Orion Maps for Orion Platform products

This Orion Platform topic applies only to the following products:


Orion Maps automatically generate contextual maps that display critical relationships for monitored entities in Orion. You can access these contextual maps from the Map subview on entity details pages.

Starting with Orion Platform 2019.2, you can create your own custom Orion Maps and display them in any Orion Web Console view using the Orion Map widget.

Orion Maps support virtually any entity monitored by the Orion Platform, depending on the Orion Platform products you have installed.

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, using NPM Topology, SAM Application Dependencies, and other relationship information to quickly isolate and identify critical health and performance issues.

The Orion Platform creates the map without any user intervention, and adds or removes entities 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 in the subviews menu on the Details view of the entity to display the Orion Map.

Canvas: Displays the map of relationships of the entity.


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

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

To see 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).


Healthy topology connection: For topology connections, the line width represents the interface bandwidth and the "metric pill" displays the outbound traffic and percent utilization.

The pill can also display errors and discards if polled values for the metric exceed the threshold.

See Understand connections on Orion Maps.


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

Hover over the metric pill to display tooltips.

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


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


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

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

  • To see more details about an entity, click the navigation bars in the Inspector Panel (8, 9, 10, 11).
  • To see details for a mapped entity, select the entity on the map.
  • To see more details about a connection, select it on the map. The details displayed in the Inspector Panel depend on the connection type.
  • To see all entities on the map, click into the map. The Inspector Panel displays the Map Summary, a list of all entities on the map.
8 Related: Displays entities related to the selected entity in any relation: descendants, ancestors, and dependencies.
9 Connected: Displays entities connected to the selected entity by a protocol-based relationship or actual data flow, such as topology (NPM) or Application Dependency Connections (SAM).
10 Alerts: Displays a list of active alerts associated with the entity.
11 Recommendations (only with VMAN): If you have VMAN installed, this section presents recommendations for the entity.

User-generated 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 and edit maps from the Maps view

To access user-generated Orion Maps, click My Dashboards > Orion Maps in the Home section.

On the Maps view, you can see a list of Orion Maps created by you.


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 by other users (4).

Click a map name to display the map in the View mode.


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


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

4 All Users:Toggle to display all maps or only maps created by you. This toggle is available only to users with Administrator privileges.

Add entities or adjust connections in the Edit mode

Edit mode is a special view where you can create or edit maps. To enter the Edit view:

  • On the Maps view, select a map and click Edit.
  • When in the View mode, click More > Edit.

1 Entity Library: Use the filter and search boxes to find entities to add to the map. Drag entities from the library to the canvas

Canvas: This is your map. Place entities to the correct position. If there are relationships between entities on the map, they are automatically displayed.


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 the View mode.


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 the View mode

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

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

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 a mapped 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 checkboxes. This is only available from the auto-generated map subviews


Popup: Hover over a mapped 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.


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

5 Map controls:
=Zoom in.
-Zoom out.
DelRemove the selected entity from the map.
Ctrl + SSave the map.
Ctrl + Shift + SSave the map under a new name.
Space barPan.
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 on Orion Maps?