Orion 101: Introduction to SolarWinds Public Training Class

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

The Loop1 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.

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)

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

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.

Day 2 Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) - Continued

Orion Network Atlas
  • 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

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.

Day 3 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

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 Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Understanding Orion NCM Server Prerequisites
  • IIIS & SQL Server Verification
Using Orion NCM
Populating Managed Devices
  • Network Discovery
  • Adding, Editing and Removing Nodes
Creating and Managing Users
Working with Jobs
  • Scheduling Bulk Changes & Backups
Enabling Real-time Change Notification
Working with Compliance Reports & Policies
Understanding Device Templates
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)

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

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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

Meet the Instructor

Lorenzo
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
Mike Nichol

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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