View details for Orion Platform entities on Orion Maps

This Orion Platform topic applies only to the following products:

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The Orion Maps feature provides the following details:

You can also customize the maps. To learn more, see the section on working with entities.

View all entities on the map

Click into an empty space on the map to display the Map Summary in the Inspector Panel.

The Map Summary lists all objects on the current map.

View related entities

On an Orion Map, select an entity. The entity name is displayed in the Inspector Panel.

Click the icon for related entities. The Inspector Panel lists all related entities. Listed entities with the check box selected are already displayed on the map.

You can further filter the related entities to display:

  • Descendents (1)
  • Ancestors (2)
  • Dependencies (3)
  • Or any combination of the above items

    What are descendents and ancestors?
    For example, if you select a server hosting a virtual machine, the virtual machine will be listed as a descendant of the server. If you click ancestors for the host, you will see entities such as a cluster, datacenter, or vCenter server.

Use the Sort, Show, and Search boxes to fine-tune the list of related entities.

View connected entities

On an Orion Map, select an entity. The entity name is displayed in the Inspector Panel.

Click the icon for connected entities. The Inspector Panel lists entities connected to the selected entity by a protocol-based relationship or actual data flow, such as topology (NPM) or Application Dependency Connections (SAM). Listed entities with the check box selected are already displayed on the map.

Use the Sort, Show, and Search boxes to fine-tune the list of related entities.

View alerts for the entity

In Orion Maps, you can see all active alerts for the selected entity.

  1. On an Orion Map, select an entity. The entity name is displayed in the Inspector Panel.
  2. Click the Alerts tab (alarm bell icon).
  3. To filter alerts, click the alert group(s) to be listed: Critical, Warning, or Informational. By default, the Inspector Panel displays all active alerts. You can sort and search the alerts.
  4. To see more details about an alert, click the alert name. The Active Alert Details page opens in a new browser window.

View recommendations for the entity (VMAN)

If you have VMAN installed, the Inspector Panel displays VMAN recommendations.

On an Orion Map, select an entity. The entity name is displayed in the Inspector Panel.

Click the Recommendations tab to review recommendations for the entity. Click a recommendation to open the recommendation in a pop-up window, see more details, and apply it if appropriate.

View groups on Orion Maps

Although groups are treated as an entity just like an interface, volume, node, or any other object monitored in Orion Platform products, Orion Maps for groups are slightly different - they do not show all related entities.

The Map subview for groups only shows connections between the member objects in the group.

If you create groups using dynamic queries, the Map subview for the group automatically updates as new members are monitored in the Orion Platform.

Work with entities on Orion Maps

You can customize Orion Maps to include other entities:

Display details of a mapped entity in the Inspector Panel

Click an entity on the map. The entity is selected, its details are displayed in the Inspector Panel, and the map changes focus.

You can list related entities, connected entities, alerts, and recommendations (VMAN) for it.

Go to an entity from the Inspector Panel

Next to the entities on the map, you can see a selected box in the Inspector Panel. To the right of the entity, you can see a chevron icon.

The Inspector Panel also lists related or connected entities. These have an empty box next to them.

Click the chevron icon for an entity listed in the Inspector Panel. The entity becomes selected in the map and the Inspector Panel displays details for it: related and connected entities, alerts, and/or VMAN recommendations.

Locate an entity on the map

  1. Press the Alt key. The chevron icons in the Inspector Panel change into the center icon.
  2. Click the center icon for the entity to center the map around.

    The map centers around the entity.

Add entities to the map from the Inspector Panel

In the Inspector Panel, review the boxes for entities. A grey box marks the seed entity that you cannot remove from the map. The name of the seed entity is also in the map title.

  • If a box is selected (blue with a checkmark), the entity is displayed on the map.
  • If a box is not selected, you can add the entity to the map.

To add an entity to the map, select the box and click Apply.

Automatically add related data on the map

To automatically add relational data as if you went to the contextual view on a details page for an entity, use the Map It feature.

  1. On the Orion Map, hover over an entity and hold the Alt key pressed.
  2. Click the Map It icon. Related entities are added on the map.

    You can also go to the entity details page by clicking the home icon.

Open an entity in PerfStack

To view performance metrics for a mapped entity, open the entity in PerfStack.

  1. On the Orion Map, hover over an entity and hold the Alt key pressed.

  2. Click the PerfStack icon.

The selected entity with default metrics opens as a new Analysis project.

Remove an entity from the map

From the Inspector Panel

Clear the blue box for the entity in the Inspector Panel, and click Apply.

From the map

  1. Hover over an entity on the map.
  2. Keep the Alt key pressed and click the x icon.

The entity and connected entity is removed from the Orion Map.

Revert an action

When you apply your changes on the map, the Revert button in the top right corner of the map becomes active.

Click the Revert button to undo the last action.

Save entities on a map as a group

You can create groups from entities on a map.

  1. Make sure the map displays entities for the group.
  2. Click Save > Save as New Group.
  3. Provide a name for the group. The group details view opens.

    To add entities to the group, open the map for the group. On the Maps subview, adjust the map, and then click Save > Update This Group.