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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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