ORION 101: NETWORK Public Training Class

Day 1

Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Day 2

Network Performance
Monitor (NPM) – Continued

Day 3

NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

Day 4

Server & Application Monitor (SAM)

Day 5

IP Address Manager (IPAM), VoIP,
& Network Quality Manager (VNQM)

WHY PUBLIC TRAINING? The training is a comprehensive overview and detailed explanation of Solarwinds® modules for the “Network” track. 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 & UDT


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 NPM

2.1 Orion NPM Configuration Wizard

Students perform a hands-on installation of NPM on their
own virtual machine and learn how to leverage the configurationwizard 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 Working with Custom Properties

  • Defining Custom Properties
  • Using the Account Limitation Builder

3.3 Creating & Managing Web Console Users

  • Defining View Limitations

3.4 Creating & Managing Views

  • Customizing Default Views
  • Creating Views
  • Working with the Custom HTML Resources

3.5 Working with Wireless Devises in NPM

  • Autonomous Access Points
  • Thin Controllers & Lightweight Access Points
  • Wireless Clients

3.6 Working with Database Retention & Database Maintenance in NPM

3.7 Working with Syslog & SNMP Traps in NPM

Students gain an in-depth, hands-on understanding of the various functions within the Orion web console. The instructor covers best practices for node discovery, managing users, view limitations, custom properties and data retention. Classroom discussions present concepts and ideas with a step-by-step approach to apply the best practices to each student’s individual production environment.

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

4. Orion Network Atlas

4.1 Creating Maps in Orion NPM

  • Understanding Connect Now
  • Understanding Child Status Indicators

Students gain experience building maps in Network Atlas and learn best practices for presenting Orion data visually in maps for both business application status and geographic mapping.

5. Orion NPM Server Applications

5.1 Advanced Alert Manager

  • Creating and Editing Alerts
  • Defining Alerts Actions and Escalation

5.2 Orion Report Writer

  • Creating and Editing Alerts
  • Automating reports with Orion Report Schedules

5.3 Universal Device Poller

  • Creating Customer Pollers
  • Working with Transforms

Students gain experience modifying built-in alerts, reports and custom pollers. Discussion topics include bestpractices for alert creation and notifications, minimizingfalse positives, automation of report delivery. 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)

1. Understanding Orion NTA Prerequisites

1.1 Orion Service Packs
1.2 Database Performance Considerations1.3 Configuring NetFlow Sources

2. Installing Orion NTA

2.1 Orion Configuration Wizard

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

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. Installation of Orion NCM

2.1 Orion NCM Configuration Wizard

3. Using Orion NCM

3.1 Populating Managed Devices

  • Network Discovery
  • Adding and Removing Nodes
  • Editing Nodes

3.2 Creating and Managing Users

  • Adding Users
  • Assigning Roles

3.3 Working with Jobs

  • Scheduling Backups
  • Scheduling Bulk Changes

3.4 Enabling Real-time Change Notification

3.5 Working with Compliance Reports & Policies

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

3.6 Understanding Device Templates

3.7 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

1. Understanding SAM Prerequisites

1.1 Orion Service Packs

2. Installing Orion SAM

2.1 Orion Configuration Wizard

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 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 Network Atlas

6.1 Including Applications & Component Status in Maps

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

2. Installing Orion IPAM

3. Using the Orion IPAM Web Console

3.1 Defining Monitored Subnets
3.2 Monitoring Microsoft Windows &

Cisco DHCP Servers

4. Understanding Orion IPAM Alerting
5. Working with Orion IPAM in Orion NPM Reports

In-depth review of IP Address Manager features and benefitsrelative to the successful management of an enterprise IP address space scheme.

Students perform a hands on installation of IPAM in their own virtual machine and learn how to leverage the IPAM features to manage the IP address environment. Students will gain anunderstanding of how to monitor and manage both Windowsand Cisco DHCP servers and scopes from within IPAM, as wellas Windows DNS servers. The instructor will cover best practices such as the use of split scopes, and the benefits of techniquesand settings such as DNS scavenging to ensure accurate name resolution data within the IPAM console.


1. Understanding VNQM Prerequisites

1.1 Orion NPM & Service Packs

1.2 VNQM Capable Sources

2. Installing VNQM

2.1 Orion NPM Configuration Wizard

3. Using the VNQM Web Console

3.1 Adding VNQM Devices
3.2 Defining VNQM Operations

Understanding VNQM Operation Types

4. Leveraging VNQM Statistics in Network Atlas

4.1 Using VNQM Data in Maps

5. Working with VNQM Alerts


6. Working with VNQM in NPM Reports and Groups

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

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