Grouping Map Symbols
Each map displays symbols as icons that represent a device in that network. Hence, all icons, such as Printers, Switches, Routers, Nodes, and other devices are collectively called 'map symbols'.
You can group these map symbols to view devices within a local vicinity or to view devices sharing a logical connection. For example, you can group the devices in a particular locality that are being monitored by you or of your interest.
To group map symbols
Perform any of the following procedure:-
Follow this procedure to group map symbols only of your interest and not the complete set of map symbols in the map.
Open the map.
Select the map symbols in a map. You can click and drag your mouse over the map symbols or perform Ctrl+click for selective map symbols.
After selecting at least one map symbol, click Group Selected Symbols in the map toolbar.
The map symbols are grouped and the name and label of the group are assigned automatically.
Follow this procedure to group the complete set of map symbols in a map (not specific symbols).
Open the map.
From the Edit menu, choose No of Symbols Per Group.
In the dialog box that pops up, enter the number of map symbols to be placed in a group in the Enter Number Of Symbols Per Group field. Enter a minimum value of 1, but there is no restriction on the maximum number of symbols per group.
If you need to save the grouping pattern, select Save changes. If this option is not chosen, your grouping is temporary and will not exist when you reopen your Application Client.
All the map symbols in that map are grouped based on the number you set. For example, if you have set 4, then each group will have 4 symbols.
A group symbol is represented as . The group symbols also depict the current status of the device in that group. For example, if one of the nodes in that group is in Major state, then the group symbol is also depicted as Major.
To view the map symbols in a single Group
Click a group in a map.
From the Group menu, choose Open Group, or right-click the group and choose Open Group, double-click the group symbol.
A new view with only the devices in that group is displayed.
To view map symbols in all the groups
If you need to view all the map symbols in a map that are a part of various groups, perform the following procedure:-
Click the groups using Ctrl+click.
Click Expand Selected (Or All) Groups.
For example, if you have selected Group A and Group B and performed this operation, then a new view is created in the display panel which displays all the devices in Group A as well as Group B.
If you are in the group view and need to get back to the main map view, click Group View.
Right-click a group in the map.
The group no more exists and map symbols in that group are displayed in the main map area. If you need to save this permanently, ensure to save the map once you ungroup.
To disable grouping
From the Edit menu, choose Disable Grouping.
All the groups are dissolved and the map symbols in those groups are displayed in the main map area.
To change the label of a group
Each group in a map is displayed with a label that is created automatically while creating groups. For example, Group A, Group B, etc. To change the label that is displayed in the map, follow these steps:
Right-click a group in the map and click Symbol Properties, click a group and from the Group menu, choose Symbol Properties. The Object Properties dialog box is displayed.
Enter the label name in the Label field.
If you need to save this label for that group, select Save changes on server. If you do not select this option, when you reopen the Application Client, the default label name is displayed instead of the one you had set.
Ordering Map Symbols
By default, the symbols in a map are arranged based on their order of discovery (as fetched from the database). You can reorder the symbols based on your preference by using the Edit > Order by menu and choosing any one of the following criteria.
Sorts the map symbols based on their names. Order of sorting is A-Z.
Sorts the map symbols based on the symbols' label values. Order of sorting is A-Z.
Sorts the map symbols based on the name of the managed object that is represented by the symbol.
Sorts the map symbols based on the status of the managed objects represented by the symbols. Order of sorting is from critical to clear, where symbols with critical state will be positioned first followed by symbols with lower severity.
Sorts the map symbols based on the name of the group to which they belong.
Sorts the map symbols based on the type of the managed object represented by the symbols. (Node, Network, Router, Switch, etc.)
These criteria are the properties of a device. For more information on the properties, refer to Map and Device Details in Appendix.
Tip: If you need to retain the ordering even if the map window is closed and reopened or used later, save it before proceeding with other map views. For information on saving, refer to Saving Map Layout.
After ordering the symbols, if more devices (represented as map symbols) are added to that map, those symbols are not placed as per your ordering, but are added at the end of the map in the sequence of their discovery. You need to perform the ordering operation again.
Rearranging Map Symbols
The Cut , Copy , and Paste options (similar to the options provided in Windows OS) are available to move map symbols from one map to the other. For example, if you need to move a map symbol named 'xyz' from Map A to Map B, follow the procedure given below:-
Open Map A.
Select 'xyz' symbol.
Click Cut. [Tip: Save Map A if you want 'xyz' to be removed from it permanently. If you do not save Map A, then the 'xyz' symbol will be available in both Map A and Map B.]
Open Map B.
The 'xyz' symbol is placed in Map B.
Changing Tooltip of Displayed Map Symbols
A Tooltip is displayed when you move the mouse pointer over a map symbol in a map. You can change the tooltip text that is displayed for all the map symbols by using the Edit > Change ToolTip Text menu option. You can change them based on name, objName, status, iconName, and menuName. These criteria are properties of a device. For more information on the properties, refer to Map and Device Details in Appendix.
For example, if you have chosen status, then all the map symbols in that map show a tooltip depicting the status of the symbol, such as Critical, Major, Clear, etc.
Flashing of symbols in map
Whenever a new alert is raised against a managed object, the map symbol with the LED at the top left corner can be made to flash in the color code corresponding to the severity of the alert. e.g. when a critical alert is received, a red LED will flash indicating this alert on the map. This visual representation will help the administrators to identify that a new alert is raised for this MO and can take corrective action accordingly.
Map Symbols can be made to flash in the map view by configuring the "flash" and "mapSymbolRenderer" parameters of the map. On enabling flash, the map symbols will flash whenever there is status change.
For a default map in the client UI, double-click on the map to invoke the Map Property form. Click on the "Others" tab and set the value of flash to true to enable flash.