As promised in a previous post, I want to go a little deeper into a few of the steps outlined in brad.hale's great white paper, "How to Create the Ultimate Network Management Dashboard", that we've got up on our SolarWinds Resource Center. The white paper gives a brief rundown of the steps required to get a network management dashboard using SolarWinds NPM up and running, and, in this post and those following, I want to go into each step and provide a bit more detail with some links to even more detailed treatments.
The first step to creating your Ultimate Network Management Dashboard is the determination of who gets to see what on your network. Ask yourself two questions:
Look at your staff. If you want to do so, SolarWinds can help you define the view that each one of your people gets to see. Once you've determined who gets to look at your dashboard, you need to figure out how each user is going to log on and what they'll see when they get there. Our documentation can walk you through the process of defining user accounts, but we've also got a great video on the process, too, that I'd highly recommend.
Next time, I'll go into the process of logically dividing your network so you can make sense of all the different types of devices and their relations that you've got out there.