Our distributor in Germany has created French, German and Spanish language packs. The language packs are not a full versions. If you already installed the English version, then copy (replace) the language pack files into the program installation directory:
German v12.0.4 files:
French v12.0.4 files:
Spanish v12.0.3 files:
Is "A Picture Worth A Thousand Words?" Maybe even more than that!
I frequently receive requests to show departments / teams how their system(s) may be performing on the network. It's not enough to just tell them "Your server's latency is sub-millisecond, it's connected at 1 Gb/s at Full Duplex, and no network errors have been recorded on its switchports in the last three months." When you offer that kind of information it's accurate, but it may not fill the actual need of the request.
Maybe they want to know a LOT more that NPM can show about even basic network status of a system:
I never found a canned NPM Report that would show everything the customer wanted. But I learned how to build one!
Check out my method of building a Custom View that shows multiple windows in a single screen--my own little "single-pane-of-glass" deployment here: How to create a simple custom view of multiple interfaces' bandwidth utilization
It's incredibly easy to build a blank custom View that has as many monitors/ windows/ reports as I want:
I just built a new view for all the interfaces on a Core 7609 yesterday using this process, and will build another one today on another 7609. In the screen shot below I've zoomed far out to give you an idea of what I can see--a graph for each interface's utilization. Normally I'd have the browser window zoomed in enough that the three columns fill a 24" display and are easily readable, and easy to scroll through vertically.
What would you pay an outside vendor to build this kind of custom view for you? $5K? More? Depending on the complexity and number of interfaces, I can start and complete a new multi-interface view, complete with custom labels and customized monitoring periods and granularity in less than ten minutes--AND provide a wealth of useful, specialized information to whichever customer wants it. Better still, I can show them how to tweak the individual windows' views to reflect differing amounts of polling granularity and time covered by the graphs.
The ability to build this has filled needs by my team, by our IBM Big Iron team (always wanting to see how much of the multiple 10 Gig interfaces they're consuming at once), our Bio Med group (which LANTronix devices have the best or worst uptime--and where they're located!), the Help Desk (what sites or systems are impacted by any given port being down), and more. I've built all these specialized views / reports and made them available via NPM to multiple teams, and the need for this info only grows. I've also built custom multi-graph windows that provide information about:
Take a look at my "How to" page here: How to create a simple custom view of multiple interfaces' bandwidth utilization. Then talk over the idea of providing this kind of information with your favorite (or problem) customers, and you'll see you can build bridges and service unmet needs a lot easier than you expected. It's another way NPM shines--with information already available to you!
Our Desktop Support Team (which I'll call "EUPS" from here on--for End User Platform Support) rarely unpatches data cables from switches when PC's or printers or other devices move or are retired. That results in switches and blades with potentially many ports patched, and nothing using those ports.
That's a waste of money.
When someone has a new device to add to a network, possibly requiring a new data drop to be pulled to the network room, and there's no open ports on a stack of switches or in a chassis switch, we've got few options:
So how does this magical report work? Easily and efficiently! Check out how to build it here: https://thwack.solarwinds.com/docs/DOC-188091
Once it's built for a switch, it's easily modified to change switches--just change the switch name in the title, and change the switch name in Datasource1, and run the report.
My team uses this almost every day, and I bet I use it weekly. How many switches has this saved us from buying, how many ports have we been able to reuse? Let's say we use it only twice a week. That's over a hundred ports every year that are repurposed at no cost! And since they're typically in different network rooms, you might say we avoid having to buy between fifty and a hundred new switches or blades every year.
A network switch port costs about $169 (including 10/100/1000/POE) if it's in a high-density high-availability chassis switch that's fully populated, and about the same if it's in a stackable switch.
So the actual cost of 50 ports X $169 = $8,450. That's not too bad since it's money not spent for recovered ports. 100 ports is $16,900. Not insignificant, and not something you want to waste.
But let's build a worst-case scenario:
Some organizations offer a bonus to employees who discover and recommend process changes that result in significant cost decreases to the company, and the company bonus could be equal to 10% to 25% of the annual savings. If someone offered me 25% of $80K for saving the company from having to buy more switches every year, I'd be all over that!
And this easy Solarwinds report does it for free. Did the money saved pay for something significant to the company? Did you get a juicy bonus for your money-saving suggestion?
p.s.: This report ALSO saves unnecessary downtime--we don't end up guessing about the purpose of a port, and unpatching and repurposing mission critical ports that are only used once every few months or years--because we label those ports in the switches. The report includes those labels in its output along with how long the ports have been down. It even displays them by length of down time, from longest to shortest. Schweet!
OpsGenie – a cloud based alert and notification management solution – has recently announced integration with SolarWinds Web Help Desk. So, how does it work?
By using OpsGenie with SolarWinds Web Help Desk Integration, you can forward SolarWinds Web Help Desk tickets to OpsGenie. OpsGenie can then determine the right people to notify, based on on-call schedules, email, text messages (SMS), phone calls and iOS & Android push notifications. OpsGenie will continue to escalate the alert until it’s acknowledged or closed.
For more information, please refer to the following support document.