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New to Solarwinds

I hope everyone is having a good day- My company is looking at implementing Solarwinds NPM/NTA soon.  I've been charged with it's install and administration.  I'm currently reading up on the administrator guides and watching as much as I can find.  I though it would be a good idea to reach out to everyone that has more experience.  Have you all found anything that I should be mindful of?  Do you have any thoughts or tips that might help me out?  I'm likely going to install Orion and the dashboard on VM machines (documents state they should be separate?)  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

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brscott
Level 12

Re: New to Solarwinds

That might be some older information.  NTA was a separate VM for a long time, but now it's integrated into the "Polling Engine".

My advice:  If you are not going to have a full-time test installation, then go ahead and install everything on one VM with sql Express.  Play with it for a while, then delete it and start over.  You will learn a lot about the Solarwinds terminology and how things work.  Don't even bother with your licenses yet, just use the 30 day demo licenses.  Be willing to spend a lot of time during the demo asking questions here, until it starts to make sense. 

The second time around, get a DBA to help you get a real Microsoft SQL server on a separate VM and everything else on the main Orion VM.  so yes you still end up with two VM's.

If you intend on monitoring anything other than some switches, routers, firewalls and netflows, then you will probably also need to consider "Server and Application Monitor" SAM

If your network is cisco (or probably some other supported brands), then you might also consider "Network configuration manager" NCM.

You mentioned VM's so you might also consider Virtualization Manager VMAN.

I mentioned these things, because for me it was a lot easier to get everything at once in a single request.  Solarwinds prices with the extra stuff included should be on par with other monitoring systems.  If you keep going back to the boss and asking for more modules every 6 months, they tend to get tired of it.  Your mileage may very.

<sarcasm>Oh and you need to order soon... there are huge discounts that will expire at the end of the [month|quarter|year] </sarcasm>  You'll understand this after a few times of talking to your sales person.

brscott
Level 12

Re: New to Solarwinds

actually now that I think back, that separate NTA VM was a proprietary database.  You can now use the SQL server as the database server instead.  Not that this detail makes any difference to you...

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i_like_eggs
Level 13

Re: New to Solarwinds

Hi, and welcome

You could also take a look at the eLearning resourses

NPM : Success Center 

NTA: Success Center 

If you have already purchased your license you can access the virtual class room on here: Virtual Classrooms | SolarWinds Customer Portal these classes are actually very good specually for starting out

Re: New to Solarwinds

Thanks to you both.  I've just burned through the 30 day trial (ended yesterday) and I learned a lot from just going in and poking at it with a stick.  What's it really going to break, right?  As far as I've been told- We're just wanting to look at the Routers/switches ingress and egress traffic.  We're not going to be using it to monitor workstations, etc (yet?).  The Success Center has been my best friend for the past month and I'm sure it will continue as well.  Once I get the license- I fully intend on going after the SCP as well.  Right now- I'm just trying to find my equilibrium and do some THWACK networking.

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