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Self-Paced Packet Inspection Training

Level 17

If you have been troubleshooting networks for any length of time (or hanging out on the SolarWinds Thwack GeekSpeak forum) it should be obvious that packet inspection is a technique well worth learning. The depth of insight which packet capture tools like WireShark provide is hard to understate.

It's also hard to learn how to do.

(although galactic props to glenkemp for walking through some implementation basics recently on GeekSpeak.

But unless you have a specific use case, or there's a crisis and your boss is breathing down your neck, it's not easy to find the motivation to actually PERFORM a packet capture and analyze the results. Finding the right data sources, identifying the protocol and port, and calculating the time-to-first-bye or TCP-Three-Way-handshake are - for all but the geekiest of the geeks - simply not something we do for kicks and giggles.

That was the driving motivation for us to include Deep Packet Inspection in our latest version of SolarWinds NPM. But even though NPM 11 does a lot of the heavy lifting, as an IT Pro you still need to know what you are looking at and why you would look there versus any of the other amazing data displays in the tool.

Which is why we have created the FREE email course on Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience monitoring. Detailed lessons will explain not only HOW to perform various tasks, but WHY you should do them. Lessons are self-contained - no cliffhangers or "please sign up for our next course to find out more", and broken down into manageable amounts so you aren't overwhelmed. Finally, 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.

Monitoring tools have advanced past ping and simple SNMP and can now perform packet inspection. Shouldn't you?

Use this link to find out more and sign up: DPI Online Course & Study Group

6 Comments
Level 11

I'm IN!

Level 17

Fantastic. Can't wait to hear about your progress!

Level 15

‌first few days have been informative. Reminds me of the Brent Ozar sql training emails.

I spent the first 8 of my 10 sensor agents on my Solarwinds Orion servers and it's been a good experience since I know the platform well.

Great for getting baselines

Level 15

Good information.

MVP
MVP

Excellent !!

Level 12

This is great. Thank u adatole

About the Author
In my sordid career, I have been an actor, bug exterminator and wild-animal remover (nothing crazy like pumas or wildebeasts. Just skunks and raccoons.), electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and I work with computers. Since 1989 (when you got a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0) I have worked as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. Then about 14 years ago I got involved with systems monitoring. I've worked with a wide range of tools: Tivoli, Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, OpenView, SiteScope, and of course SolarWinds. I've designed solutions for companies that were extremely modest (~10 systems) to those that were mind-bogglingly large (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). During that time, I've had to chance to learn about monitoring all types of systems – routers, switches, load-balancers, and SAN fabric as well as windows, linux, and unix servers running on physical and virtual platforms.