Monitoring

Feb 092015
 
Observium - new monitoring software

Observium is an autodiscovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium seeks to provide a powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.

Observium Community is available free and open source. Observium Professional … MORE

Dec 142013
 
Orion Failover Engine (FoE)

SolarWinds’ Orion Failover Engine (FoE) is based on NeverFail‘s Heartbeat which allows installation of nodes (servers) in 2 ways:

  • High Availability (HA), commonly called LAN implementation, in which nodes have the same IP address and Packet Filter is responsible for isolating respective node from the network by blocking (filtering) traffic on Principal (public) interface
  • Disaster Recovery (DR), commonly called
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Oct 292013
 
NeverFail Heartbeat DNSupdate for servers not in AD

NeverFail’s Heartbeat allows installation of servers (nodes) in 2 ways:

  • High Availability (HA), commonly called LAN implementation, in which nodes have the same IP address and Packet Filter is responsible for isolating respective node from the network by blocking (filtering) traffic on Principal (public) interface
  • Disaster Recovery (DR), commonly called WAN implementation, in which nodes have different IP addresses and
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Oct 152013
 
Orion Compatibility Check Suppression

Sometimes installer of the Orion packages (Additional Polling Engine, Additional Web Server) needs to check if the version of components (mainly Core) is correct on Primary server. On few occasions I have seen that installer complains that version of Core is incorrect, and in fact newer that one included in packages, so that shall be OK but installer will not … MORE

Sep 242013
 
SNMP Enterprises

Some useful information for anyone working with SNMP:

 

BASE OID: 1.3.6.1.4.1 (Enterprise MIB)

 

VENDOR ICON VENDOR NAME VENDOR ID
IBM 2
Cisco 9
SUN MIcrosystems 42
UCDavis 2021
FreeBSD 2238
Juniper 2636
VMware 6876
Net-SNMP 8072
SolarWinds 11307
Riverbed 17163
Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 19786

 

REF: http://www.iana.org/assignments/enterprise-numbers/enterprise-numbers

 

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Jul 162013
 
Special characters in SQL user password

Normally SQL Server will allow for user to practically have any characters in password. Even NPM (Core) itself will work with that. Yet I have found recently that NCM will not accept ; (semicolon) in the password throwing some slightly misleading error about license when trying to execute Win32 application.

 

 

More to it – Configuration Wizard, for NCM … MORE

Jun 202013
 
SolarWinds Orion Webconsole slow...

Well, that is very common complain. And in majority, and I mean majority cases I came across it is related to the way system’s environment is set up. Starting from the fact that everybody is going virtual without serious review of requirements to meet expectations, to simple DNS mistakes. So to highlight how to go about it:

  1. check OS itself
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Jun 182013
 
SolarWinds Orion NCM, scripts and prompt

Sometimes you are going through scripts and these guys sometimes go to context where it actually changes prompt and that is causing NCM to stop understand what’s going on and in turn to disconnect from device and script not completing.

To suppress prompt checking use:

${DisablePromptDetection}
and then at the end
${EnablePromptDetection}

It is important to enable checking back as … MORE

Apr 172013
 
SolarWinds Orion WirelessSwitchPortMapping (table)

Below is a SQL query to create WirelessSwitchPortMapping (view) in Orion NPM database:

SET ANSI_NULLS ON
GO
SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ON
GO
CREATE VIEW [dbo].[WirelessSwitchPortMapping]
AS
SELECT
ISNULL(wl_con.Controller_Name,'') as [Controller Name],
ISNULL(wl_con.Controller_IPAddress,'') as [Controller Source IP Address],
CASE WHEN wl_con.ID IS NOT NULL THEN CAST(n.[Description] AS NVARCHAR(512)) ELSE ''
END AS [Controller Description], -- description from Nodes table, it can be 
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