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For more information on NPM, visit: http://www.solarwinds.com/network-performance-monitor.aspx ...

For more information on NPM, visit: http://www.solarwinds.com/network-performance-monitor.aspx

Watch this webcast: http://www.solarwinds.com/resources/webinars/customertraining/orion/npm/

Orion NPM training Level 1 Training session includes:

• Optimizing hardware configurations for Orion
• Understanding Orion’s architecture
• Installation, discovery, and base configuration
• Leveraging the information that Orion provides

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  • Webcast: Orion MPM Customer Training Level 1
    Session 1
  • Orion NPM Customer Training
    This presentation is a SolarWinds customer training on Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM.) If you are not a SolarWinds customer, we recommend downloading & installing a 30-Day Trial evaluation of Orion NPM so you can follow along & understand the material being presented better.
    SolarWinds Trials to Download:
    Orion Network Performance Monitor – Download Now>>
  • A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds
    based in Austin, Texas
    Josh Stephens - Head Geek, Monster Blogger, Constant Tweeter
    Brandon Shopp – Senior Product Manager, Orion NPM
    Today’s Topic: Orion NPM Customer Training – Level 1, Part 1
    Who is SolarWinds?
    Dude, if you don’t’ know this
    you’re on the wrong webcast…
    Introduction
  • Housekeeping
    • Can you hear me now?
    • If not, use the GoToWebinar chat or Q&A panel to let us know.
    • How do you win the free stuff?
    • How do you ask questions and when?
    • Will this thing be recorded?
    • If you don’t have a notebook, get one…
    • Ask lots of questions – Today’s
    feedback will drive part #2.
  • Agenda
    Goals for today’s training session
    Understanding the Orion architecture
    Building systems to host Orion
    Managing the Network
    Where to Learn More and Q&A
  • Goals for today’s training session
    By the end of this session you should be able to:
    Understand Orion’s architecture
    Build and optimize a system for running Orion
    Install and configure Orion
    Begin using Orion to monitor network health
  • Objective #1 – Understand Orion’s Architecture
    Orion has 3 main sets of components
    Orion’s data collection engines
    Orion’s website and web services
    Orion’s data stores
  • Orion’s Data Collection Engines
    Orion Polling Service
    Leverages SNMP and ICMP
    Collects general Orion data (status, response time, interface stats, etc)
    Polling based
    Orion Syslog and Trap Services
    Receive, store, and alert on Syslog and SNMP Trap messages
    Listening based
    Orion Universal Device Poller (UnDP)
    Used SNMP to collect customizable information from devices
    Can collect from “any MIB”
    • Orion Job Engine
    Used by Orion NPM (wireless) and modules for data collection
    Leverages several different management protocols
  • Orion’s Website and Web Services
    Orion Web Site
    Hosted within IIS
    Primarily ASP.NET based
    Can be installed on a separate machine (Orion Web Console)
    Provides the primary UI for Orion
    Orion Web Services
    Hosted within IIS
    Used by internal Orion components for communications
    Used to connect Orion to distributed components (EOC for instance)
  • Orion’s Database
    Orion NPM’s Database
    Leverages Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or 2008
    Recommended that production versions run full copy of SQL on a separate machine
    Doesn’t usually require a dedicated SQL Server
    If you’re not sure, just pick the standard installation options and you can always change it later
    The Orion database server is typically the most important component in determining performance of the Orion system.
  • Orion Architecture
    Advanced Alert Engine
    SystemManager
    NetPerfmon
    Service
    DCOM
    ICMPSNMP
    Reporting
    SNMP Trap Service
    SNMP
    NetPerfmonDB
    Syslog
    Syslog
    Service
    ASP.NetWeb Site
    SNMP
    WCF
    Job Engine
    SNMP Poller
    Core Services
    WCF
    Discovery
    Information Service
    Network Atlas
    11
  • SCP Question #1
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    A router monitored by Orion NPM reboots, and the interface indexes change.How does Orion handle this event?
    A. Orion uses internal ID numbers rather than relying on the interface indexes.
    B. Interface indexes must be manually updated using Web Node Management.
    C. Interface indexes are automatically updated by the Orion scheduled rediscovery process.
    D. Interface indexes are automatically updated by re-running Orion Network Discovery.
  • SCP Question #1
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    A router monitored by Orion NPM reboots, and the interface indexes change.How does Orion handle this event?
    A. Orion uses internal ID numbers rather than relying on the interface indexes.
    B. Interface indexes must be manually updated using Web Node Management.
    C. Interface indexes are automatically updated by the Orion scheduled rediscovery process.
    D. Interface indexes are automatically updated by re-running Orion Network Discovery.
  • Objective #2 - Building Systems to Host Orion
    The first step – assessing your environment
    How many nodes and interfaces will you be polling and how do you figure this out?
    What are your requirements for polling frequency and how do you determine them?
    Which additional modules will you be using and what if you don’t know?
    If using additional modules, how many elements will they be managing?
    Do you have decommissioned server (old HPOV servers for instance) that you can re-use for this deployment?
    If you need to deploy on sub-optimal hardware, rollout a phased management approach.
  • Building Systems to Host Orion
    The Orion Server
    Can you leverage a separate SQL Server?
    If so, just do it.
    If so, consider deploying Orion on a virtual server.
    If not, build a plan to migrate there.
    Advantages of deploying Orion on a virtual server
    Easy backups and restores
    Built-in redundancy with VMotion
    Lowered hardware and datacenter costs
  • Building Systems to Host Orion
    Orion’s SQL Server
    The more RAM the better
    64-bit systems rock
    Be wary of SANs/NAS
    RAID 5 is OK for OS and Apps but not for data storage – use RAID 1,0
    • Best practices for improving SQL Server performance
    64-bit systems allow use of more RAM
    SANs can be used but must be tuned for high volumes of small IO transactions – i.e. latency is the key
    RAID 1,0 offers the best IO performance
    Use disk controllers with at least 256 MB of battery backed-up write back cache
    Put the SQL data files and log files on separate disk controllers or at least separate channels
    Leverage tools like RAMDisk for better SQL performance
    Ask for your DBAs help – this is their area of expertise
  • Building Systems to Host Orion
    • Obviously, don’t forget the documented system requirements…
  • Investigating Orion’s Health
    Are the polling engines keeping up?
    Do the charts have holes in them that don’t correspond to downtime?
    Does the CPU on the Orion server stay fully loaded all the time?
    Are there errors in the Orion event logs?
    Is the polling cycle completing?
    Is database maintenance running correctly?
    • Is the Orion website running as well as it should?
    Consider the data required for the displayed web resources
    Can you move some of these to less often displayed views?
    Network wide resources take a lot of resources to display
    Think through the value of the data that you’re presenting
  • Investigating Orion’s Health
    Is SQL Server slowing things down?
    Check read and write disk queue lengths
    Microsoft recommends that they stay less than 2X the number of disk spindles you have within the system
    Are there errors in the Orion event log or are there SQL timeouts?
  • SCP Question #2
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    An Orion NPM administrator needs to customize the Orion Web Console to reflect the company's name and image.Which action accomplishes this?
    A. use the Custom Property Editor to group nodes by location names 
    B. use the Web Console settings to change the banner logo and site text
    C. use Map Maker to portray company images and branding
    D. use Manage Views to add custom HTML resources
  • SCP Question #2
    The first 5 correct answers get a free SolarWinds t-shirt
    An Orion NPM administrator needs to customize the Orion Web Console to reflect the company's name and image.Which action accomplishes this?
    A. use the Custom Property Editor to group nodes by location names 
    B. use the Web Console settings to change the banner logo and site text
    C. use Map Maker to portray company images and branding
    D. use Manage Views to add custom HTML resources
  • Objective #3 – Install and Configure Orion
    Checklist for Initial Orion deployments
    Orion installed and all services and website running
    Devices discovered and added to Orion for management
    System is not overloaded
    Web accounts built and views defined
    • Alerts configured and enabled for critical devices
  • Managing the Network with Orion
    Network Discovery
    Update your ACLs and firewall rules before running
    Tip – use a management subnet vs. specific IPs
    Be sure to enter the correct SNMP credentials
    Be smart about choosing which devices and interfaces to manage (by type most likely)
    Manually adding devices
    • Grouping devices
    Built-in grouping
    Custom properties
  • Configuring the Orion Web Console
    Building accounts
    • Customizing Views
    • Views by Device Type
    • Customizing the Top 10 Lists
  • Objective #4 – Use Orion to monitor network health
    Configuring and Enabling Alerts
    Basic Alerts
    • Advanced Alerts
    • Alerts for SNMP Traps
    • Alerts for Syslog
    • Stay tuned for an advanced class on alerts coming soon…
  • Using Orion to monitor network health
    Understanding the Top XX Lists
    Leveraging Network Maps
    Using charts and graphs
  • Orion NPM Customer Training
    This presentation is a SolarWinds customer training on Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM.) If you are not a SolarWinds customer, we recommend downloading & installing a 30-Day Trial evaluation of Orion NPM so you can follow along & understand the material being presented better.
    SolarWinds Trials to Download:
    Orion Network Performance Monitor – Download Now>>
  • Where to get learn more…
    Documentation
    SolarWinds technical documentation:
    http://www.solarwinds.com/support/documentation.aspx
    SolarWinds Knowledge Base (KB):
    http://www.solarwinds.com/support/knowledgebase.aspx
    Videos, blog posts, and webcasts
    http://www.solarwinds.com/geek
    Community
    http://www.thwack.com
    Technical Support
    http://www.solarwinds.com/support/
    • SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) program and training content
    • http://www.solarwinds.com/certification/network_certification.aspx
  • Summary and Q&A
    Thank you for attending!
    To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of
    SolarWinds products visit: www.SolarWinds.com
    Contact information
    Josh Stephens, Head Geek
    headgeek@solarwinds.com
    twitter: sw_headgeek
    Blog: http://geekblog.solarwinds.com/
    p.s. Remember to renew your maintenance!!!