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)
- IIS & SQL Server Verifications
- 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
- Network Atlas vs Orion Maps
- 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)
- Database Performance Considerations
- Flow Technologies
- Configuring NetFlow Sources
- 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)
- IIIS & SQL Server Verification
- Network Discovery
- Adding, Editing and Removing Nodes
- Scheduling Bulk Changes & Backups
- Integrating with Orion NPM
Day 4 Orion Server & Application Monitor (SAM)
- Orion Service Packs
- Application Discovery
- 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
- Including Applications & Component Status in Maps
- 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)
- Defining Monitored Subnets
- Monitoring Microsoft Windows & Cisco DHCP Servers
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)
- Orion NPM & Service Packs
- VNQM Capable Sources
- Adding VNQM Devices
- Defining VNQM Operations
- Understanding VNQM Operation Types
- IPSLA Operations
- Call Managers
- Using VNQM Data in Maps
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)
- White listing
- Watch listing
Server Configuration Manager (SCM)
- Creating Custom Profiles
- Assigning Profiles using SCM
Meet the Instructor
As a founding member of Loop1 and current Chairman and CEO, Bill has recently stepped back into the classroom to lead the SolarWinds training practice he established some ten years ago at Loop1. A natural instructor and self-proclaimed geek at heart, Bill has a passion for helping others with technology, and in particular, for translating technical concepts into plain English. He started his career as a network engineer and has been working with SolarWinds tools since 2000. He currently holds 5 SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) certifications (NPM, NCM, NTA, SAM, and A&D).
Marcus Jacomb is a Field Systems Engineer at Loop1 in Cork, Ireland—providing remote and onsite support consultancy across all SolarWinds IT network management and monitoring tools. He has a vast amount of experience in working with clients of varying sizes and across a range of industry sectors, assisting with their SolarWinds deployments. This includes installation services, configuration, consulting, troubleshooting, system design, support, and training provision.
Marcus is an enthusiastic, outgoing, self-driven and professional individual who thrives on new, exciting challenges and hard work. He has achieved all available SolarWinds certifications and plans to continue to learn and certify as new exams become available.
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