Chapter 5. The Workspace

Table of Contents

New Blank Workspace/Delete Workspace
Import/Export Workspace
Optimize Workspace Size
Workspace Defaults Manager
Workspace Wizard
SideBar/Bottom Bar
Workspace Basic Properties
Name, Size X/Y and Background Color
Background Picture and Picture Stretch
Reference Coordinates
Workspace Settings
Focus Color
Flash Color
Graph and Device Font Settings
Workspace Modes
Moving Elements and Graphs on a Workspace. (Toggle Select / Select All / Invert Selection /Snap To / Copy / Cut / Paste / Undo / Redo)
Zoom, Scale to ...

A Workspace can be thought of as a piece of paper. The workspace can have any background image you need. On top of the background you can add graphs, devices and other elements. Some of the items added to the workspace change depending on the state of a monitored device. These are referred to as Actions. Devices can also be moved on the background enabling their physical location to be tracked.

If the workspace is going to be used to track the physical location of a device through a GPS then the background often tends to be a map of some kind. Physical layouts are also often useful when monitoring alarm devices.

Since computer networks are used to monitor most items the primary drawing elements that can be added to the workspace also represent an element of a computer network. Four types of drawing items, called elements, are available:

The Network Device element represents any device that has an IP Address on a network. The Network Lines represent the wires on your physical network. The Network Cloud represents the rest of the internet that is not on the network diagram. And finally the text element allows you to label whatever is required.

The Network device is represented as a circle, diamond, rectangle, rounded rectangle, symbol or a labeled symbol. Three items are shown on all representations except the symbols. The first being a picture of the device. The second is the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), or if not present, then the IP address. The last is the alarm dashboard. The number of good, warning and critical alarms are shown in the dash. If the device has a test in warning or critical state, the device will flash. A number of pictures have been supplied, but you are not limited to only these. Add a bitmap to the {installed directory}/bitmaps/ folder and the image will be available for selection. The symbol and labeled symbol are small diamond shapes whose size is independent of the zoom state of the workspace. They are useful for representations of devices being physically tracked via GPS.

A Network-Cloud is usually used to show how the network links to internet.

New Blank Workspace/Delete Workspace

New workspaces can be added and deleted at will. Each workspace will have a tab below the top toolbar, with a title and an icon. Double clicking on the title on the tab will allow you to edit it. The icon indicates the mode the current workspace is running in (see Workspace Modes for details). To add a new Workspace, select the 'Workspace' menu item and then 'New Blank Workspace'. To delete a workspace the 'Delete' option under the same menu item will perform the task.

Usually a workspace is devoted to a network or network segment. Often the type of 'Mode' required for a network segment will dictate how networks are divided up into workspaces. It is recommended that each network has only one network cloud, which may also assist in deciding how to separate networks. This is not a hard rule, the system will happily let you create any number of network clouds.

Also See: the section called “Workspace Modes”

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