SolarWinds Platform Maps for SolarWinds Platform products
This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:
Hybrid Cloud Observability Essentials — Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced
NAM — NPM — NTA — SAM — UDT — VMAN — VNQM — WPM
SolarWinds Platform Maps are a troubleshooting feature that displays a map of physical and logical relationships between entities monitored by the SolarWinds Platform products you have installed. SolarWinds Platform Maps help you quickly isolate and identify critical health and performance issues.
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SolarWinds Platform Map types
Auto-generated maps are accessible through automatically generated sub-views that display contextual relationships for monitored entities in the SolarWinds Platform. From an entity's details page, click the Map subview to display a map of relationships relevant for the entity.
Starting with Orion Platform 2019.2, custom maps can be created from the web-based Maps Editor and displayed on any SolarWinds Platform Web Console using the SolarWinds Platform Maps widget. Select entities to map and the SolarWinds Platform Maps feature displays physical and logical relationships between them. You can add the custom map on any SolarWinds Platform Web Console view using the Orion Map widget.
These auto-generated maps are available in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as a subview on any entity details page, and display an entity's immediate dependencies, topology, or application connections between entities.
Auto-generated SolarWinds Platform Maps are created without any user intervention: entities are added or removed as changes occur in the environment.
The contextual maps allow users to extend the maps using identified relationships for troubleshooting purposes. If desired, this can be used to see a custom map in the map editor, but due to the dynamic nature of the auto-generated maps, layouts and other changes do not persist.
To access auto-generated SolarWinds Platform 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.|
Canvas: Displays the map of relationships of the entity.
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).
Healthy topology connection: For topology connections, the line width represents the interface bandwidth. T
|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.
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).
Tools to adjust the map: Zoom in, zoom out, pan, or change layout. See Adjust the Orion Map.
When you open the Map from an entity details page, the Inspector Panel only displays the entity name, IP, vendor, and machine type.
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.
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.|
Starting with Orion Platform 2019.2, you can create SolarWinds Platform Maps either based on the auto-generated maps, or from scratch.
You can set permissions for individual users to access SolarWinds Platform Maps and create, manage, or edit customized maps.
To access SolarWinds Platform Maps created by users, click My Dashboards > SolarWinds Platform Maps in the Home section.
List of maps: Review available SolarWinds Platform Maps. By default, the list shows maps created by you. If you have Administrator rights, you can display SolarWinds Platform Maps created by other users (4).
Click a map name to view the map (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 SolarWinds Platform 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.|
Edit mode is where you create or edit maps. To enter Edit mode:
|1||Entity Library: Drag entities from the library to the canvas.|
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.
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.
Map controls: Zoom in, zoom out, and center and adjust the map to the view.
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.|
Inspector Panel: Displays details about the entity or connection selected on the map. See Inspector Panel above.
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.
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.
Button bar: Click Share to copy the map address to the clipboard, click More > Edit to switch to Edit mode.
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 else can you do with SolarWinds Platform Maps?
- Set account permissions for maps users to view and manage SolarWinds Platform Maps.
- View details for entities on mapped entities, such as the Map Summary, connected entities, dependent entities, related alerts, or VMAN recommendations
- View connections between displayed entities, such as topology connections, application dependency connections, or Orion dependency connections
- Customize the auto-generated maps, such as add/remove related entities, create a group from mapped entities
- Adjust the auto-generated map by zooming in, zooming out, or panning
- Create a custom Orion Map, add entities, adjust their position, and save the map
- Add the Orion Map to your views as a widget
- Create a custom alert based on the SolarWinds Platform Maps entity
- Send mapped objects via email as a report and send the Orion Map as a PDF
- Review historical data of past events within configured maps, such as an entity's down time, alerts, and status.