Similar to notifications in the Notification Log Console, the map uses color to indicate that elements are affected by one or more abnormal conditions. A color-coded severity bar indicates the state of the node.

The color-coded severity bar is not displayed for nodes whose state is normal, unless the property is set to true.


The notification list configured by your administrator determines which notifications are reflected in your Map Console. If the notification list does not include an event, notifications for the event will not be reflected in the map icons. For example, if a notification list excludes all events from a specific router, the router always appears with a normal state in the map. If your Map Console does not accurately reflect observed conditions, contact your administrator.

Colors and meanings summarizes the colors that display in a map.

Table 1. Colors and meanings


Severity icon (nodes only)

Color (nodes and edges)

Critical event


Major event


Minor event



Light blue




The severity icon does not display for edges. However, the color of an edge is meaningful, as follows:

  • Edges that represent topology instances are color-coded to reflect status.

  • Edges that represent relationships such as VLAN Membership and IP Network Membership are colored black.


In an IP Network map, the node for an IP network is always normal, even if the network is inaccessible.

By default, the Normal status indicator is not displayed. However, you can change the setting that controls this display by setting the to true. “Command syntax for the -D option” on page 151 contains additional information.

To view the icons and other visual indicators used in maps, select Map > Map Legend.

Your administrator can configure custom map icons to represent map elements. The VMware Smart Assurance Service Assurance Manager Configuration Guide contains additional information.