Could anybody share some success story how to arrange a NetBrain map hierarchy for big sites?
When there is a huge site with hundreds/thousands of devices, it would be worth to start with a top level map showing how particular buildings are connected each to the others.
And then to go deeper to particular buildings, floors, racks …
I’d like to create site maps containing devices plus icons representing links to other maps.
But with site maps restrictions like “any device can be visible in a single leaf map only” and “no device can be visible in a container site, just leaf sites” I don’t see any easy way how to create a site map hierarchy.
Best answer by Carsten.Schmidt
I would do it this way:
In Sites, create a hierarchy according to your preferences, e.g.:
- datacentre building (container)
- datacentre floor (container)
- datacentre room (container)
- datacentre row (container)
- datacentre rack (leaf)
- rack01 (leaf)
- rack02 (leaf)
- rack03 (leaf)
In Files, create a map. Then go to Sites and do "Draw Site on Map" for whatever sites you want to have on your map. Unfortunately, the icon used for all sites is a cloud. The icons have a small plus sign to select neighbours, click on that. Select "Sites" in the drop down menu and you can connect other sites no matter where in the hierarchy they are or whether they are container or leaf sites.
Regarding layout tags
I use tags according to functionality (router, switch, WAN, WLAN, NAC, FW etc.) and assign them to different layers in the map. I assigned the tags manually after discovery by using filter criteria in Map Layout Manager. I do not know whether a qapp can do tag assignments at all and even if, the qapp would have to be pretty well done to be able to distinguish devices and assign the correct tag(s).