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Intelligent Maps for SolarWinds Platform products

This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced


Intelligent 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. Intelligent Maps help you quickly isolate and identify critical health and performance issues.

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Intelligent Map types

Auto-generated Intelligent Maps

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.

Custom Intelligent Maps

Custom maps can be created from the web-based Maps Editor and displayed on any SolarWinds Platform Web Console using the Maps widget. Select entities to map and the Intelligent Maps feature displays physical and logical relationships between them. You can add the custom map on any SolarWinds Platform Web Console view using the Map widget.

Auto-generated Intelligent Maps

These auto-generated maps are available in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as a subview on any entity details page. They display an entity's immediate dependencies, topology, or application connections between entities.

Auto-generated Intelligent 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 Intelligent 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

See Understand connections on Intelligent 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.


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.


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.

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.

Custom Intelligent Maps

You can create Intelligent Maps either based on the auto-generated maps, or from scratch.

You can set permissions for individual users to access Intelligent Maps and create, manage, or edit customized maps.

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

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


List of maps: Review available Intelligent Maps. By default, the list shows maps created by you and public maps.

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 Intelligent Maps. Sort maps by name, time since last update, or creation date.

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.

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.

Shortcut Explanation
+ Zoom in.
- Zoom out.
Ctrl + Mouse wheel up Zoom in.
Ctrl + Mouse wheel down Zoom out.
Space bar + Click + Drag Pan the map in the viewport.
Map Editor Only

Remove the selected object(s) from the map. Excludes auto-discovered connections.

Ctrl + S Save the map.
Ctrl + Shift + S Save the map under a new name.
Esc Clears object selection.
Arrows Nudge the selected object.
Shift + arrows Move the selected object.
Ctrl + Z Undo previous map modification
Ctrl + Y Redo previously undone map modification

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.

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.
  • Click a connection to display details, such as In/Out traffic, utilization, errors/discards, or bandwidth for interfaces used by the selected connection.

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.

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

Find maps featuring a specific node

  1. Go to Maps management. Click My Dashboards > Home > Maps.

  2. In Filters, expand Child Entity and start typing the node name into the Entity name box and click the Search button.

    The list of maps will be filtered to only display maps including an entity with the entered string in its name.

Map widget

When you create a custom Intelligent Map, you can add it to a view using the Map widget.

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

What else can you do with Intelligent Maps?