Using the Path tool

You can use the Path tool to discover the shortest path between two specified resources.

About this task

To discover the shortest path between two resources, you select the 'start' resource in the Topology Viewer, then open the Path tool from the context menu, where you select the 'end' resource and specify additional criteria to discover the shortest path.


  1. From the Topology Viewer, identify your start resource.
  2. Select the start resource, then choose Find path from the context (right-click) menu.
    The Path tool dialog is displayed.
  3. Use the Search for the end path resource field to search for and select the end resource.
  4. Optional: Choose to Exclude or Include the resource or relationship types from the path.
    Identify the types to be included/excluded from the Resource types to filter and Relationships types to filter drop-down lists (which include all defined types).
  5. Optional: Select the Maximum number of hops permitted when retrieving the path. The values range from one hop to thirty.
  6. Optional: Select Include shortcut relationships to consider the relationships from a resource to a parent, when available.
  7. Click Find path.
    The time taken to calculate the shortest path depends on the complexity of the links between the selected resources.
    A separate Topology Viewer tab labeled Path topology opens, which will display the shortest path or paths between the start and end resources, up to a maximum of five paths.
    Tip: You can toggle back to, and work with, your initial topology view while the system calculates the path in the background.
  8. View or refine the displayed path.
    • When the Path topology tab displays the shortest paths, the start and end resources are highlighted (via blue circle).
    • When you hover over a link between resources, all the paths that include these resources are highlighted.
    • You can further filter the displayed paths using the Filter functionality.