ORION 101: Introduction to SolarWinds Public Training Class

Day 1

Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Day 2

Network Performance
Monitor (NPM) – Continued

Day 3

NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), Network Configuration Manager (NCM), Flow Technologies

Day 4

Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Log Analyzer

Day 5

IP Address Manager (IPAM), User Device Tracker (UDT), VNQM, Storage Resource Manager (SRM), & Server Configuration Manager (SCM)

WHY PUBLIC TRAINING? The training is a comprehensive overview and detailed explanation of Solarwinds® modules. It is led by a seasoned engineer and former Solarwinds® employee, with experience working on hundreds of unique Solarwinds® platforms.

• Learn the fundamentals of SolarWinds® tools
• Hands-on learning lab with customized equipment

SolarWinds Training Classes Modules Covered - NPM, NTA, NCM, SAM, IPAM, VNQM, SRM, SCM, & UDT

ORION CORE 101: Introduction to SolarWinds

The Loop1 Systems SolarWinds Orion Core training course is geared toward students of all knowledge levels. The objectives covered in the course 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 more advanced users. Simultaneously 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.

Day 1: Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

1. Understanding Orion NPM Server Prerequisites

1.1 IIS & SQL Server Verifications

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.

2. Installing Orion Modules

2.1 Orion Configuration Wizard setup

Students perform a hands-on installation of Orion and all the core modules on their own virtual machine and learn how to leverage the configuration wizard to maintain an Orion deployment.

3. Using the Orion NPM Web Console

3.1 Populating the Orion NPM Node Database

  • Network Discovery
  • Adding and Removing Nodes
  • Editing Nodes
  • Understanding Node Grouping

3.2 Creating & Managing Web Console Users

  • Defining View Limitations

3.3 Working with Monitoring Protocols

3.4 Working with Database Retention & Database Maintenance in NPM

Students gain experience with creating and editing nodes as well as understanding node groupings.  Other topics covered: creating and maintaining web console users, establishing monitoring protocols, and maintaining an NPM database.

Day 2: Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) - Continued

4. Orion Maps

4.1 Creating Maps in Orion NPM

  • Network Atlas vs Orion Maps

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.

5. Orion NPM built-in tools

5.1 Working with Custom Properties, Groups, & Dependencies

  • Creating and Editing
  • Defining Properties, Groups, & Dependencies

5.2 Creating and Managing Views

5.3 Poller Management

  • Universal Device Poller
  • Poller Settings

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.

Day 3: Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) & Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

1. Understanding Orion NTA Prerequisites

1.1 Database Performance Considerations
1.2 Flow Technologies
1.3 Configuring NetFlow Sources

2. NetFlow Design Theories

3. Using the Orion NTA Web Console

3.1 Viewing NetFlow Sources
3.2 Working & Monitored Applications
3.3 Working & IP Address Groups
3.4 Orion NTA Data Retention
3.5 Configuration of NetFlow on common CISCO devices

    • Configuration using both CLI and NCM

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.

Day 3 (Continued): Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

1. Understanding Orion NCM Server Prerequisites

1.1 IIIS & SQL Server Verification

2. Using Orion NCM

2.1 Populating Managed Devices

  • Network Discovery
  • Adding and Removing Nodes
  • Editing Nodes

2.2 Creating and Managing Users

  • Adding Users
  • Assigning Roles

2.3 Working with Jobs

  • Scheduling Backups
  • Scheduling Bulk Changes

2.4 Enabling Real-time Change Notification

2.5 Working with Compliance Reports & Policies

  • Defining Rules
  • Assigning Rules to Policies
  • Assigning Policies to Reports

2.6 Understanding Device Templates

2.7 Working with the Orion NCM Web Console

  • Integrating with Orion NPM

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.

Day 4: Orion Server & Application Monitor (SAM)

1. Understanding SAM Prerequisites

1.1 Orion Service Packs
1.2 Application Discovery

2. Populating SAM nodes into Orion

3. Understanding Orion SAM Components & Templates

3.1 SAM Component Monitors

    • Windows Based Components
    • Synthetic Transactions – User Experience Monitors
    • Linux/Unix Script Monitors

3.2 Assigning Application Monitor Templates
3.3 Understanding Orion SAM Credentials

4. Understanding Alerting with Orion SAM

5. Working with Orion SAM Applications & Components in Reports and Groups

6.Working with Orion SAM Objects in Orion Maps

6.1 Including Applications & Component Status in Maps

7. Understanding Orion Log Analyzer (LA) Prerequisites

7.1 Log Analyzer vs Log View
7.2 Basic Functionality and Rules Processing

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.

Day 5: Orion IP Address Manager (IPAM), VoIP and Network Quality Manager (VNQM)


1. Understanding Orion IPAM Prerequisites and Installation

2. Using the Orion IPAM Web Console

3.1 Defining Monitored Subnets
3.2 Monitoring Microsoft Windows & Cisco DHCP Servers

3. Understanding Orion IPAM Alerting

4. Working with Orion IPAM in NPM reports

5. Working with Orion IPAM in configuring IP Request Forms

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.

User Device Tracker (UDT)

1. Understanding and using UDT

1.1 Adding nodes using UDT
1.2 Understanding Ports vs Interfaces
1.3 User Tracking
1.4 Working with Lists

    • White listing
    • Watch listing

1.5 Reports and Alerts

Server Configuration Manager (SCM)

1. Understanding SCM Requirements

2. Conducting Hardware & Software Inventory using SCM

3. Working with Profiles

3.1 Creating Custom Profiles
3.2 Assigning Profiles using SCM

4. Understanding FIM and tracking changes


1. Understanding VNQM Prerequisites

1.1 Orion NPM & Service Packs
1.2 VNQM Capable Sources

2. Using the VNQM Web Console

2.1 Adding VNQM Devices
2.2 Defining VNQM Operations

    • Understanding VNQM Operation Types

2.3 IPSLA Operations
2.4 Call Managers

3. Leveraging VNQM Statistics in Orion Maps

1.1 Using VNQM Data in Maps

4. Working with VNQM Alerts

5. Working with VNQM Reports and Groups

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.

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