The capability of maps to expose logical relationships between the elements, capture minute changes in their state, and clearly display cumbersome networks make maps an integral component of the Application Client.
By default, Web NMS provides a set of maps that can be viewed in the Application Client. This topic explains the default maps and the operations that you can perform in those maps.
Apart from the default maps, tailor-made maps can also be created to arrange a set of device logically (based on a hierarchy), organize devices with growing level of network, or create maps specific to individual users. To perform map creation and customization, you need permission as a user. Contact your system administrator to know the privileges of your user account. For more information on creating custom maps, refer to Adding Custom Maps.
The default maps created in Application Client are:-
IPnet map: A map that depicts all the discovered networks and routers.
Sub-network map: A map that depicts a single network and its elements.
Switches map: A map that depicts all the switches discovered in a network.
Routers map: A map that depicts all the routers discovered in a network.
Printers map: A map that depicts all the printers discovered in a network.
Failed Systems map: A map that depicts all the failed devices in a network.
TL1 Panels: A map that depicts all the TL1 devices discovered in a network.
Differentiating IPnet map and Sub-network Maps
The IPnet map displays all the networks and routers discovered by Web NMS. It represents each network and router as distinct icons and also represents the logical connection between them. When you drill down a particular network, you can view the Sub-network. The Sub-network map is a distinct map which has sub-maps for each of its elements.
For example, if Web NMS has discovered 3 networks, say 192.168.1.0, 192.168.2.0, and 192.168.3.0. All these networks are represented as 3 different icons in the IPnet map. When one of the networks, say 192.168.1.0 is drilled down, you can view the Sub-network map which displays all the elements (switches, printers, nodes, etc.) in that particular network. Further, the 192.168.1.0 Sub-network map provides you sub-maps for each type of device discovered (switches, printer, nodes, etc.). Refer to the following image.
Understanding Objects and Symbols
An object is an entity or a resource discovered in a network which represents a device or an element in the network, a part/component in a device, or a specific part of the network itself. Each object has properties (attributes) that define that object. You can view the object properties from the map.
These objects are graphically represented in the map as symbols. These symbols are distinct for each type of device in the network and reflect the current status of that device in varied colors.
Hence, when a device is discovered, it is modeled as an object (device-specific attributes) and the same is depicted as a symbol in the map.