Thanks for the post and I’m glad you liked the booth. I built all the demos for the show and am happy to tell you what I did. Just for background, although I was a programmer in a former life, I’m more interested in content than development, and I didn’t do any custom programming for the show. Everything you saw was out-of-the-box Orion configuration. I had three different Orion demos in the booth.
Here’s what I did on the “local” demo- the one which managed all of the gear at the show:
- Set up fourteen PC’s, two switches and two routers in the booth, split the connector cables into two bunches and plugged them at random into the two switches
- Installed Orion and the NetFlow and APM modules
- Ran the Orion discovery wizard and automatically pulled everything on my booth LAN into Orion.
- Logged into the Orion web console as Admin
- Clicked the APM tab, set the WMI credential and added monitors for all the SQL servers, Exchange, Orion, AD and some other apps I installed earlier on the PC’s
- Used the free SolarWinds NetFlow Configurator tool to get the gateway router emitting NetFlow to Orion
- Clicked the NetFlow tab, and added my gateway router interface to Interop to the list of NetFlow emitters
- Opened MapMaker and imported an image of the booth plan I got from marketing, and dragged all the devices from the inventory tray onto the map to match their positions in the booth
- Opened the Toolset Switch Port Mapper and connected to the two switches I randomly jammed all the Ethernet connectors into and it quickly showed me which machine was on which interface
- Went back to MapMaker and added links from each device back to it’s corresponding switch, selecting it’s connected interface
- Tweaked a couple of views in the Admin tab
- Set the admin password
Done. Total time, about 30 minutes including the Orion install and NetFlow configuration.
On the “hero” theater Orion demo I started with the on line demo, and spent about an hour customizing views. All the views were default, i.e. I didn’t create any custom views, I just added NetFlow and maps to a few pages, and reordered the default resources on a few pages.
Total time, about 30 minutes including the Orion install and NetFlow configuration, excluding setting up the PC's. ;-)
I'm really happy that your boss came and saw us at InterOP and that he liked what he saw. In addition to what Patrick posted above you've inspired me to blog a bit on this subject.
Also, if there's interest from other readers we'll host an ad-hoc webcast on this subject over the next couple of weeks. If not, drop me a line and I'll twist Pat's arm into joining us for a quick con-call.
Thanks for the reply.
Since I was not able to go to InterOp could you post some screenshots of the different page views? I would like to see what was done and how it all looked in Orion and if I could do this to ours? I am looking forward to the blogs and will try to incorporate some of this stuff into our site.
Any chance on some help with adding tabs on the menu bar?
Not really sure what you mean by "tabs".
The trade-show gear is in transit back from Las Vegas and hopefully will be back in Austin in a couple of weeks. I'll be setting it up again in the lab to prep for Cisco Live toward the end of the month, and can grab the screenshots then. :)