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2.1 Interface and Navigation

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Created on: Oct 11, 2011 4:59 PM by Zenoss API - Last Modified:  Oct 11, 2011 5:17 PM by Zenoss API

 1. Interface and Navigation

After you install  Resource Manager and navigate to the interface from your Web browser, the Dashboard appears. The Dashboard provides at-a-glance information about the status of your IT infrastructure. It is the primary window into devices and events that the system enables you to monitor.


Figure 2.1. Dashboard


The Dashboard can show:

  • System information resources and Web pages

  • Important error-level device events

  • Geographical high-level view

  • "Troubled" devices


Key Dashboard and interface areas include:

  • Navigation menu

  • User information area

  • Portlets

  • System Network Map


 1.1. Navigation

The Navigation menu lets you access major system features. In addition to the Dashboard, the menu is divided among several functional areas:

  • Events - Guides you to the event management area, where you can monitor event status, triggers, and event transforms. You also can track changes made to events.

  • Infrastructure - Offers access to network infrastructure, including, devices, networks, processes, and services.

  • Reports - Allows you to view and define reports.

  • Advanced - Provides access to monitoring templates, collectors, MIBs, and system settings.

 1.2. User Information Area


Figure 2.2. User Information Area

User Information Area

The User information area offers information and selections:

  • Login ID - The ID of the user currently logged in appears at the far left of this area. Click the ID to edit user settings, such as authentication information, roles, and groups. (You also can access user settings from the Navigation menu Advanced selection.)

  • Sign Out - Click to log out of the system.

  • (Help) - Click to access product documentation.

 1.3. Portlets

The main content of the Dashboard comprises portlets, which provide information about the system and your infrastructure. Portlets you can display on the dashboard are:

  • Device Issues - Displays a list of devices, associated with color-coded events of critical, error, or warning severity levels. Click a device name to view details, or click an event to go to the event console for the device.


    Figure 2.3. Device Issues Portlet

    Device Issues Portlet

  • Google Maps (device locations) - Shows configured locations and configured network connections.


    Figure 2.4. Google Maps Portlet

    Google Maps Portlet

  •  Resource Manager Issues - Contains system self-monitoring information.

  • Production States - Shows devices assigned to a particular production state.

  • Site Window - Initially provides links to resources such as product guides, forums, and training events.

    The URL for the default content is You can customize this portlet to display content from any URL.

  • Top Level (Root) Organizers - Lists status for each grouping in your defined system hierarchy.


    Figure 2.5. Top Level Organizers Portlet

    Top Level Organizers Portlet

  • Messages - Displays system messages.

  • Object Watch List - Allows the display of high-level status device classes, groups, systems, event classes, and locations that you select.

 1.3.1. Customizing Portlets

You can customize each portlet that appears on the Dashboard. Customization options vary depending on the portlet type.

Click , which appears at the top right corner of a portlet, to view and customize display options. Click Save Settings to save your selections and then return to main portlet content.

The following table lists information you can customize for each  Resource Manager portlet.

For this portlet can customize: 
WelcomeTitle, Refresh Rate, Destination URL
Device IssuesTitle, Refresh Rate
Google MapsTitle, Refresh Rate, Base Location
 Resource Manager IssuesTitle, Refresh Rate
Production StatesTitle, Refresh Rate, Production States (to appear on the Dashboard)
Top Level (Root Organizers)Title, Refresh Rate, Root Organizer (to appear on the Dashboard)

 1.3.2. Adding and Duplicating Portlets

To add a portlet, select Add portlet (located below the User Information area at the top right of the Dashboard). From the Add Portlet dialog, you can add a portlet or restore portlets to the default view.

Your Dashboard can display more than one of the same portlet type. You might want to display duplicate portlets, for example, to get at-a-glance information about more than one device location that appears in the Google Maps portlet.

 1.4. Network Map

The Network Map represents your network's Layer 3 topology. From the map, you can quickly determine the status of each device by its highlighted color.

To access the network map, select Infrastructure, and then select Network Map.


Figure 2.6. Network Map

Network Map

 1.4.1. Choosing the Network to Display

The network displayed is configured for each user. From user preferences, modify Network Map Start Object to indicate a network, and then click Save.

 1.4.2. Viewing Device and Network Details

Double-click a device or network icon in the map to focus on it. Focusing on a node:

  • Centers it on the map

  • Shows links from the node, based on the number of hops selected

Alternatively, you can type the name or IP address of a device or network in the Selected Device or Network field, and then click Refresh to focus on that node.


When you select a node, the network map displays only the links that are currently loaded into the map. It does not download and display new link data.

 1.4.3. Loading Link Data

To load link data for a node:

  1. Double-click the node on the map to focus on it, or enter the device name or IP address in the Selected Device or Network field.

  2. Select the number of hops to download and display.

  3. Click Refresh.

 1.4.4. Filtering by Device Type

You can filter the devices that appear on the network map. To do this, select a filter from the Device Class Filter list of options. For example, to show only Linux devices on the map, select /Server/Linux from the list of options, and then click Refresh.

 1.4.5. Adjusting Viewable Hops

You can adjust the number of hops that appear on the network map. Use the Number of Hops slider, which adjusts the number of hops from 1 to 4.

 1.4.6. Adjusting the Network Map

Use the Repulsion slider to expand or contract the icons that appear on the map. Move the slider right to expand the icons, or left to contract them.

Select the Fit to Window option to bring all displayed icons into the viewable area.

 1.4.7. Viewing Device or Network Details

To see detailed information about a device or network, select it in the map, and then click Go to Status Page.

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