Visualize Topology

The Visualize Topology feature draws a layer 2 visualization built from collected network device and interface data. 

How the node-link diagram is constructed:

  • We create infrastructure nodes from licensed network infrastructure devices such as routers and switches.
  • We create edges from the direct connections between these infrastructure nodes.  These connections are discovered using CDP.
  • We then create parent nodes from the locations to all the devices in those locations

How to navigate the diagram:

  • Initially, we restrict the view to only the parent Location nodes to give an overview of the topology of the network.  To edit these locations including member their names and member subnets navigate Add Intelligence → Update Locations
  • Right-click to drill down into a location and reveal its infrastructure nodes
  • (Preview) Right-click an infrastructure device to drill-down to the servers connected to a given node
  • Left-click on a node to focus the view on the direct connections to that node.  Other nodes and edges will be grayed-out. 
  • Left-click on the white space to de-focus the view.

View Options

The hamburger tab on the left-hand side of the interface reveals the following options:

  • "Show" check boxes:

    • IP Address
    • Host Name
    • Locations : appends the parent location name to a device name in the display
    • Description : the description is pulled from snmp, wmi, or other discovery protocols depending on the source device
    • Link Labels : annotates device-to-device endpoints with the infrastructure interface names
  • Locations checkbox list

    • All : shows/hides all nodes and edges in the diagram
    • Locations / Infrastructure Device
      • Checkbox : shows/hides the given node and its edges
      • Plus/Minusbox : expands/contracts the corresponding node

Export Options

You can output a given view to two different formats:

  • Export to Visio : Creates a MS Visio file of the current topology diagram
  • Export to CSV : Creates a comma-separated-value file of the current node coordinates and node labels