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Entity Grouping

Topologies with a large number of entities can be difficult to view. To simplify the topologies, entities which are physically or logically contained within another entity are collapsed into a single entity group by default.

  • Single entities are represented by a single icon.

For example, the following represents a cluster:

  • Grouped entities are represented by an icon, surrounded by a circular halo.

For example, the following represents a cluster with grouped entities:


Hovering over a grouped entity shows you the number of child entities contained within that particular group.

Expanding an Entity Grouping

Grouped entities can be expanded in order to view the components of the group and the way they relate to each other. It is possible to have multiple levels of nested groups.

  1. Identify the group to expand.


    Any entity with grouped child entities has a halo around it and displays a number in the upper right if you hover over the icon.

  2. Expand the group by double-clicking on the group icon.

    The entity and its grouped child entities display, surrounded by a dotted-line expansion box.

    If any of the child entities are grouped, you can also expand them.

  3. Click the X inside the expansion box to close the expanded grouping.