Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training

Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training

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Introduction:

The Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training 5-day class takes an in depth look at NPM, NCM, NTA, SAM, IPAM, UDT, VNQM, SRM, SCM.

The Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training class is geared toward students of all knowledge levels. The objectives covered in the class will both introduce the features and best practices to users who are new to Orion products and will dive into advanced configuration options and scenarios intended for the more advanced user.

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The instructor will query students on their specific deployments and aid students in understanding how a specific feature or best practice can be most effectively leveraged in their production environment. Time-permitting, the instructor may have students share their production with the class to be used in a real-world training scenario.

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Duration: 5 days

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Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training – CUSTOMIZE It:
  • We can adapt this Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course in manner understandable to lay audiences.
Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training – AUDIENCE/TARGET GROUP

The target audience for this Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course:

  • All
Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training – CLASS PREREQUISITES

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course are:

  • Fundamental knowledge of Windows
Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training – OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Learn the fundamentals of SolarWinds tools
  • Hands-on learning lab with customized equipment
  • NPM, NTA, NCM, SAM, IPAM, VNQM & UDT
  • Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
  • Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
  • Orion Server & Application Monitor
  • Orion IP Address Manager (IPAM), VoIP and Network Quality Manager (VNQM)
Solarwinds Orion 101: Introduction to Solarwinds Training – COURSE SYLLABUS

Day 1

Module Objectives: In-depth review on how to understand server load (based on number of monitored elements across all installed modules) to determine the appropriate core and SQL server hardware requirements for a given environment.

Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Understanding Orion NPM Server Prerequisites

  • IIS & SQL Server Verifications

Using the Orion NPM Web Console

  • Populating the Orion NPM Node Database
    • Network Discovery
    • Adding and Removing Nodes
    • Editing Nodes
    • Understanding Node Grouping
  • Creating & Managing Web Console Users
    • Defining View Limitations
  • Working with Monitoring Protocols
  • Working with Database Retention & Database Maintenance in NPM

Day 2

Module Objectives: Students gain experience building maps in Orion Maps and learn best practices for presenting Orion data visually in maps for both business application status and geographic mapping.

Students gain experience creating and modifying properties, groups, dependencies, views and custom pollers. Discussion topics include best practices for creating and managing views. Additionally the Custom Poller training covers SNMP fundamentals of understanding MIBs, OIDs and presenting Custom Poller data in the Orion web console.

Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) – Continued

  • Network Atlas vs Orion Maps

Orion NPM built-in tools

  • Working with Custom Properties, Groups, & Dependencies
  • Creating and Managing Views
  • Poller Management
    • Universal Device Poller
    • Poller Settings

Day 3

Module Objectives: Students develop an understanding of what data is included in flows, how to leverage IP address groups for understanding traffic flow of specific sites, applications or users. Students implement flow to their own classroom servers.

Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

Understanding Orion NTA Prerequisites

  • Database Performance Considerations
  • Flow Technologies
  • Configuring NetFlow Sources

NetFlow Design Theories
Using the Orion NTA Web Console

  • Viewing NetFlow Sources
  • Working & Monitored Applications
  • Working & IP Address Groups
  • Orion NTA Data Retention
  • Configuration of NetFlow on common CISCO devices
    • Configuration using both CLI and NCM

Day 4

Module Objectives: Students gain hands on experience creating new templates, working with SAM component monitors, and developing techniques for determining how to monitor the various layers of business services and applications.

Orion Server & Application Monitor (SAM)

Understanding SAM Prerequisites

  • Orion Service Packs
  • Application Discovery

Populating SAM nodes into Orion
Understanding Orion SAM Components & Templates

  • SAM Component Monitors
    • Windows Based Components
    • Synthetic Transactions – User Experience Monitors
    • Linux/Unix Script Monitors
  • Assigning Application Monitor Templates
  • Understanding Orion SAM Credentials
  • SAM Component Monitor

Understanding Alerting with Orion SAM
Working with Orion SAM Applications & Components in Reports and Groups
Working with Orion SAM Objects in Orion Maps

  • Including Applications & Component Status in Maps

Understanding Orion Log Analyzer (LA) Prerequisites

  • Log Analyzer vs Log View
  • Basic Functionality and Rules Processing

Day 5

Module Objectives: Students perform a hands on configuration of IPAM in their own virtual machine and learn how to leverage the IPAM features to manage the IP address environment. Students will gain an understanding of how to monitor and manage both Window sand Cisco DHCP servers and scopes from within IPAM, as well as Windows DNS servers. The instructor will cover best practices such as the use of split scopes, and the benefits of techniques and settings such as DNS scavenging to ensure accurate name resolution data within the IPAM console.

Students gain hands on experience monitoring both Windows and Cisco DHCP servers. Students configure VNQM operations and gain an understanding of best practices for leveraging VNQM to isolate and identify network performance problems vs. application performance issues.

Orion IP Address Manager (IPAM)

Understanding Orion IPAM Prerequisites and Installation
Using the Orion IPAM Web Console

  • Defining Monitored Subnets
  • Monitoring Microsoft Windows & Cisco DHCP Servers

Understanding Orion IPAM Alerting
Working with Orion IPAM in NPM reports
Working with Orion IPAM in configuring IP Request Forms

VoIP and Network Quality Manger (VNQM)

Understanding VNQM Prerequisites

  • Orion NPM & Service Packs
  • VNQM Capable Sources

Using the VNQM Web Console

  • Adding VNQM Devices
  • Defining VNQM Operations
    • Understanding VNQM Operation Types
    • IPSLA Operations
    • Call Managers

Leveraging VNQM Statistics in Network Atlas

  • Using VNQM Data in Maps

Working with VNQM Alerts
Working with VNQM Reports and Groups

User Device Tracker (UDT)

Understanding and using UDT
Adding nodes using UDT
Understanding Ports vs Interfaces
User Tracking
Working with Lists

  • White listing
  • Watch listing

Reports and Alerts

Server Configuration Manager (SCM)

Understanding Orion SCM Requirements
Conducting Hardware & Software Inventory using SCM
Working with Profiles

  • Creating Custom Profiles
  • Assigning Profiles using SCM

Understanding FIM and tracking changes

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