To add a custom map background, do the following:

  1. Set the Map Console to Manual Layout (as opposed to Hierarchical, Circular, or Orthogonal Layout): Right-click the map and select Manual Layout from the shortcut menu.

    Setting the map to Manual Layout ensures that the position of map elements will not change in regard to one another or to their position on the map background. In addition, with Manual Layout, the Global Console automatically centers the map background within the map window.

  2. Right-click the map and select Set Background from the shortcut menu.

    The Set Map Background dialog box displays that shows thumbnails of the map background images available in the BASEDIR/smarts/local/images/<background directory> where, <background directory> is the host where the Global Manager is running.

  3. In the Set Map Background dialog box, select an image, adjust the image size using the controls at the bottom of the dialog box, and then click OK. You can also click Apply to preview the map.

    The Global Console loads the image so that it is centered over the minimum rectangular bounding box that includes all of the map nodes.

  4. After the map is loaded, you can move the map nodes to the appropriate locations on the background image.

    If you repositioned the nodes, right-click the map and select Fit in Window from the shortcut menu.

  5. Save the map. When a saved map is opened, map nodes retain their position. “Saving a map” on page 143 contains additional information.