For most situations, the Topology Browser Console and Map Console provide the most complete representations of your topology.

There are different kinds of topological information. For example:

  • Devices, logical groups such as IP networks and VLANs, and other infrastructure elements (such as network connections) that compose the domains managed by underlying Managers.

  • User-defined groups of elements (configured by your administrator).

  • Business elements such as application services, service offerings (such as Web hosting contracts), and service subscribers (such as customers, business units, or corporations). Service information and service classes may not be available for your site.

    Topology is represented in a tree format as in the map tree and the Topology Browser Console or by map icons in a map.

    Chapter 5, “Examining Maps,â€� includes information about the Map Console, including how maps represent topological information and map color-coding.