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Infrastructure Desk

May 2017

Solarwinds Operational and Maintenance Procedures

Operational Shutdown Before making any changes to the Solarwinds environment, such as patching, application or OS, a shutdown of the Solarwinds services is required. Orion Service Manager can be located on the Solarwinds application server and is a better alternative to having to stop and start services manually. To shutdown Solarwinds correctly click stop everything. [...]

Network Operations Centre Dashboard

When creating a network operations centre dashboard, it has to be concise, informational and relevant. custom dashboard A network operating centre dashboard, should contain IP addresses, server hostnames, relevant connection information, server and software status. It could also contain server specifications. For this production environment, I have applied a background image created in [...]

Charts, Charts, Charts

Creating an informative, useful chart is a great way to display data about an environment. When it is a requirement that an environment is monitored, custom views can be generated to display many key aspects of a server. In the charts displayed, I have created views that dynamically update, adding new servers into the chart [...]

March 2017

Alert Analysis – High Packet Loss – How it works?

Name of alert: High packet loss Description of alert: This alert examines the percent packet loss over the last few minutes. Packet loss is calculated from the number of ICMP packets that are dropped when polling the node. This alert will write to the SolarWinds event log when packet loss rises above 40% and when [...]

Report Request Form

I've had more requests for a report requirement form for Solarwinds, so i've put this together so that a formal process can be adopted. Report requirement form. Basic report requirement statement :       How is the data to be displayed?   Pie Bar Chart Min / Max / Average Chart Radial Dial Table [...]

Alert Request Form

Hello Infrastructure Engineers,   Here I have designed a custom alert request form because many individuals were asking me for custom alerts and there was no formal alert request process. So here it is...   Alert Request Form. Name of alert definition : Description of alert definition :   Evalution period (every 1 minute)? : [...]