PRTG - Creating Maps

 

Transcript - Creating Maps

Hi I'm Benjamin Day and I'm a Systems Engineer with Paessler.

I'm going to give a brief over view of the Map functionality with PRTG. In this video I'll cover the creation of a map, using the various icons to represent your devices and groups, and finally publishing the map.

We'll start by going into the web interface of our PRTG instance. Now click on Maps on the menu bar and then click Add Map. At that map screen will give our map a name. I'm gonna go with Network Diagram. We can also specify a custom size. I'm gonna go with 1024 by 768. Not too big but not too small. For have a background image I want to use I can select that. Finally I'm gonna select Yes in the Allow Public Access section.

Now click on the Continue button and I'm brought to the map designer screen. In the screen we have three areas of interest.

First is the device tree. This is our device tree straight from the PRTGdevices screen. Second is our map grid. This is where we will bring in the various icon elements to represent our groups devices and sensors in PRTG. The third area is where all our icons are grouped.

First let me explain the concept on how to bring a device onto the map and represented by an icon of our choosing.

I first decide which device I want to represent. I go with the PRTG probe device, so I click it to select it. Then, a choosen icon I want to represent it with and drag it onto the map grid. You can see this is a dynamic icon.

Let me explain the difference between the static and dynamic icons.Dynamic icons all have counters on them, showing the number sensors associate with that device our group and what status there on. For example a pro device has 17 sensors. All of which are in OK state. Static icons will not show any information pertaining back to a group device or sensor. They are used purely for illustration purposes.

Now this is a network diagram. So let me add a few more devices. I bring in a Cisco ASA device, a Cisco Core Switch, a VMware ISX host. A couple of Windows domain controllers, a Windows sequel server and finally a Windows SharePoint Server. Now that I have these devices out here let me clean them up a little bit. Now I connect them to the networking devices they are connected to. I'll do this with the connector tool.

By clicking and grabbing on the dot to the left of the device icon I can drag it over to another device and this will create a link. Now I have linked all the devices back to the Core Switch and the Core Switch linked back to the firewall. Let's click in the View Map tab so I can see how our map looks. I'm pretty happy with this map. I wanna publish it, so my fellow engineers can see it and use it.

I click on the Get HTML tab. I have a few options here.
I can send out a link that requires a PRTG login. I can send out one that does not as long as I remember dislike yes on the allow public access setting. If I forgot it's okay, I can click on Settings and I can make the change right now. Going back to the Get HTML tab, I can also take code directly from PRTG here and create an iFrame to use with any content delivery system I have.

Now going back to the map. With these dynamic icons I can click on them and they'll take me directly back into PRTG to the device or sensor that the icon represents. So in a very short time we create a map we can use to not only monitor mobile devices but drill down into them when we see an error.

I hope you've enjoyed this video. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with any map related questions or any questions about PRTG at all. We will be happy to answer them.

 

Thank you!

 

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