A node in the virtual machine (VM) view represents a virtual machine (VM) in your on-premises NSX-T Data Center environment.

Nodes and Arrows in the VM View

When you are in the VM view, the group boundaries are not visible. Any node that is communicating with one of the VMs in your NSX-T Data Center environment, but was not identified as part of the NSX-T Data Center inventory, are also represented in the VM view. The following illustrates a simple VM view.

The following table lists the types of VM nodes you might see in the Views view.
Type of VM Node Icon Description
Regular VM

A Regular VM node represents a virtual machine (VM) that is part of your NSX-T Data Center environment. A VM can belong to more than one group.
Public IP

A Public IP node represents a public IP address, either an IPv4 or IPv6 , that is communicating to or from your NSX-T Data Center environment.

An IP node represents an IP address that participated in the network traffic activities during the selected time period. An IP address can be a unicast, broadcast, or multicast IP.

If you are not seeing the VMs view, click the down arrow next to Groups in the Security view selection area and select VMs. In the selection drop list displayed, you can select All VMs or specific VMs from the list, and then click Apply. Use the Search text box to filter the selection list. If you click away from the drop list without making any selection or if you select All VMs in the drop list, the All VMs option is applied to the VM view.

The arrows between the VM nodes represent the traffic flows that have occurred between the VMs during the selected time period. See Working with Traffic Flows for more information.

Node Selection in VMs View

When you point to a VM's node, information about the node is displayed, as shown in the following example. The number and types of flows to the VM that were detected during the selected time period are also listed. If the group was added during the selected time period, the New badge icon and the details of when the VM was added are also displayed.

When you click a VM's node, a dashed circle marks the selection as a pinned VM node. Other VM nodes that had traffic flows with that pinned VM node are also made more prominent in the VM view. All other nodes become dimmed to make them less visible. To clear the pinned selection, click in any empty area of the VM view.

When you zoom out of the VM view and the details in the VM nodes are no longer visible, point to any visible part of the VM node. The VMs details are displayed.

Available Actions in the VMs View

A contextual menu of available actions is displayed when you right-click a VM's node, as illustrated in the following image.

Selection Description
Filter By The VM is added to the visualization filter that is used for the current VM view.
VM Information The details of the VM during the selected time period are displayed.
Related Groups The Groups table with information about groups to which the VM belonged during the selected time period.
Flow Details Shows the details about the completed flows and the flows that are currently active with the VM during the selected time period.
Note: The active flows during the selected time period are more than 2.5 minutes old at the time the details are displayed.
The details include the following.
  • flow type
  • flow's source and destination groups
  • start and end time of the flow
  • services that were used
You can click some of the details to obtain more information. See Working with Traffic Flows for more information.
Start Recommendation Displays the Start New Recommendations wizard. See Working with NSX Intelligence Recommendations for more details.