Good News/Bad News
We have had SAM/NPM for many years at our organization. We've had one person who was primarily responsible at its inception and he was soley focused on NPM, and I've been the primary on it for the last few years with my focus being SAM.
How long does it take to stand up and start using the basics, a week or two(?). How long does it take to figure out that there is more to SAM/NPM that I will ever fully be able to utilize (2 months). Like most SW Admins I wear a lot of hats, and Orion is just one small part of my job (I get less than 2-3 hours in an average week to improve/fix), yet we monitor almost our entire infrastructure from it, and now have a NOC in its infant stages that looks at it for many hours each day.
I love this product, I think it's insanely powerful, but every time I attend a webinar about it or read some of the posts, i realize there are more features and ins/out that I don't utilize than the ones I do utilize.
Awesome, thank you for sharing! I'm glad to see it's been working great and you guys are still happy with it after so many years.
When I was given the reigns of my first Solarwinds deployment I was also told to get our documentation under control for an environment with about 300 servers and a network of 1000 switches (although most of those switches we only needed to ping for up/down thankfully)
I worked on it intermittently learning as I went and maybe putting in an hour or two each day on either documentation or Solarwinds tasks for about a year before I felt like things were where I wanted them to be, but the bulk of the alerts and nodes were set up within a couple weeks. The part that took me so long was just digging up info on all the servers and switches we had floating around and then using custom properties to tag all that info into Solarwinds. Ended up building a lot of topology maps and diagrams as well in Atlas.