GNS3

Integrating And Using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor With GNS3

Keith Bogart
Keith Bogart
CCIE #4923

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Course Description

This course is designed for learners who already have experience using GNS3 as well as at least a rudimentary understanding of SolarWinds NPM installation and usage. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) has always been a necessary tool to include in your network-monitoring-toolbelt, but have you ever considered how it could be paired with GNS3? For those with GNS3 experience, pairing GNS3 along with a virtual-machine running SolarWinds NPM can be one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with all of the features of this product, without impacting live, production networks. This course begins with a basic overview of NPM hardware and software requirements, so you can get a single machine up-and-running that will host both your GNS3 simulated topology, as well as a virtual-machine running NPM. We then progess on to explaining details and requirements for creating your VM, and how to correctly associate this VM within GNS3 so they can recognize and communicate to each other. You'll learn how to configure NPM to dynamically discover all of the devices within your GNS3 topology as well as any physical lab devices you may have. Finally, you'll learn about an exciting, new feature of NPM version 12.0 called NetPath services. You'll see how you can play with this feature within the safe confines of your GNS3 environment, as well as deep-dives into how NetPath services actually accomplishes its task using Wireshark packet captures.

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  • Course
    • Course Introduction
      • Course Introduction
    • Overview of SolarWinds NPM Hardware and Software Requirements
      • Topology Explanation, Memory & Software Requirements
    • Usage & Configuration of Virtual Machines for NPM
      • Introduction to Associating GNS3 to NPM Virtual Machines
      • Details of Virtual Machine Requirements, Configuration, Linking to GNS3 & Troubleshooting
      • Assignment & Configuration of IP Addressing for Virtual Machines Running NPM
    • Starting NPM, Basic Troubleshooting & Introduction to NetPath Services
      • Starting NPM & Basic Troubleshooting
    • Netpath Services
      • NetPath Discovery, Configuration, Details, & Troubleshooting
      • Creating a New Service & Netpath Probes
      • Usage of Wireshark within GNS3 to Understand NetPath Operation & Understanding the Visual Path
      • Understanding NetPath Probing Process: Deep-Dive with Wireshark
    • Pairing GNS3 Virtual Devices with NPM & NetPath
      • Utilizing GNS3 Routers Along with Netpath & Creating New NetPath Services
      • Inducing Intentional Link Congestion within GNS3 Topology & Visualization within NetPath
      • Course Conclusion
Course Outline:
  • Course
    • Course Introduction
      • Course Introduction
    • Overview of SolarWinds NPM Hardware and Software Requirements
      • Topology Explanation, Memory & Software Requirements
    • Usage & Configuration of Virtual Machines for NPM
      • Introduction to Associating GNS3 to NPM Virtual Machines
      • Details of Virtual Machine Requirements, Configuration, Linking to GNS3 & Troubleshooting
      • Assignment & Configuration of IP Addressing for Virtual Machines Running NPM
    • Starting NPM, Basic Troubleshooting & Introduction to NetPath Services
      • Starting NPM & Basic Troubleshooting
    • Netpath Services
      • NetPath Discovery, Configuration, Details, & Troubleshooting
      • Creating a New Service & Netpath Probes
      • Usage of Wireshark within GNS3 to Understand NetPath Operation & Understanding the Visual Path
      • Understanding NetPath Probing Process: Deep-Dive with Wireshark
    • Pairing GNS3 Virtual Devices with NPM & NetPath
      • Utilizing GNS3 Routers Along with Netpath & Creating New NetPath Services
      • Inducing Intentional Link Congestion within GNS3 Topology & Visualization within NetPath
      • Course Conclusion

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