Orion 201: Server & Application Public Training Class

Day 1

Application Performance & Availability Monitoring

Day 2

Discovery & Configuration:

Day 3

Designing & Deploying:
End User Experience Monitoring

Day 4

Integration: Virtualization Manager & Storage Resource Monitor

Day 5

Tying it All Together:
AppStack, Application Summary, and More

Why Public Training? The training is a comprehensive overview and detailed explanation of Solarwinds® modules for the “Server and Application” track. It is led by a seasoned engineer and former Solarwinds employee, with experience working on hundreds of unique Solarwinds® platforms.

Features & Benefits • Learn the fundamentals of SolarWinds® tools
• Hands-on learning lab with customized equipment
• Breakfast and Lunch provided each training day
• Led by a Certified SolarWinds® Professional (SCP)

SolarWinds Training Courses Modules Covered - NPM, SAM, DPA, WPM, VMAN, SRM, & AppStack


The Loop1 Systems SolarWinds Orion 201 training course instructs students on how to design and implement end-to-endapplication monitoring by leveraging SolarWinds products. This five day advanced course covers NPM, SAM, DPA, WPM, VMAN, SRM, as well as the SolarWinds Appstack views. The primary objective of this course is to help students evolve from basic up/down monitoring into a holistic end-to-end monitoring technique that allows organizations to pin-point the impact of performance issues or outages across complex application delivery environments. Each of the products in the 201course brings specific data necessary to fully map application delivery and allow administrators to visualize and monitorfailures with fully mapped relationships so the impact of any single failure can be fully understood immediately.

Additionally, this course deals with advanced deployments for large organizations with multiple polling engines and the associated architecture and load-balancing best practices.

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Day 1: Understanding End-to-End Application Performance & Availability Monitoring

1. Understanding End-to-End Application Performance & Availability Monitoring

Students will participate in an in-depth discussion of application architecture and develop an understanding of how to monitor each part of the application deliver enviroment. Students should be prepared to identify a particular application from their production environment as part of this discussion.

2. Advanced Orion NPM Installation and Architecture 

2.1 Advanced SQL Server planning and maintenance

2.2 Using RAM Drive with Orion and SQL for optimal performance

2.3 Planning for more than 10K monitored elements

and load balancing additional polling engines

Students perform a hands-on installation of NPM on their own virtualmachine.

Students will gain an understanding of specific SQL server architecture considerations to ensure optimal Orion performance, including the use of RAM Drive utilities for TempDB and ASP.NET caching.

Students will gain an understanding of specific load-balancingprocedures and best practices to ensure additional pollers are effectively utilized.

3. Installing NPM, SAM, and WPM 

3.1 Advanced Orion performance troubleshooting with Hubble

3.2 Working with customer properties
3.3 Creating and managing Custom Views

3.3.1 Custom site Summary Drill Down Views

3.3.2 Custom Application Summary Views

3.4 Understanding Orion Database retention and Database maintenance

3.4.1 Effective management of Syslog and Trap data in the Orion database

3.5 Quality of Experience

3.5.1 Server vs. Network Analysis Sensors

Students will install all three products before performing discovery in order to have a holistic application map perspective during the elements discovery process

Students will learn how to enable and leverage the Hubble Orion performance debug utility

Students will learn advanced custom summary views for both site drill down and application performance summaries

Students will gain an advanced understanding of the Orion database schema and effective maintenance techniques to ensure optimal database performance

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the Quality of Experience feature, including deployment and integration with application maps

Day 2: Discovery & Configuration of Application Monitoring for NPM, SAM, DPA, and WPM

1. Application mapping & discovery

2. Conducting NPM element discovery 

2.1 Node monitoring SNMP vs. WMI

2.2 Interface monitoring techniques

3. Application Mapping In-Depth

3.1 Identifying all objects to be monitored for a given application

3.2 Identifying dependencies in application delivery

3.3 Determining application and performance thresholds

3.4 End user experience and application monitoring

4. Assigning SAM Application Monitors

4.1 AppInsight vs. Templates

4.2 Defining custom monitoring templates

5. Installing DPA

5.1 Adding monitoring SQL instances to DPA

5.2 DPA and SAM integration

5.3 Integrating DPA data into the Application Summary View

Students will perform NPM discovery in the context of application monitoring and mapping. They will get hands-on experience running network discovery scans. 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. Finally, students will learn the differences between AppInsight and custom template monitors, and deploy both AppInsight for SQL and DPA.

Day 3: Designing and Deploying End User Experience Monitoring

1. Designing Monitoring from the End User perspective

1.1 Synthetic transactions in SAM

1.2 Web Performance Monitor

2. WPM for End User Experience Monitoring

2.1 Deploying WPM Players

2.2 Recording Transactions

3. End User Experience Monitors in the End-to-End Application Map

Students will gain an understanding of different techniques for monitoring End User Experience perspectives

Students will learn about different techniques to simulate and measure end user transactions in both SAM and WPM

Students will design, record, and deploy WPM end user experience monitors using the WPM recorder and the WPM player

Day 4: Integrating Virtualization Manager and Storage Manager with End-to-End Application Monitor

1. End-to-End Monitoring Shared Infrastructure – Virtualization and Storage

1.1 Identifying core matrics for monitoring shared virtual infrastructure

1.2  Integrating SolarWinds VMAN and Orion Custom Application Summary Views with Virtual Infrastructure Integration

1.3  Integrating SolarWinds Storage Manager with Orion custom application summary views

Students will learn how to identify and correlate shared infrastructure such as VMWare, HyperV, and Shared Storage into the End-to-End Application Monitoring

Students will learn how to integrate the virtualization infrastructure data into the application map and application performance summary views

Students will learn how to integrate the storage infrastructure data into the end-to-end application map and application performance summary views

Day 5: End-to-End Application Monitoring - Tying it All Together

1. Understanding SolarWinds AppStack View

1.1 Using the AppStack view and understanding automated coorelation

1.2 Leveraging the AppStack ‘SpotLight’ feature

2. Custom Application Summary views continued

2.1 Going beyond the AppStack view to buildapplication specific performance andavailability views.

3. Custom Performance Thresholds

3.1 Knowing when and how to implement utilization alerts that actually work

Students will get hands-on expierience in the SolarWinds AppStack view to allow them to:

  • Quickly correlate performance and availability data from all parts of the application delivery infrastructure
  • Leverage the AppStack view to identify and create custom application views that quickly and easily summarize specific application performance and availability

Students will learn how to apply the learned skills and techniques to their organizations in order to answer questions including:

  • What applications are affected by performance issues or outages in shared infrastructure?
  • What is the end-user experience for our data center hosted applications?
  • What clients or end-users are affected by a performance issue or outage in shared infrastructure

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