Display Strategies

You can display devices and network arrangements in a variety of ways. The following sections describe those display strategies.

Container Manager

Map Context

Visualize My Network

Containers manage what appears in other portlets on the same page, including Visualize and Maps. If a page with Visualize has no Containers, then clicking a node in Visualize limits other portlets on that page to only that node’s information (for example Alarms). Maps does similar filtering.

Display Rules

Here are the rules for how portlets manage each others’ displays:

Rule 1 -- If Container View is on the Screen its selections drive all portlets that accept context.

If it is not on a Page:

Rule 2-- If Visualize My Network portlets is on a page it acts like Container View and drive all portlets’ appearance.

Rule 3 -- If Rule 1 and 2 are not in effect, then Managed Resources drives Ports and Links portlets’ appearance.

Rule 4 -- If Rule 1 is not in effect and Visualizer Views are on the same page as the Visualize My Network portlet, the selected view appears in the Visualizer.

When a page with a container loads, the container typically loads first and starts polling. If it is on the same page, Visualizer starts its polling after the page loads, so some lag may occur between the container and Visualize screens, depending on your settings. Clicking Context or drilling or expanding nodes in the Visualize screen resets the refresh timer since it may poll different nodes. This can also offset refresh timing for different page elements. You can change refresh timing (sGeneral > Entity Change SettingsSome portlets may display a selected context without operating as though it was selected. For example if you put Managed Resources