant for the entity.

Custom Orion Maps

Starting with Orion Platform 2019.2, you can create custom Orion Maps. Select entities to map and the Orion Maps feature displays physical and logical relationships between them. You can add the custom map on any Orion Web Console view using the Orion Map widget.

Auto-generated Orion Maps

The auto-generated Orion Maps open in the Orion Web Console as a subview and display both physical and logical relationships between entities.

Auto-generated Orion Maps are created without any user intervention: entities are added or removed as changes occur in the environment.

To access auto-generated Orion Maps, go to an entity Details view and click the Map subview in the menu on the left.

1 Map icon: Click the icon to view the Orion Map.
2

Canvas: Displays the map of relationships of the entity.

3

Seed object: The entity whose relationships the map displays. This is the entity from which you accessed the map.

The color or the ring around the entity signifies the entity health, based on thresholds set for the entity. See Thresholds for details.

For more details about an entity on the map, click the entity. The map adjusts accordingly and details about the entity are displayed in the Inspector Panel (7).

4

Healthy topology connection: For topology connections, the line width represents the interface bandwidth. T

See Understand connections on Orion Maps.

5 Metric pill: By default, it displays the outbound traffic and percent utilization. If polled values for the metric exceed the threshold, the pill displays errors and discards.

Hover over the metric pill to show which metric it displays.

6

Connection with issues: The color signifies that a threshold has been exceeded. Yellow means warning and red signifies a critical threshold. See Thresholds for more details.

Click the connection to see details in the Inspector Panel (8).

7

Tools to adjust the map: Zoom in, zoom out, pan, or change layout. See Adjust the Orion Map.

8

Inspector Panel: Displays details about the entity or connection selected on the map, according to the active navigation bar.

When you open the Map from an entity details page, the Inspector Panel only displays the entity name, IP, vendor, and machine type.

  • To show more details about an entity, click the navigation bars in the Inspector Panel (8, 9, 10, 11).
  • To show more details about a connection, select it on the map. The details displayed in the Inspector Panel depend on the connection type.
  • To show all entities on the map, click into the map. The Inspector Panel displays a list of all entities on the map called the Map Summary.
9

Related: Click this button to display entities related to the selected entity in the Inspector Panel: descendants, ancestors, and dependencies.

To add a related entity to the map, select the check box in front of the entity, and click Apply.

10

Connected: Click this button to display entities connected to the selected entity by a protocol-based relationship or actual data flow, such as topology (NPM) or Application Dependency Connections (SAM), in the Inspector Panel.

To add a connected entity to the map, select the check box in front of the entity, and click Apply.

11 Alerts: Click this button to display a list of active alerts associated with the entity in the Inspector Panel.
12 Recommendations (only with VMAN): If you have VMAN installed, this section presents recommendations for the entity.

Custom Orion Maps

Starting with Orion Platform 2019.2, you can create Orion Maps either based on the auto-generated maps, or from scratch.

View a list of maps, create maps, and edit maps from the Maps view

To access Orion Maps created by users, click My Dashboards > Orion Maps in the Home section.

1

List of maps: Review available Orion Maps. By default, the list shows maps created by you. If you have Administrator rights, you can display Orion Maps created by other users (4).

Click a map name to view the map (View mode).

2

Button bar: Create a new map, or select a map in the list (1) and edit or delete it.

3

Sort, filter, and search controls: Use the filter and search options to find Orion Maps. Sort maps by name, time since last update, or creation date.

4 All Users: Toggle to display all maps or only maps created by you. This toggle is available only to administrators.

Add entities or adjust connections in Edit mode

Edit mode is where you create or edit maps. To enter Edit mode:

1 Entity Library: Drag entities from the library to the canvas.
2

Canvas: Place entities in the correct position. If there are relationships between entities on the map, the connections are automatically added to the map as well.

3

Button bar: Save the map or use commands in the More menu, such as create a new map, save the map under another name, delete the map, or switch to View mode.

4

Map controls: Zoom in, zoom out, and center and adjust the map to the view.

Shortcut Explanation
= Zoom in.
- Zoom out.
Del Remove the selected entity from the map.
Ctrl + S Save the map.
Ctrl + Shift + S Save the map under a new name.
Space bar + mouse Pan.
Esc Remove entity selection.
arrows Nudge the selected entity.
Shift + arrows Move the selected entity.

View popups and display details on mapped entities in View mode

View mode displays a full screen view of user-created maps for easy troubleshooting and investigation.

1 Entity: Click an entity to display details in the Inspector Panel.
2

Inspector Panel: Displays details about the entity or connection selected on the map. See Inspector Panel above.

  • Click inside the canvas to review mapped entities on the Map Summary.
  • Click an entity to view related and connected entities.
  • Review alerts.
  • If you have VMAN installed, review VMAN recommendations.

In the View mode, you cannot add related entities to the map. Entities in the Inspector Panel do not have check boxes. This is only available from the auto-generated map subviews.

3

Popup: Hover over an entity to see additional details.

You can also execute commands from the command menu, such as go to details view, edit the entity, mute alerts for the entity, or unmanage the entity.

4

Button bar: Click Share to copy the map address to the clipboard, click More > Edit to switch to Edit mode.

5 Map controls:
=Zoom in.
-Zoom out.
EscRemove entity selection.

Orion Map widget

When you create a custom Orion Map, you can add it to a view in the Orion Map widget.

Click an entity on the map to go to the entity details view.

Hover over an entity to display a popover, or to run commands for the entity from the Commands drop-down.

What can you do with Orion Maps?