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Center Pane of the Topology Map Window


The topology map is a graphical representation of the network model.

  • When you position the cursor over a network element in the topology map, a description of the network element is displayed in the description bar at the bottom of the topology map center pane. The description can be customized by right-clicking in the topology window and selecting Labels > Bottom Bar.

  • Double-click an element icon to display detailed information about that element in the Network Information table pane.

  • Right-click an element to view more options for that element.

  • Hold the left mouse button to drag the map around.

  • Use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out of the map.

There are several ways to select nodes and links in the topology map.

  • Use the Selection Tool in the toolbar and drag a rectangle around the nodes and links you want to select.

  • Ctrl-click or Shift-click nodes and links.

  • Right-click a node and use the Select options.

When moving nodes in the map area, you are changing the graphical coordinates rather than the geographical coordinates. Graphical coordinates are the positions of the nodes in the topology map window. Geographical coordinates are positions of the nodes according to actual physical locations (for example, latitude and longitude). To set the current positions as geographical positions, right-click in the map area and select Layout > Set Lat/Lon from Map.

The Map Preferences settings (available from the toolbar on the right) are saved to each client.

Topology information that is saved for each network includes the following:

group fileGroupings of network devices are saved in the group file.
graphcoord fileGraphical coordinates of network devices are saved in the graphcoord file.
graphcoordaux fileStores the following map settings data:
LegendsNode and link color settings, link utilization color bar settings, and line styles.

LabelsWhich node or link labels are turned on and labeling preferences for the bottom bar.

Background ImageBackground images to use.

Country MapsCountry maps to use.

GroupsWhich groups are collapsed and which groups are expanded.

Multiple map views can be saved for the same network by right-clicking in the map area and selecting Map Views. Each view is saved on the server in a userSettings directory consisting of group (grouping) files, graphcoord (graphical coordinates) files, and graphcoordaux files.