Overview

This course is designed for those Network and/or System administrators tasked with the installation, configuration, and maintenance of the Network Node Manager i Software (NNMi) product. This course teaches the skills needed to successfully implement the product to manage small, medium, or large networked enterprises. The course includes training on the NNM i Smart Plug-In (NNM iSPI) Performance for Metrics Software.

This course is designed for administrators of the NNMi software 10.x application.

The hands-on lab exercises in this course use NNMi software version 10.0.

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Prerequisites

To maximize success in this course, students should have a working knowledge the following topics:

  • Windows system administration
  • Network protocols
  • Network device administration

Target group description

This course is intended for network or system administrators and network engineers seeking a more in-depth knowledge of Network Node Manager i Software 10.x.

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Delegates will learn how to

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Configure network discovery
  • Manipulate NNMi tables and device object records
  • Design topology maps
  • Configure incidents
  • Generate performance graphs
  • Generate performance reports
  • Perform core administration tasks
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Outline

Module 1: Introduction to HP Network Node Manager i (NNMi) Software

  • Course Objectives
  • Configure network discovery
  • Manipulate NNMi tables and device object records
  • Design topology maps
  • Configure incidents
  • Generate performance graphs
  • Generate performance reports
  • Perform core administration tasks

Module 2: Managing SNMP and ICMP Communication

  • Configure authentication for SNMPv1, SNMPv2, SNMPv3 (individual, region, type, filter, default)
  • Configure alternative authentication names
  • Use an alternate SNMP port or timeout
  • Use an SNMP proxy
  • Use the SNMP Command Line Interface (CLI)

Module 3: Discovery Architecture and Operation

  • Describe what NNMi discovers, how far, which objects
  • Describe how NNMi groups discovered objects
  • Describe how NNMi discovers connectivity
  • Describe limits of duplicate IP address management

Module 4: Configuring Discovery

  • Turn auto-discover (inventory) on/off
  • Schedule discovery
  • Initiate manual discovery (single, group, all nodes)
  • Expand discovery (single node, from file, for region)
  • Limit discovery (filter by region, type, node or interface level, before/after SNMP query)
  • Recheck node configuration
  • Recheck connectivity
  • Remove discovered objects (individually, by filter, by region)

Module 5: Using the Management Console

  • Start the NNMi console
  • Locate workspaces
  • Navigate tables, maps, views, and forms
  • Access object details
  • Sort and filter tables

Module 6: Configuring Node and Interface Groups

  • Describe how node and interface groups are applied in NNMi
  • Configure a group by object type, region, specific object, default
  • Use advanced filtering on object capabilities

Module 7: Customizing Views

  • Create a map of a node group
  • Place the map in the list of topology maps
  • Control the default map displayed when the console opens
  • Add a background to a map
  • Control status propagation
  • Add connections to Path View maps

Module 8: Status Monitoring Architecture and Operation

  • Differentiate between fault monitoring and performance monitoring
  • Identify data gathered for interface monitoring and component health
  • Describe the roles of State Poller and Causal Engine
  • Describe the operation of neighbor analysis

Module 9: Customizing Status Monitoring

  • Turn polling on/off (specific nodes, region, type)
  • Set polling interval by node or interface group
  • Set objects to out-of-service mode
  • Select polling protocol and set of data to be gathered
  • Verify the polling settings for an object
  • Perform an on-demand status poll of an object
  • Check polling backlog/performance
  • Exclude objects from status polling (individual, region, type)

Module 10: Configuring Users

  • Configure a user account for each of your NNMi users with the appropriate capabilities
  • Describe what each user group may access in the console
  • Configure Custom Security groups
  • Configure tenants
  • Configure command-line permissions
  • Audit account activity

Module 11: Troubleshooting Network Issues

  • Describe the incident life cycle, assignments and ownership, and states
  • View network incidents and incident details
  • Sort and filter incidents
  • Assign and reassign incidents
  • Delete an incident
  • Annotate an incident
  • View historical incidents (closed)
  • Cross-launch to graphical visualization
  • Interpret root cause incidents
  • Launch and interpret network visualization (different types)
  • List nodes, interfaces, and addresses in the network
  • View object details
  • Filter a view by node group or interface group
  • Invoke troubleshooting tools
  • Check the status and configuration of a device
  • Display incidents for a device

Module 12: Troubleshooting Using MIBs

  • Describe the use of Management Information Base (MIB) browsing and graphing during troubleshooting
  • Graph MIB data
  • Browse MIB data

Module 13: Event Monitoring Architecture

  • Describe event sources and processing

Module 14: Customizing Event Monitoring

  • Add and delete event definitions
  • Customize event category/severity/message
  • Create a new category or family
  • Add vendor trap definitions
  • Exclude an event from display
  • Block trap storms
  • Block reception of events

Module 15: Thresholds and Customed MIB Monitoring

  • Configure iSPI Performance for Metrics Software thresholds and incidents
  • Configure Custom Polling Threshold Monitoring

Module 16: iSPI Performance for Metrics Software Architecture

  • Describe how NNMi passes data to the iSPI for Performance Metrics Software
  • Describe how the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software stores data
  • Perform basic troubleshooting steps
  • Verify that data are being collected by NNMi
  • Verify that collected data is being used by the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software
  • Check that the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software is configured properly
  • Start the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software service
  • Verify that performance polling is enabled
  • Verify that the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software Home Page opens


Module 17: Viewing Performance Data and Reports

  • List the reports available from the iSPI Performance for Metrics Software
  • Explain the difference between Reports and Live Reports
  • Modify the report settings to change the way a report displays data
  • Create Custom Dashboards

Module 18: Administering NNMi

  • Customize NNMi console settings
  • Back up NNMi data and configuration
  • Check NNMi health from the GUI
  • Locate NNMi log files
  • Move from test to production (import/export tools)

Module 19: Managing Virtualization

  • Identify the Hypervisor (ESXi Server) hosting a virtual machine (VM)
  • Use a loom map to identify the hosting Hypervisor's Network Interface Card (NIC) that the Virtual Machine is connected to
  • Use a wheel map to identify the hosting hypervisor's Network Interface Card (NIC) that the Virtual Machine is connected to.


Appendix A: iSPI Engineering Toolset

  • Describe the functionality provided by the iSPI Network Engineering Toolset
  • Generate Incident-triggered diagnostic execution
  • Generate Trap Analytics reports
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