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Orion Maps: Add Hyperlink To Application, Group, and Node Icons

Orion Maps: Add Hyperlink To Application, Group, and Node Icons

Background

In Maps 1.0 (i.e. Network Atlas), a user can select any icon for a managed entity and add a hyperlink. However, in Maps 2.0 (i.e. Orion Maps) icons for managed entities do not have this capability.

Workaround

The current workaround is to insert an object (e.g. Rectangle, Circle, Label, or Images) into an Orion Map and then to add a hyperlink to the object.

Steps:

1. Navigate To: Settings > All Settings > Manage Orion Maps > Select Map > Edit > Insert {Object} (e.g. Rectangle)

Note: The available objects include a, Rectangle, Circle, Label, or Images.

2. Select inserted object: Rectangle

3. In the properties for Rectangle, click on the dropdown arrow next to the BEHAVIOR section.

4. Input a URL in the Hyperlink box (e.g /Orion/SummaryView.aspx?ViewID=1)

However, objects don't provide status (i.e. Up, Down, Critical, Warning) for applications, groups, and nodes. And so, this is not an acceptable solution.

Feature Request

The hyperlink feature should be available for all managed entities in Applications, Groups, and Nodes in the Entity Library.

Use Cases

Below, I have listed each managed entity type and the use case for consideration:

Applications:

The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Applications will allow users to create robust Application views that linked to Component views.

In the Application View, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate not only the components of the application, but also related components.

Groups:

The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Groups will allow users to create Location views (e.g. United States) that linked to Sub-Location views (e.g. Washington State).

In the Location view, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate the status of network devices at each location. This is critical to the management of applications and nodes that span across physical locations.

Nodes:

The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Nodes will allow users to create robust Rack Cabinet views that linked to Equipment views.

In the Rack Cabinet view, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate the status of equipment.

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@icarriere and @avrilspirit  Thank you for your feedback. I would love to understand your use cases a bit further. I have copied the ones mentioned above and added comments to them in my response - Again, keeping in mind that how I am interpreting the request is for any entity, whether it be an Application, or a Group, or a Node, etc... you want to be able to change the URL to route somewhere else (other than that entity details page) when it is selected in View Mode or from a widget? 

Use Cases

Applications:
The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Applications will allow users to create robust Application views that linked to Component views.

In the Application View, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate not only the components of the application, but also related components.

JB - I am not sure I fully understand what you are looking for here - I may need a bit more detail. Is this an Application Details View you are referring to? In many cases an Application or perhaps a Service consists of multiple entities such as the components, the app, the underlying infrastructure, storage, etc... you also mentioned related components. All of this could be included in a map, that could then be nested in other maps such as a Status Summary or something similar. 

We have examples of this in the public demo - this is by no means the only way, just an example of a way. https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/Apm/Summary.aspx

If I am misinterpreting your request can you please clarify. I don’t necessarily see where you would need the capability to change the URL of an entity to link somewhere else in that case. Perhaps you can share more specific examples of where you were not able to complete this with Orion Maps with some screenshots?

Groups:

The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Groups will allow users to create Location views (e.g. United States) that linked to Sub-Location views (e.g. Washington State).

In the Location view, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate the status of network devices at each location. This is critical to the management of applications and nodes that span across physical locations.

JB - Agree completely. So if I have a Group, sitting on the canvas, you are looking for the ability to change the hyperlink of the group to link to a map? Why not just create a map? Again there are examples in the Thwack Posts you mentioned or the online demo - https://oriondemo.solarwinds.com/Orion/SummaryView.aspx - on the main summary page the Global Sites map allows you to do this.

Can you elaborate on where this doesn't meet your need? I have assumptions but don't want to share answers, I am more interested in how you interpret the functionality needed.  


Nodes:

The ability to add a hyperlink to the managed entities in Orion Maps > Map Editor > Entity Library > Nodes will allow users to create robust Rack Cabinet views that linked to Equipment views.

In the Rack Cabinet view, a user can use Orion Maps to drill down to investigate the status of equipment.

JB - I am confused on this one also. My apologies. Doesn't the 2020.2 version of Orion Maps allow you to complete this vision? Where does the hyperlink come into play? For example, couldn't you just import an image of the cabinet as the background and then change the icon for each entity to the rack mounted network device, server, or whatever? Slide those in to place and you have the drill down capability you are looking for.

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@jblankjblank:

If you need help understanding the use cases, please contact me privately by phone or email. I'd be glad to demonstrate how we and our clients use Maps 1.0 (Network Atlas) to accomplish what is described in the examples I cited.

Regards,

Isaiah Carriere
SolarWinds Consultant
Adeptec - SolarWinds Authorized Partner