Topology Map Views

This section is common to all editions of IT360 - Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition (Central and Probes), MSP Edition (Central and Probes).

ManageEngine IT360 supports the concept of Topology Map View as a means to view data in graphical format. It is used to represent network devices and servers. It is used to represent a limited number, say, a critical set of network devices and servers. Being a logical entity, you can group a certain set of network devices and servers of your choice under a Map View and also associate links between them. You use Maps View when you want to view, say, a small number of network devices and servers that are otherwise spread across the globe or across different locations. You may also create a sub map view within a map and display the same as a shortcut icon in a Map View.

Background images [global maps, etc..] can be used for the Map View using the available default images or, you may import your own background image.

You may also create any number of Maps [and sub maps]. Any sub map is shown as a shortcut icon in a Map View.

The below topics are discussed here:

  1. Creating a Topology Map View

  2. Viewing a Topology Map View

  3. Editing / Deleting a Topology Map View

  4. Relationship between Topology Map Views (MV) and Business Service Groups [BSG]

  5. Differences between Topology Map Views (MVs), Business Service Groups (BSGs) and Business Views (BVs)

  6. Users and Roles for Topology Map Views

  7. Reports

The steps to create / edit / delete a Map View is essentially the same for all editions of IT360 - Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition [Central Server and Probes] and MSP Edition [Central Server and Probes].

1. Creating a Topology Map View

  1. Under 'Dashboard', click the Topology Map dropdown and then click New Map View. A form pops up, as shown below:

  1. Enter the Map View Name.

  2. Select the Background map from the drop down list [or, click on the Browse button to import a map / image of your choice; you may even keep the background blank by not selecting any image].

  3. [This step is applicable only for MSP Edition] Select the appropriate Site from the list.

  4. Select the device Category from the dropdown from the list of all network devices / servers.

  5. Select the required network devices / servers. Select the device and click the >> symbol [You may select all network devices or deselect all network devices using the appropriate check box provided]

  6. Click Done.

You now see the Map View with the selected network devices and background image. The Map View is now seen in the Edit mode (shown below). The following actions are supported from the edit mode:

After performing the desired actions, you may save the map by clicking on the Save button.

2. Viewing a Topology Map View

  1. The Map View list is shown under 'Dashboard -> Topology Map'. Click the dropdown and then click the required topology map link.

  1. The map is shown as below. Hover the mouse over the devices to view its details. See the next section for editing and deleting the map views.

3. Editing / Deleting a Topology Map View

  1. Under Dashboard click the Topology Map dropdown and then click the required topology map link. The selected Map View is displayed with the Edit and Delete buttons on the top right corner of the Map View (see the above screenshot).

  2. Click the Edit button to modify the Map View as required.

  3. Click the Delete button to delete the Map View.

  4. After performing the desired actions, you may save the map by clicking on the Save button.

4. Relationship between Topology Map Views (MV) and Business Service Groups [BSG]

You create a Topology Map View, its BSG is created automatically and by default, and bears the same name as that of the MV. The BSG has all the network devices and servers of the MV. Since a BSG is created, a corresponding Networks Business View (BV) is created with the network devices. Any changes done in MV with respect to network device and servers in runtime is reflected in the BSG and vice versa. [Exception to this rule: Does not apply to Applications, Interfaces and VMs added / deleted / modified in the BSG]

Any shortcut in the MV automatically becomes a sub group in the BSG.

Similarly, when you create a BSG its MV is automatically created [if the Create Map View check box is enabled. Even if the Map View is not created for that BSG during the BSG creation, the same can be created anytime by editing the BSG and selecting the Create Map View check box. Any sub group in the BSG becomes a shortcut in the MV. Any applications, Interfaces and VMs in the BSG is not carried to the MV.

You may add applications, Interfaces and VMs in a BSG that was auto created from a MV.

5. Differences between Topology Map Views (MVs), Business Service Groups (BSGs) and Business Views (BVs)

A Topology Map View [MV] is a logical collection of network devices and servers, with a background image. You may create subgroups to a BSG. Any sub group of a BSG is shown as a shortcut in the MV.

A Business Service Group [BSG] is also a logical collection of network devices and servers and applications, Interfaces and VMs. You may create subgroups to a BSG and is shown as a sub group in the parent BSG with a parent child relationship.

When you create a MV its corresponding BSG is created with the same set of servers and network devices of the MV. Similarly, when you create a BSG its corresponding MV is created automatically [if the create Map View check box is enabled]. However, the MV will have only the same set of servers and network devices. Any applications, Interfaces, or VMs that were a part of BSG is not included in the MV.

A Business View has only an indirect relationship with Map View. You create a Map View, its BSG is created and a Business View [BV] is created automatically for every BSG that is created. The BV shows all the network devices that were a part of the BSG.

6. Users and Roles for Topology Map Views

Note: From a BSG perspective, any Operator user assigned to BSGs, will automatically have Read-Only access to the corresponding Map Views.

7. Reports

Currently, Reports are not applicable for Map Views. However, you may generate reports of the corresponding BSGs from the Reports module.



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