Orion 201: System Management & Monitoring Public Training Class

The Loop1 SolarWinds Orion 201 Advanced Training 4-day class takes an in-depth look at NPM, NCM, SAM, DPA, WPM, VMAN, SRM, Custom SQL Alerts and Reports

Attendance on the Loop1 Orion 101 class is not a pre-requisite, but this class will not cover installation or provide a basic overview of NPM, SAM, NCM and the Orion Platform.

Students would highly benefit from a basic understanding of the Transact SQL and PowerShell languages, but prior knowledge is not required.

Day 1 Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Orion Architecture Best Practices
  • Primary Polling Engine
  • Additional Polling Engines
  • Additional Web Engines
  • SQL Server
Discovery of Nodes in the Enterprise
Out-of-the-Box Monitoring vs. Custom Pollers
  • Creation of Universal Device Pollers
  • Creation of Custom Device Studio Pollers
NetPath Configuration
Network Insight for F5 Devices Overview

Students will perform NPM discovery in the context of application monitoring and mapping. They will get hands-on experience running network discovery scans.

Day 2 Network Configuration Manager (NCM) & Server and Application Monitoring (SAM)

Initial Configuration of NCM
  • Creating Customized Device Templates
  • Creating Customized Configuration Change Templates
  • Working with and Understanding Compliance
  • Overview of Change Approval Process
SAM Architecture Best Practices
  • Additional Polling Engines and Web Engines
  • SQL Server
Discovery of Applications in the Enterprise
AppInsight Templates vs Standard Templates
  • AppInsight
  • IIS, SQL, ActiveDirectory, and Microsoft Exchange
Custom Script Component Monitors
  • Create Custom PowerShell Script Monitors
Baselining and Thresholds for Application Alerts

Students will see how to manipulate monitored objects directly in the Orion database while gaining an in-depth understanding of how to map all components of an application within an application delivery environment. Students will gain an understanding of how to monitor availability and performance, including identifying and setting thresholds for application performance.

Day 3 Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), Website Performance Monitor (WPM), Virtualization Manager (VMAN), Storage Resource Monitor (SRM), AppStack View, and Application Maps

Initial Configuration of DPA
  • Importing IPAM data best-practices and caveats
Integration of DPA with Orion and SAM
  • DPA Overview and Monitoring waits
  • Blocks, Alerting & Reporting from the DPA Web Console
Configuration of WPM
Overview of WPM Capabilities
  • User-Experience Monitoring Theories
  • Alerting and Reporting with WPM data
Initial Configuration of VMAN
Integration of VMAN with Orion
VMAN Management
Alerting, and Reporting from the Orion Platform
Configuration of SRM
Alerting and Reporting with SRM data
Using Orion Maps to Create Hybrid Application Maps for the Enterprise
SolarWinds AppStack View Overview

Students will learn the differences between AppInsight and custom template monitors, and deploy both AppInsight for SQL and DPA.

Day 4 Custom SQL Alerts & Reports

Introduction to the Transact-SQL language and basic queries
Introduction to the Orion SQL Database schema
Custom SQL Reporting using both the Web Report Engine and the Orion Report Writer application
Custom SQL Alerts using the Web Alert Engine
Introduction to the SolarWinds Query Language (SWQL)

Meet the Instructor

Lorenzo Brizeño

Lorenzo Brizeño has spent more than 29 years in the IT industry—10 of those with SolarWinds, in technical support initially, and then moving on to become a sales engineer. In 2019, he moved with his family to Cedar Park, TX, and joined Loop1 as a technical trainer, deciding to put to good use his talent for spreading knowledge.

Lorenzo’s background in teaching is varied, from instructing individuals in Salsa dance, to teaching IT professionals how to make practical use of software in their environment. He has a total of 12 years in instructional training and is continually searching for new ways to help impart that knowledge in an effective and enjoyable way. Lorenzo currently holds 5 SCP’s—plus he is actively working toward his sixth.

In his spare time, Lorenzo enjoys catching up on the latest football stats, traveling as often as he can, dancing with his wife, and watching his daughter grow and change daily.

Darryl Drinkwater

Darryl has spent the whole of his working career focused on the Management and Monitoring of IT Systems and networks, often within secured environments. He has been working with SolarWinds software for more than 20 years, and currently holds all 8 available SCP’s, as well as being a SolarWinds Channel Champion.

Darryl has a background in training and development, with a post-graduate award from Cambridge University and a Fellowship from the Learning & Performance Institute. He has an evangelists zeal for implementing consistent, accurate and effective system monitoring following ITIL guidelines.

A typical week for Darryl consists of 50% end-user training and 50% consultancy provision for clients of all sizes and across all industry sectors. Darryl is a frequent participant and invited speaker at trade shows and conferences.

Mike Nichol is a Client Solutions Architect at Loop1 in Australia. Mike has been with Loop1 for 2 years, working extensively with the SolarWinds network management products, incl. NPM, NCM, NTA, VNQM, SAM, EOC, IPAM, and Syslog. He also has a vast amount of experience working with Cisco collaboration and cloud solutions and Microsoft technologies.

Prior to joining Loop1, Mike spent 14 years at Telstra Corporation, designing, costing, and implementing corporate networking solutions, with a focus on network infrastructure, server and storage, telecommunications and collaboration, teleconferencing and user computing.

In his spare time, Mike loves to travel and particularly enjoys immersing himself in different cultures—he recently spent time volunteering at a school in Indonesia while on a business trip to Jakarta, and very much hopes to have the opportunity to do this again

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