Map any IP-enabled device through autodiscovery. Within minutes, you will see your network on the screen as it exists in real life—and you can personalize the look and feel to your liking.
When the initial splash screen opens, click Try Our Demo Maps, and the main demo map will pop up. Although this map has fictitious data, it will give you a feel for the components of an Intermapper map, including:
- Icons: The Demo Main Map has several icons representing different office locations throughout a city. Clicking on each office location brings up that office’s submap. The color of the icon represents the most serious condition within that map: green is good, yellow is a warning, orange is an alarm, and blinking red means something is down.
- Links: The links (straight lines) connecting the offices represent a physical connection between them.
- Traffic ants: Dotted lines along the links indicate the level of traffic flowing on those links. A yellow or orange halo behind the link signifies when traffic exceeds 50% or 90%, respectively.
- Strip chart window: This window shows traffic flowing through all your links. To open it, go to Window > Charts > Internet Bandwidth.
Map List window: This window shows all the maps that are available on your Intermapper server. Double-click a map’s name to open the map in its own window.
Things to Try
- Right-click the device icon for the Corporate Primary Router. Choose Status Window. This shows detailed information about the device, including its name, address, uptime, and more.
- Right-click on a link and open the status window to see detailed information about the traffic traveling on that link/interface.
- The Demo Main Map window defaults to Map View. Change to List View using View < List to sort by DNS name, IP address, etc.
- Double-click on the Network Operations icon. This opens a sub-map that represents the equipment at that location.
- You may hear Intermapper’s sound notifications when devices on the demo maps change state. To silence them, choose Edit > Preferences. In the Sounds menu, uncheck the Play Sound Notifications box.
Intermapper can automatically scan your network to learn what is there. You have the option to select your whole network—or to reduce scan time, you can also choose a specific IP address range or subnet.
After the initial autodiscovery, you can detect when new devices show up on your network by one of two ways: scheduled autodiscovery on set days/times, or using Intermapper Flows to capture devices that are not already in a map.
Things to Try
- Create a new map by choosing File > New Map. Give it a name (such as “Test Map 1”), and click Next. You’ll see the New Map window appear.
- Click the Autodiscovery button, and then click Create. You’ll see the Automatic Device Discovery window appear.
- Enter the address of the starting point. Intermapper defaults to using the local router, switch, or your own workstation. If you know the SNMP read-only community string for that device, enter it. All the other default values are fine. Click Start Discovery to begin.
- Let autodiscovery complete or stop it after a few dozen devices have been found. To stop autodiscovery, click Cancel in the top of the map’s window.
- Intermapper shows all the devices in a list with their IP address, DNS name (if available), probe type, and condition.
You can add devices manually to your map by typing or pasting a list of DNS names or IP addresses.
Things to Try
- Create a new map and give it the name “Test Map 2.” Click the Manual Entry button, and then click Create, or add devices to an existing map by choosing Insert < Device.
- In either case, you’ll see the Add Device(s) window.
- Enter a few IP addresses or DNS names and click Add. Note that the devices appear on the map and will change color within moments, indicating that Intermapper is already testing them.
- You can also manually scan a subnet. Select one of the network ovals and choose Insert > Scan Network. Accept the defaults, and Intermapper will scan for devices that have addresses in that subnet range
Intermapper’s autodiscovery and auto-layout do a basic job of showing what is connected to your network. You can further refine the map to display your network exactly as you want to see it in the way that is most intuitive to you.
Things to Try
- Drag items around to match the way you think of your network. Lines between devices “rubber band” to preserve the interconnections. Remember that the network ovals represent subnets (address ranges) and act as the connecting points between devices.
- Change the label that appears in the rectangle for a device to include more descriptive information. Choose Format > Label (Ctl/Cmd-L) to see and edit the current template for that device’s label.
- Change a device’s icon from a rectangle to a different icon or shape. Select one or many icons and choose Format > Icon to pick a new icon.
- Add a background image to position devices as you like. Simply drag a PNG, JPEG, or GIF image into the map window to add it, or choose Edit > Map Settings.
With Intermapper, you can create top-level maps that show an overview of your network and sub-maps that contain the details. Icons on the top map indicate the most serious condition, and double-clicking the icon drills down to show the sub-map.
Things to Try
- Open a map’s window (use the “Test Map 1” map you created above) and position it next to the Map List window so you can see both.
- Drag a map name from the Map List into the Test Map 1 map window. You’ll see an icon appear on the Test Map 1—this is the sub-map’s icon.
- Drill down into the sub-map by double-clicking its icon. You’ll see the sub-map’s window open.
A status window shows a lot of detail about a device or a link without occupying a lot of screen space.
Things to Try
- Right-click a device and choose Status Window. A device status window shows the DNS name, IP address, uptime, and response time, along with other data collected by its probe.
- Right-click an interface and choose Status Window. An Interface Status window shows the device name, type, and address.
- To open a status window temporarily, click and hold on a device—the status window will pop up and go away when you release the mouse.
A strip chart allows you to view these data values over time. View the strip charts from the Windows > Charts menu. Data for strip charts comes from a status window; any underlined value can go into a strip chart.
To Create a Strip Chart
- Open a status window as described above.
- Click any underlined value, and select Create Chart. You’ll see a new chart window open.
- Drag other underlined values to the new window to add them to the chart.