Administer > Configure the NNMi User Interface

Configure the NNMi User Interface

[This is the context-sensitive link for the User Interface Configuration form]

NNMi enables an NNMi administrator to configure the following global user interface features:

  • The console timeout interval
  • The initial view to display in the NNMi console
  • Whether NNMi displays unlicensed features that require a special license, such as NNMi Advanced

For information about the additional user interface configurations available, including configuring Node Group map settings, setting the default values for maps and Line Graphs, and configuring menus and menu items: Concept Link IconSee Also

If you are using multiple tenants, you might want to remove the Nodes Group view from the NNMi console. See the "NNMi Console" chapter of the Network Node Manager i Software Deployment Reference for more information.

To configure user interface features, do the following:

  1. Make your Global Control configuration choices (see the Global Control Attributes table).
  2. Make your additional configuration choices. Click here for a list of choices Concept Link IconSee Also.
  3. Click  Save and Close to apply your changes.

  4. To apply your Console Timeout or Initial View configuration changes, sign out of the NNMi console. After restarting the console, your changes should take effect.
Global Control Attributes for User Interface Configuration
Attribute Description
Console Timeout

NNMi's default session inactivity timeout value is 18 hours. Use this attribute to change the timeout interval in days, hours, and minutes.

The minimum timeout value is 1 minute.

After this period, if no mouse movement occurs, the consoles locks and the user is prompted to sign in again.

If your network operation center (NOC) has a large screen where a map of the most important nodes is continuously displayed, use a launched view. See Launch a Troubleshooting Workspace View.The map automatically updates every 30 seconds. (If you are using Mozilla Firefox, also see Configure Mozilla Firefox Timeout Interval.)
Initial View

Use this attribute to specify the initial view to be automatically displayed in the NNMi console by default.

When selecting a view from the drop-down menu list, note the following:

  • Use the value None (blank) to specify that you do not want a default view automatically displayed by default.
  • If the Node Group you select has been removed, NNMi uses None (blank view).
  • To select a Node Group map you have created:

    • Prerequisite. Use the Node Group Map Settings configuration workspace to create a Node Group map and enter a Quick Access Map Ordering number that lists the Node Group map as the first or last map in the Quick Access Maps folder. See Configure Basic Settings for a Node Group Map for more information.
    • For the Initial View attribute:

      • If you placed the Node Group map as the first entry in the Quick Access Maps folder, select First Node Group in Quick Access Maps folder.
      • If you placed the Node Group map as the last entry in the Quick Access Maps folder, select Last Node Group in Quick Access Maps folder
Default Author

The Default Author attribute specifies the Author attribute NNMi should use by default when you create a new instance of an object in NNMi. For example you might create a new incident configuration.

The Author attribute identifies who provided that instance of an object. The Author attribute value is also useful for filtering objects in certain views and when using the NNMi Export/Import feature.

Either keep the Default Author value of Customer or enter an Author attribute value representing you or your organization.

The Default Author value you specify then appears in the Author selection list in any appropriate form and appears by default as the Author value when you create a new instance of an object.

See Author form for important information.

Enable URL Redirect

Before enabling URL Redirect, verify that the NNMi management server's official Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) is set correctly and the DNS name is resolvable from any remote systems that need to access the NNMi management server. If the official FQDN does not meet these requirements, users will view errors when trying to access the NNMi console. To view the NNMi management server's official FQDN, do one of the following:

To change the official FQDN, use the nnmsetofficialfqdn.ovpl command line tool.

When URL Redirect is enabled, a user can sign into the NNMi console using any hostname (not case-sensitive) or IP address that is valid for the NNMi management server.

(NNMi Advanced's Global Network Management feature or Network Node Manager i Software Smart Plug-ins (iSPIs)) For environments configured with Single Sign-On (SSO) among multiple servers (which normally requires users to provide the official Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) that was configured during NNMi installation), this attribute enables NNMi to redirect URLs that contain the IP address or any hostname associated with the NNMi management server to the official FQDN. For more information, see the “Using Single Sign-On (SSO) with NNMi” chapter in the Network Node Manager i Software Deployment Reference (available at:

All NNMi management servers participating in Global Network Management or Single Sign-On (SSO) must have synchronized time stamps.

Show Unlicensed Features

By default, NNMi displays menus, views, and workspaces that require an additional license. If you do not have the required license, NNMi labels these features as Unlicensed or Evaluation. Evaluation indicates the License Type is Instant-On or Temporary.

To hide Unlicensed or Evaluation features from the NNMi console, clear the Show Unlicensed Features  check box. (Recommended if you do not plan to install a permanent license for these features.)

To display Unlicensed or Evaluation features in the NNMi console, select the Show Unlicensed Features  check box.

Enable Table Row Shading

If enabled , NNMi color-codes each row of an incident view according to the incident status.

If disabled , incident views are not color-coded.

Registration Attributes for User Interface Configuration
Attribute Description
Last Modified Indicates the last date and time that any of the user interface attributes were modified.

NNMi also enables you to configure features specific to Node Group Maps. See Define Node Group Map Settings for more information.