SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor: Deployment and Administration


SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor: Deployment and Administration
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  • Configure network monitoring services on servers and devices
  • Populate SolarWinds SAM with network nodes and tailor it to your environment
  • Design a live network map with the Orion Network Atlas

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 116 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2013
ISBN : 1783551011
ISBN 13 : 9781783551019
Author(s) : Justin M. Brant
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Other

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Deployment Strategy
Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring SolarWinds SAM
Chapter 3: Customizing SolarWinds SAM
Chapter 4: Events, Traps, and Alerts
Chapter 5: Syslog, Reporting, and Network Atlas
Appendix: Troubleshooting
Index
  • Chapter 1: Deployment Strategy
    • Enabling and configuring SNMP on Windows
      • Installing an SNMP service on Windows
      • Assigning an SNMP community string on Windows
    • Enabling and configuring WMI on Windows
      • Enabling a WMI service on Windows
      • Creating an Active Directory service account for WMI
    • VMware host monitoring prerequisites
      • Enabling and configuring SNMP
        • Method 1 – enabling and configuring SNMP via Secure Shell
        • Method 2 – enabling SNMP on ESXi 5.1 or prior via the console
      • Creating a service account for VMHost
    • Enabling and configuring SNMP on Cisco devices
      • Enabling and configuring SNMP on a Cisco switch
      • Enabling and configuring SNMP on a Cisco router
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring SolarWinds SAM
      • Installing SolarWinds SAM
      • Configuring SolarWinds SAM
        • Network Sonar Wizard
          • The SNMP page
          • The VMware page
          • The Windows page
          • The Network page
          • The Discovery Settings page
          • The Discovery Scheduling page
          • The Network Sonar Results Wizard page
          • Application Discovery
      • Active Directory integration
        • Creating a security group for SolarWinds SAM
        • Creating a service account for SolarWinds SAM
        • Assigning a security group to SolarWinds SAM
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Customizing SolarWinds SAM
        • Manually adding nodes
          • Adding servers and devices
          • Adding VMHosts
          • Adding application monitors to nodes
        • Discovery Central
          • Network Sonar Discovery
          • Application Discovery
        • Removing nodes and disabling polling
          • Removing a node from SolarWinds SAM
          • Disabling a node from data polling
          • Removing an application monitor
          • Disabling an application monitor from polling
        • Promoting nodes
        • Classifying nodes
          • Creating custom properties
          • Applying custom properties
        • Managing groups
          • Creating groups
          • Modifying groups
        • Defining dependencies
        • Backing up your customizations
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Events, Traps, and Alerts
          • Reviewing events
            • Adjusting events log retention
          • Utilizing SNMP traps
            • Understanding SNMP functionality
            • Setting SNMP traps on Windows
              • Enabling a Windows SNMP Trap service
              • Configuring a Windows SNMP Service for traps
              • Converting Windows events into SNMP traps
            • Setting SNMP traps on Cisco devices
            • Testing and reviewing SNMP traps
              • Reviewing SNMP traps in the Orion web console
              • Reviewing SNMP traps in the Orion Trap Viewer
          • Managing alerts
            • Reviewing and modifying alerts
            • Forwarding alerts via e-mail
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Syslog, Reporting, and Network Atlas
            • Utilizing Syslog
              • Understanding Syslog
              • Forwarding Syslog on common Cisco devices
                • Enabling and configuring Syslog forwarding on Cisco firewall
                • Enabling and configuring Syslog forwarding on a Cisco switch
              • Testing and reviewing Syslog data in SolarWinds SAM
            • Utilizing reporting
              • Running reports
              • Creating reports
              • Scheduling reports
            • Orion Network Atlas overview
              • Creating a network map
              • Adding network maps to the Orion web console
            • Summary
            • Appendix: Troubleshooting
              • Installation issues
              • Orion web console issues
                • Problems with IIS
                • DNS issues
                • SolarWinds services
                • Restarting the Network Sonar Wizard
              • SNMP polling issues
                • Confirming settings
                • The SNMP tab missing on a Windows server
              • WMI polling issues
                • Windows firewall may be blocking WMI
                • Windows User Account Control may be interfering with WMI
                  • Steps for Windows Server 2008 R2
                  • Steps for Windows 7
                • Configuring WMI at the local computer level
                • WMI Administrative Tools

              Justin M. Brant

              Justin M. Brant has over 15 years of IT industry experience. As an adolescent, he was mentored by his grandfather Edgar J. Reynolds, a retired Naval Oceans Systems Center (NOSC) Electronic Engineer, who trained him on systems such as Apple II, Macintosh Plus, and Windows 2.x. His grandfather's guidance led to a position at Datel Systems, where he began his career in the IT industry. Shortly thereafter, Justin and his brother Gregory created Blue Sun Design LLC, a consulting group focused on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Framework, designed to support small to medium-sized business networks. He later joined the Biomedical Research Institute of America Institutional Review Board (BioMed IRB) as the Network Administrator, where he maintained the IT infrastructure consistent with FDA regulations for electronic records and patient confidentiality. Presently, Justin is the Technical Support Manager at Integrated Default Solutions (IDSolutions), where he manages a team of five help desk technicians supporting 1,300 enterprise users nationwide. His position is multifaceted, involving network support, strategy, design, transition, and operation. His primary responsibilities include refining processes and security measures through developing and maintaining the IDSolutions Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual. In addition, he is the in-house specialist for the ShoreTel PBX & ECC VoIP system.
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              What you will learn from this book

              • Enable and configure network monitoring services and protocols on servers, virtual hosts, and network devices
              • Walk through the installation and initial configuration of SolarWinds
              • Manually add, remove, promote, and demote nodes
              • Classify and group nodes
              • Define child and parent node dependencies
              • Run reports, create custom reports, and schedule automated report forwarding to an email system
              • Troubleshoot common issues with the network monitoring service and SolarWinds SAM

              In Detail

              As a network or system administrator, your primary responsibility is to ensure high availability of all managed IT services. There are a number of monitoring tools available; but these can be complicated and expensive, and may only monitor certain areas of your network. SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is an intuitive, all-encompassing, yet cost effective, enterprise-level network monitoring service.

              A concise and practical, hands-on guide that will teach you how utilize SolarWinds SAM. It provides step-by-step tutorials to walk you through every feature, while teaching you how to tailor the product to your own network environment.

              This book will guide you through equipping your network devices and servers for SolarWinds SAM utilization. It will provide a sequential, hands-on overview of the product, and is suited for networks of all sizes, ranging from small businesses to larger enterprises.

              You will learn how to populate SolarWinds SAM with nodes, then classify and group nodes to tailor the product to your network environment. By doing so, you will benefit from key features such as automated alerts, traps, and reports. Each feature is explained in a practical and useful manner via tutorials and real-world examples to help you start monitoring your network quickly and efficiently, while keeping security implications in mind by applying enterprise-level best practices.

              Approach

              A concise and practical guide to using SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.

              Who this book is for

              If you are an IT professionals ranging from an entry-level technician to a more advanced network or system administrator who is new to network monitoring services and/or SolarWinds SAM, this book is ideal for you.

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