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Introducing the new "Worldwide Map" resource

Level 17

Let's Welcome the new "World Map" resource

If you've already had a chance to upgrade to the NPM 10.6 or SAM 6.0 RC's, you may have noticed the new "Worldwide Map" resource.

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For those of you that have been requesting this feature, or maybe already framing in Google Maps with your own API key to display dynamic map content, this new resource will be a real treat.

Worldwide Map has the capability to display the status of nodes or an aggregated group of nodes over dynamically updated street data.

Perhaps you're an ISP that manages customer premise equipment all over town? Worldwide map makes it easy to layout and view where your equipment is, and it's relative status. Manage a campus environment and want a birds-eye view of your gear? This new resource has you covered.

To add nodes to the map, simply click "Manage Map" and "Place Nodes on the map"

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Just select where you want the nodes, what nodes are to be placed at that location, and click submit. That's all there is to it.

If you placed a group of nodes, the status of the icon will reflect the "worst" so you instantly be able to see if a node is in a down status.

To select the default position and zoom level, simply "Edit" the resource.

In the future we can look at adding support for other objects, or borrowing some further functionality from the Network Atlas playbook.

What else would you like to see added? Please Let us know in the comments below.

77 Comments
Level 10

If lines could be drawn connecting the nodes it would replace our main summary page map and leave network atlas for noc maps.

After using this map in the RC it feels much like a stepping stone. Half-way between what NPM users have created in google maps and half what network atlas does but it currently isn't a replacement for either (for us anyway) at this point.

I'd also love to drop nodes by gps location data but this isn't a must have.

The map itself looks awesome and I really like the look and feel. Good new feature.

Level 9

This looks awesome but I need the ability to add groups to the map, not nodes.

Level 10

Seeing as we already have the GPS Lat/Long loaded in the properties of each node, it would be very helpful if the map could make use of this info..

In a perfect world, I could create a dynamic group, and tell the map to show the position of all the nodes in this group... that way the group could only be WAN routers for example, and would auto populate on the map because they get dynamically added to the group and have the LAT/LONG saved in the node data.

A short hop from there would be to take into account dependencies to draw lines.... Leverage some of the Layer 2 / 3 data you are mining from the routers...

Level 17


This makes absolute sense. We have other customers with street address information already loaded as well. Automatically mapping this is on the top of our minds for this resource.

Level 12

Really nice feature. What I though was when hover over the marker it shows tool tip with status/names - can we add coordinates to it as well? Or any other (custom) details?

Level 17

Not at present, but configurable hovers are on the list of improvements to look at.

Level 12

Super Rob Something to look forward, and congratulations on this feature and of course other ones coming in 10.6

Level 12

agree need the ability to add groups to the map -

Level 14

The ability to import .kmz files would be excellent, as well as the ability to freehand draw lines on the maps.  Both of these functions would make this 100% more useful, in my opinion.  That said, it's a good start and I'm very excited about using it.

EDIT: After playing with it for a bit, my main complaint is that there is still NO security on the resource page whatsoever.  This means that after adding sensitive information such as nodes on a map, there is absolutely no way to protect the information from being seen by anyone with the right URL (http://<servername>/Orion/WorldMap/).  Can't we get some type of way to prevent this?  As a non-privileged user, I have the ability to not only see the entire network map, but also the statuses of each of the devices, their vendor type, as well as the model numbers.  I'd argue that this information is not something that a non-privileged user or customer should see.

Level 14

+1 on the ability to use existing lat/long from the (unsupported) Google maps integration.  We certainly aren't going to leave behind any effort on the Google Maps front unless we can import our efforts from Google Maps into this mapping feature.

Level 10

<450 node per location support would be nice. Also, would be cool if the map had the option to automatically zoom in on the user's location when logging on. Oh, and some more information on what filter variables are available, so you don't have to consult SWIS all the time. I had to apply this filter to get rid of all Down interfaces on closet switches from the view, but that means I won't be able to see ANY issues occurring on network equipment on the map:

(Nodes.ChildStatus IN (2,3,14) AND Nodes.CustomProperties.Owner NOT LIKE '%NetworkAdministrators%') OR Nodes.Status IN (2,3,4)

Level 10

The unfortunate solution to this is that you edit EVERY floor switch port that is a "user" port and tell NPM to show the port as "Unplugged" rather than "Down".  This way you don't have to filter and can only set client ports to display as unplugged when down. 

Level 9

I have added a guide on how to perform this action here

Level 10

Yes, groups is a must have.

Level 14

This doesn't appear to be working correctly. I zoom in to add a node (by City), click Save and Continue Working. I move to another city and add another node, Save and Continue Working. I scroll back over and the node I added first is gone!

Level 17

Believe this is a known bug in display. If you save and go back to the main view, are all the nodes you placed displayed?

Level 9

Not just groups is a must, also Map objects from network atlas, we still a map for inside the building

Level 13

good point

level of authority would be useful

along with being able to select who see what

my users only need to see less than my staff

Level 13

groups and object are a good idea

Level 9

A search function on the map is elementary

Level 13

I've created a feature request here: http://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/2786  You can vote so it is taken into consideration by the PM.

Cheers

Level 13

I've added 2 feature request here:

You should create some and have everyone vote on them so it is placed on a real roadmap for the product

Level 9

The ability to show current weather overlays would be nice.

Level 20

Working great!ScreenHunter_04 Oct. 03 13.58.gif

Level 20

This thing is SAWEET!  You don't even need network atlas for it!

Customization of the icon for adding nodes would be very useful. I'm trying to sell this as a global mapping resource for our EMEA and Asia staff, and because we have a goal to a)display a worldwide map in one window and b) be able to tell the difference between EMEA sites in close proximity to each other, it doesn't work well and just ends as a mass of green pointers overlaid on each other. I don't suppose there's a current method to reduce the size of these icons?

Seconding the ability to have some sort of identification via caption or other tag without requiring mouse-over. Think about it as a solution for a global health map in a NOC or something similar. The more salient info people can glean without having to do anything other than view the map would be great.

Level 9

Is it possible to have a custom "address" property and have worldwide map use it for map positioning?

Level 17

Not at present, but it's definitely on our list!

Level 11

Hello Rob,

When you say it's on the list are you able to give an ETA?

I am beginning to role this out as a default map for clients but it is becoming a little hectic adding them on a global scale considering I have over 20 customers with access to the portal..

Would be so much eaiser with a NODE custom property to place these on the map.

Level 17

Ashley,

Unfortunately we can't give ETA on when we would have it, however I'm fairly certain we won't have it before Q2 of next year, if that helps your planning.

Level 7

So I've been playing with this for a bit and its a huge improvement in speed over Network Atlas maps but it appears that there is no way to create multiple "world maps" objects which display different nodes/groups. For example, I can clone the map to another tab and edit its zoom location and coordinates but adding and removing nodes/groups to either map adds them to both. My use case is using one map for world view with groups for each continent to keep clutter down and on another tab a zoom of North America with all the nodes in their proper locations but no group icon. If there was a way to use SWQL to filter a map for something like Node.Group that would work but independent maps would be best.

Along the same lines it would be nice to be able to attach a URL to a group icon built with world map so I could click it and "drill down" into the map and have it redirect to another tab with its zoomed map and node locations for North America as an example.

Level 11

Q2 of next year.. that’s a while away….

To say I am slightly disappointed to hear that but I guess it cannot be helped, is there anyway we can get this done quicker than q2 that would be awesome..

I feel the World Map is an amazing feature but I think it was put in a little too soon.. I think it should have been slightly more refined before implementing.

All the best

Ashley Cotter

3rd Line Applications Engineer

Timico Limited

Level 13

yes add my vote

please push this feature forward and get it released sooner please

the map needs much improvement over what we have today

Level 13

i see that line request in the 10.7 beta

it also show link BW

kool!

Level 13

yes , custom icons would be a very high WANT.

can you import user icons?

can you import visio icons?

it would be nice  if your display can match our existing documentation

Level 11

+1

Level 11

Need some really clever chaps to create some brilliant custom properties to get this working..

Yes - they're called application developers employed by Solarwinds.

Level 10

+1 for the ability to use either street address or Lat/Long from an SNMP Location.  We have never used the map feature, but it would be very easy to get started if we could just tell it to import all the devices and locate them based on their SNMP location information. 

Level 11

hue hue hue hue

Level 13

You can enter GPS coordinates once the item location is somewhere on the map. Just edit it to fine-tune the location.

Level 13

Here's two more

Level 13

And two more! I believe in this new feature

Level 10

This looks pretty cool.  Now I just need to find the time to upgrade to version 10.6.  My boss has been asking me to implement the map feature so now I don't really have an excuse.

MVP
MVP

Ok. We upgraded to NPM 10.6. Now someone tell me how I create the Worldwide Map (Integration with OpenStreetMap)

Level 12


Hi Kurt,

Follow the following steps.

  • Go into your Orion NPM Module
  • Click on Customize Page on the right hand side of your NPM Summary Page
  • When in NPM Customize NPM Summary Page, you will see two columns. Use any one of the available columns and hit the Green Plus button
  • User the search bar and type Worldwide Map
  • Once found select the resource and add
  • You will see the Worldwide resource in the column
  • Hit Done and you should see the World Map on your NPM Summary Page
MVP
MVP

Thank you. That worked. Appreciate the Help.

MVP
MVP

Is there a way to create a group, like a site and add multiple nodes to that group on the map?

Level 13

You can only place multiple devices at a location, but you cant add an Orion Node group to the map yet.

I've created a Feature request here: http://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/2786

Make sure your vote is counted so this feature arrives in the next version

MVP
MVP

Thanks. Voted yes for it. I would like to see this also, since some sites I have over 50 devices at the site. It can get very crowded.

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