About a year ago, we published the "Monitoring 101" ebook on THWACK and the response was incredible. At the time, I said:
"Despite the relatively maturity of monitoring and systems management as a discrete IT discipline, I am asked - year after year and job after job - to give an overview of what monitoring is."
The page has been viewed over 7,000 times and the document has over 350 downloads by people who want to get up to speed on monitoring themselves, or to share with new members to their team, or to help educate management or external consumer teams about what is possible to achieve with a little bit of knowledge and the right tools. Best of all, the information is completely tool-agnostic so it "works" whether you use SolarWinds solutions or... one of those other guys.
The response to this material online, at trade shows, at at SolarWinds User Groups was so great that we started to present it interactively in SolarWinds Lab episodes (Lab 37, lab 41, and lab 42) and webinars. We even turned part of it into a "Dummies" series guide!!
We recognize that not everyone wants to spend 40 minutes watching a video or reading a 20+ page PDF, so we're offering you another option. Following the success of our "Self Paced Packet Inspection Training" email-based course, we've taken some of the essential concepts from Monitoring 101 and turned it into a FREE seven-day email course. (Join the THWACK page and register here.)
Lessons will explain not only how to perform various monitoring tasks, but why and when you should use them. The lessons are self-contained, meaning that there are no cliffhangers or please-sign-up-for-our-next-course-to-find-out-more ridiculousness. We have broken them into manageable chunks of information, delivery to your inbox means you don't have to remember to go to some website and open a course, and you can work on each lesson at your pace and on your schedule.
Like the Monitoring 101 guide, the email course provides an introduction to monitoring for someone who is familiar with computers and IT in general, but not with monitoring as a discipline. As such, (almost) no former knowledge or experience is required.
Having the right tool for the job is more than half the battle. But, it’s not the whole battle, and it’s not even where the skirmish started. To build an effective monitoring solution, you must first learn the underlying concepts. You have to know what monitoring is before you can set up what monitoring does.