PRTG Manual: Maps

With the Maps feature (some people might call this 'dashboards') you can create web pages with up-to-the-minute monitoring status information in a customizable layout. Using this unique concept, you can also make your overview pages of live data publicly available, if you like.

Example of a PRTG Map

Example of a PRTG Map

In this section:

Introduction

There are countless possibilities for the implementation of maps. For example, you can use this feature to:

  • Create network maps with status icons for each device on the map.
  • Create quick views of your network that can be shown on network operations center screens.
  • Create a quick network overview for publishing on the Intranet, allowing at-a-glance information for management of other employees.
  • Create a custom view of the most important sensors in your monitoring setup.
  • Create Top 10 lists of the sensors of a specific group or device.

Technically, a map is a usual HTML web page. You can build a schema of your network by choosing from hundreds of device icons and connect them with lines. A map can consist of the following elements:

  • A set of map items, which can include device icons, sensor status icons, graphs, data tables, lists of sensors, connection lines, geographical maps, or custom HTML code.
  • An optional background image (a JPG, PNG, or GIF file, for example, your company logo, or a graphical view of your network).

You can also specify the size of the map. Using the AJAX-based map editor, you can place the items anywhere on the map, and you can also change their size. Each map has a unique URL which you can use to link to the map. Users who want to access the map either need an account in your PRTG installation, or can access a public URL of the map if you allow the Public Access feature. Public maps contain a unique Map ID access key in the URL to block unwanted visitors.

PRTG comes with several pre-configured standard maps that you can use right away. You can also change or delete them, if you like. The following maps are automatically created when you install PRTG for the first time (visible for the PRTG System Administrator user):

  • Sample Dashboard: By default, this map shows a graphical structure of your device tree, the sunburst view of your device tree, a list of alarms, a geo map, and more. This sample map has a 5***** priority so you can also open it under Home in the main menu. To not show it in the main menu, define a lower priority.
  • Magic Map: By default, this map shows the sunburst view of your device tree with several graphics that demonstrate customization capabilities of the maps feature.

Start Maps

Click the Maps entry from the main menu to view or add custom views of your network's status and monitoring data. Hover over Maps to show other menu items. Choose between:

Maps

All

Open the Maps overview page where you can view or add custom views of your network's status and monitoring data.

Add Map

Open an assistant to directly add a new map.

Select Map ›

Open an existing map. Hover over Select Map to show other menu items. Follow the menu path (it is specific to your setup) to select a map.

Maps Overview

In the All view, you see a list of all existing maps. Using the links next to a map name, you can do the following:

  • Click the name of a map to view it.
  • Click the Edit button to adjust the settings of this map.
  • Click the Clone button to create an exact copy of this map. As soon as you click this, the map is cloned and the cloned map's settings are shown.
  • Click the Delete button to remove this map.
  • Click the Add Map button to add a new map.
  • Define the priority of a map. Maps with a 5***** priority appear in the main menu bar under Home for direct selection (up to 10 entries).

Please also see Working with Table Lists. Additionally, the multi-edit functionality is available. This enables you to change properties of several objects simultaneously via bulk changes. For more details, see the Multi-Edit Lists section.

Map Rotation

The Map Rotation feature in PRTG allows you to show several maps or dashboards rotating on one page. Map rotation makes it possible to show different information on one screen based on time. You can compare this with a slide show. Follow the steps below to configure your own map rotation.

  1. Open the Maps overview page from the PRTG main menu bar.
  2. Select the maps that you want to rotate using the checkboxes.
  3. The Multi-Edit menu appears.
  4. Click Map Rotation in the multi-edit menu.
  5. That's all: PRTG will show the selected maps in rotation on a new page.
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  6. You can change the time until a new map appears with the arrows symbol map-rotation-refresh in the lower right corner. Hover over the arrows symbol and choose between 10s, 30s, 60s (seconds), 10m (minutes), and Refresh now.
Start Map Rotation

Start Map Rotation

Public Map Rotation

You can also set up a public map rotation that you can use without login credentials. For this purpose, you have to create a custom URL that defines which maps will publicly rotate. The public map rotation URL has this format: the address of your PRTG server, followed by /public/mapshow.htm?ids=, followed by map IDs and secret keys.

  1. Allow public access in the settings of the maps you want to rotate.
  2. Find the map IDs and secret keys to add them to the URL that opens the public map rotation.
    1. To find the ID of a map, open the map with your web browser. The map ID is included in the URL of the map as value of the parameter id, for example, https://<yourprtgserver>/map.htm?id=2124, where the number 2124 is the needed ID.
    2. To find the secret key of a map, open the settings of the map, make sure you have selected a public access option, and copy the entry of the Secret Key field.
  3. Connect each map ID with the secret key of the same map using a colon, in this format: mapid:secretkey
  4. Add all IDs with their secret keys to the URL for the public map rotation. Separate each mapid:secretkey token from the next mapid:secretkey token with a comma.
  5. The complete URL has this format: https://yourprtgserver/public/mapshow.htm?ids=mapid1:secretkey1,mapid2:secretkey2,mapid3:secretkey3
    This is an example URL for public rotation of two maps:
    https://prtg.example.com/public/mapshow.htm?ids=9507:4049BEA1-B89C-4B5D-ACC4-3C8E00566EB8,9358:718D3CE1-DF00-4B92-AE8A-E0253B912C37
  6. Open the created URL with your browser and PRTG will start the public map rotation.
  7. You can change the time until a new map appears with the arrows symbol map-rotation-refresh in the lower right corner. Hover over the arrows symbol and choose between 10s, 30s, 60s (seconds), 10m (minutes), and Refresh now.

Working with Maps

For detailed information on how to create and edit maps, and to learn how to make them accessible to others, please see the following sections.

 

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