SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor


SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor
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  • Master wireless monitoring and the control of wireless access points
  • Learn how to respond quickly and efficiently to network issues with SolarWinds Orion NPM
  • Build impressive reports to effectively visualize issues, solutions, and the overall health of your network

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2013
ISBN : 1849688486
ISBN 13 : 9781849688482
Author(s) : Joe Dissmeyer
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Installation
Chapter 2: Orion NPM Configuration
Chapter 3: Device Management
Chapter 4: Network Monitoring Essentials
Chapter 5: Network Monitoring II
Chapter 6: Setting Up and Creating Alerts
Chapter 7: Producing Reports and Network Mapping
Chapter 8: Maintenance
Appendix A: Documentation and Support
Appendix B: The Thwack Community
Appendix C: Additional SolarWinds Orion Software
Index
  • Chapter 1: Installation
    • System requirements
    • Windows Server setup
      • Internet Information Services (IIS)
      • Microsoft SQL Server
    • SQL Server setup
      • Service accounts
      • Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
      • Configuring the SQL Server services
      • Verifying SQL Server authentication settings
      • Configuring the Windows Firewall
    • Installing SolarWinds Orion NPM
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Orion NPM Configuration
      • Orion Configuration Wizard
      • Orion Website Administration
        • Authentication and access
          • Changing the default Admin password
          • Disabling the Guest user account
          • Manage Accounts overview
          • Creating individual user accounts
          • Adding Active Directory user accounts
          • Adding Active Directory security groups
          • Account permissions
        • Setting thresholds
      • Orion NPM licensing
        • License tiers
        • Extending and increasing NPM licensing
        • Upgrading Orion NPM from an evaluation license
        • Licensing, best practices
      • Overview of the dashboard
        • Website notifications
        • HOME tab
          • Summary page
          • Groups page
          • Top 10
          • Events
          • Alerts
          • Syslog
          • Traps
          • Message Center
          • Reports
          • thwack
          • Custom Summary
          • Training
        • NETWORK tab
          • NPM Summary
          • Network Top 10
          • Wireless
          • VSAN
          • Overview
        • Virtualization Summary
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Device Management
        • Discovery Central
          • Network discovery
          • Using the Network Sonar Wizard
            • SNMP credentials
            • VMware user credentials
            • Windows user credentials
            • Network
            • Discovery Settings
          • Frequency and scheduling
            • Next steps
        • Adding nodes
          • Adding nodes from a Scheduled Discovery
            • Including nodes
            • Discovery Ignore List
          • Manually adding nodes
            • Add Node wizard
        • Polling
          • Polling methods
          • Interface statistics
        • Node & Group Management
          • Nodes
          • Groups
          • Dependencies
          • Interface configuration
            • General
            • Bandwidth
            • Polling
            • Custom Properties
            • Dependencies
          • Credential libraries
            • SNMP credentials library
            • Windows credentials library
            • VMware credentials library
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Network Monitoring Essentials
          • Monitoring basics
            • Map
            • All Nodes and All Groups
            • All Triggered Alerts
            • Event Summary and Last 25 Events
            • Search nodes
            • Custom
            • Customizing views
              • Manage Views
              • Add New View
              • Views by Device Type
            • Menu bars
            • Editing Resources
            • Customization
              • Color Scheme
              • External Websites
          • Routers and Firewalls
          • Switches
          • Wireless
            • Wireless controllers and access points
            • Wireless clients
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Network Monitoring II
            • Server monitoring
              • Configuring Windows servers
                • Configuring the Windows Firewall
                • Configuring WMI
                • Configuring SNMP services
              • Configuring Linux servers
                • Configuring the SNMP daemon
              • Monitoring servers in Orion
            • Virtualization monitoring
              • Virtualization summary
              • VSANs
              • Cisco UCS
            • Universal Device pollers
              • Creating an individual poller
              • Creating a transform poller
              • Exporting and importing pollers
                • Exporting pollers
                • Importing pollers
            • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Producing Reports and Network Mapping
                • Understanding reports
                  • Running reports from the dashboard
                  • Running reports from Report Writer
                • Customizing reports
                  • Creating new reports
                  • Adding reports to a page view
                  • Working with the Report Scheduler
                • Network maps
                  • Network Atlas overview
                  • Building network maps
                  • Applying maps to Orion dashboard views
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Maintenance
                  • Service management
                  • Database maintenance
                    • Database Manager
                    • Creating a database backup schedule
                    • Manually backing up the database
                    • Restoring the database
                    • Database clean-up
                  • License management
                    • Using the SolarWinds License Manager tool
                  • Polling engines
                  • MIB database updates
                  • Migrating Orion NPM
                    • Moving the Orion database
                    • Duplicating the Orion database
                      • Configuring the new Orion NPM server
                    • Moving an Orion NPM installation
                      • Configuring the new Orion NPM installation
                      • Re-assigning polling engines
                      • Copying custom reports
                      • Migrating Orion NPM licensing
                  • Summary
                      • Appendix C: Additional SolarWinds Orion Software
                        • Network Configuration Manager
                        • Server & Application Monitor
                        • Patch Manager
                        • Web Performance Monitor
                        • IP Address Manager
                        • NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
                        • VoIP & Network Quality Manager
                        • User Device Tracker

                        Joe Dissmeyer

                        Joe Dissmeyer has a strong background in enterprise-class software and IT systems which include VMware, Windows Server, Windows Desktop, Exchange Server, and Cisco. He holds multiple IT certifications and has an A.S. degree in Computer Information Science. Joe currently works as part of a team of network engineers for a company in central Florida. Prior to accepting this position, he was working as a Senior Technician for a healthcare provider, a Domain Administrator for a small college, and a Service Desk Specialist for a Fortune 100 company. Joe is well versed in server, desktop, and network administration. Aside from his full-time job, Joe is a managed service provider for a few small businesses in central Florida where he provides various remote and onsite IT consulting services. He volunteers his knowledge and skills by participating in the Microsoft Answers forums, the Spiceworks IT Professional Community, and frequently posts troubleshooting and tech articles on his website at www.joedissmeyer.com. Joe is an active member of his local community and shares the visual and audio setup responsibilities with his church's tech ministry team every week. Joe's specialties are the Windows desktop, Windows Server engineering, operating system deployment, network troubleshooting, and network administration. His biggest strength is that he has a deep understanding of how information technology systems work and how they affect a business. You can contact Joe through his website at www.joedissmeyer.com, or via e-mail at joe@joedissmeyer.com.
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Quick installation and calibration of SolarWinds Orion NPM
                        • Develop attractive and informative network reports
                        • Essential maintenance processes and best practices
                        • Efficient network monitoring techniques
                        • Create responsive and flexible alerts
                        • Configure and manage Orion NPM so that it suits your network’s needs
                        • Calibrate Syslog Server and SNMP Traps for best effect
                        • Understand and monitor Virtual Server hosts and Hypervisors

                        In Detail

                        Orion Network Performance Monitor is a scalable, easy-to-use, cost-effective network monitoring system that provides a complete overview of network environments by monitoring performance and availability. Orion NPM enables you to be proactive in detecting, diagnosing, and resolving network issues and outages and has the benefit of supporting hundreds of types of server, OS, and network vendors including Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Linux, Motorola, Brocade, Foundry, and more.

                        Orion NPM is a well-known product and is used by thousands of public and private companies, educational institutions, and government entities for network monitoring. In "SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor" you will learn how to install, implement, and manage Orion NPM to ensure you maintain an efficient, healthy, and performant network.

                        In this book you will start with an overview of the constituent features of Orion NPM. Leading you through installation and configuration this book will help you set up a flexible and dynamic monitoring solution.

                        With Orion NPM in place the book will then take you on a journey through essential Orion NPM and network monitoring concepts and practices. You will cover device management, learning how to use the Network Sonar Wizard, as well as adding devices manually.

                        Turning from novice to pro, you will then be introduced to the core of network monitoring with Orion NPM. You will learn about monitoring Windows and Linux solutions as well as Virtual Servers. You will then master wireless networks and virtual networks. You will then learn how to set up and edit alerts to make network monitoring more efficient and less time-consuming. You will also learn how to develop reports and network maps as well as essential administrative techniques.

                        Approach

                        This book is written in a friendly manner written by an expert with numerous years of practical experience utilizing SolarWinds Orion NPM as a network monitoring solution.

                        Who this book is for

                        This book is for systems administrators, system analysts, and systems engineers who are tasked with installing and implementing a network performance monitor. Knowledge of basic network concepts is required.

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