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Create Network Atlas maps

Network Atlas is an application for creating custom maps and network diagrams. Network Atlas Maps are most useful for mapping network infrastructure, however, some customers use this feature to map business services and composite applications that are static.

You can export or print maps, and view them in the Orion Web Console

Before you start creating maps, prepare a map management strategy. Consider the following recommendations:

  • Map only static objects. If objects move, you need to adjust their location on maps, and it is difficult to keep maps up-to-date.
  • Build maps to match the column width of your Orion Web Console views. Rescaling maps in views results in distorting of icons and texts.

The Network Atlas application is pre-installed with your Orion Platform product.

To install Network Atlas on a remote computer, log in to the Orion Web Console, click the Network Atlas download link in the Map resource, and install the application. If the link is not displayed, click Edit in the map resource, and select Show Network Atlas Download link.

The example below shows how to create a map for the New York IT Department group, and add the map to the Orion Web Console.

You need map management rights to run Network Atlas.

  1. Start the Network Atlas in the SolarWinds program folder.
  2. Enter your Orion Web Console credentials and the Orion server address, and click Connect.

  3. If you are running Network Atlas on the same server as SolarWinds NPM, confirm the default localhost in the Address field, and connect to Orion.

  4. On the Network Atlas welcome screen, select Network Map.

  5. Click Background, and specify the background. You can use a local image, link an online image, delete the default background, or use a background color.

    Background images should match the pixel width of columns in your Orion Web Console views.

  6. Select a Group by item, and expand Orion objects.

  7. Drag objects to the map in the main pane.

    • A checkmark next to a node or network resource indicates you have already added it to your map.
    • Click a network resource in the left pane to select the object on the map.
  8. If the nodes on your map are connected directly, click Connect Now on the Home ribbon to create links automatically.
  9. To create links between nodes that are not directly connected, create map links manually:
    1. Click Home > Straight Line.
    2. Click an object with the line drawing tool to begin drawing the link.
    3. Click a second object to finish drawing the link.
  10. To edit the appearance of links:
    1. Click Home > Select in the Tools group.
    2. Right-click the link, and select Properties.
    3. Click Appearance in the left pane of the Link Properties tab.
    4. Configure link Width, Color, and Style.

    5. Click OK.
  11. Save the map.

When you are complete, you can Add maps into the Orion Web Console.

What else can you do with maps?

  • Link dynamic maps as the background for Network Atlas maps. For example, you can link a weather map showing which locations might be affected by bad weather.
  • Nest maps within maps, so that you can navigate between levels. For example, if you click a location on a map, you will be able to display a network diagram for the location.
  • Visualize the wireless signal strength provided by your access points in wireless heat maps. This helps you locate blind spots, and add more access points to optimize your wireless network.
  • On wireless heat maps in the Orion Web Console, you can view the location of clients connected to your wireless access points.
  • Customize what you want to see in tooltips when you hover over individual objects in an Orion Web Console map.