Conversation map for a merged task

If the DNA Conversation Map is showing a view of a merged task, the view is divided into three sections: Primary on the upper left, Secondary on the upper right, and Between the Probes on the lower middle.

Figure 1. Conversation Map - Merged

Conversation map - merged
Conversation map - merged

Primary and Secondary are default labels that can be changed to more meaningful labels such as Client or Denver. The label names are arbitrary, user-defined, and assigned by the Merge Wizard using the names you entered for the capture points. The capture point internal to your network is usually designated as the primary side, while the remote capture point is designated as being on the secondary side. This arrangement is especially important if your network uses a firewall with address translation.

The Between the Probes section contains any nodes that occur between the two capture points or that are so designated based on the way DNA handles capture data. If the tasks were captured at two different times or if one side of the conversation occurs in a spot that is physically between the two capture points, one or both of the nodes in the conversation is shown in the Between the Probes section of the Conversation Map.

This example of a conversation map for a merged task shows the three sections and traffic between the client and a web server with no extraneous conversations.

The client node is now located within the Primary (client) section. Sometimes, however, the node that is designated as the client node may be located elsewhere because the first node to transmit is automatically designated as the client node by default in DNA. If that happens, you can use the pop-up menu to select a client node.