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NTA 4.5 Administrator Guide

Last update: December 4, 2018

This guide provides an overview of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 4.5 features and related technologies. In addition, it contains recommendations on best practices, tutorials for getting started, and troubleshooting information for common situations.

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+ NTA Flow Storage database deployment options

Review the deployment options for installing the NTA 4.4 SQL Flow Storage database.

+ SolarWinds NTA deployment options

Review the deployment options for installing the NTA 4.4 SQL Flow Storage database.

+ Get started with SolarWinds NTA

Set up flow monitoring, NBAR2 on Cisco devices, or add flow-enabled devices and interfaces for SolarWinds NTA to monitor.

+ NTA settings

Use the NetFlow Settings page to configure which flows you want to connect. You can also select which services you want to monitor.

+ View NTA data in the Orion Web Console

Once you have configured and enabled a NetFlow source, you can view the various types of NetFlow statistics that it records in the Orion Web Console.

+ Common tasks and user scenarios

This section guides you through tasks you may want to accomplish with SolarWinds NTA, and provides user scenarios illustrating how you can solve business problems.

+ NTA reports

SolarWinds offers both a broad array of predefined reports and user interfaces that enable you to create your own custom reports.

+ Alerts in NTA

An alert is an automated notification that a network event has occurred, such as a server becoming unresponsive.

+ NTA troubleshooting

In SolarWinds NTA, you can encounter various issues, such as NetFlow issues, chart issues, database connection issues, or CBQoS issues.

+ Device configuration examples

The following sections can be used to help you configure your devices to send flow data to SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.

Orion Platform features

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer uses the Orion Platform, the core architecture for the SolarWinds IT Management Portfolio. 

+ Orion Platform requirements

Hardware, software, and port requirements for the Orion Platform server and for the SolarWinds Orion database.

+ Security enhancements and exceptions

Configure SSL for the Orion Web Console, enable FIPS, antivirus directory exclusions.

+ How Orion Platform products work

Orion platform products monitor your network through different protocols. A typical installation includes a database server and one or more polling engine servers.

+ Add devices

Identify the devices you want to monitor and add them to the SolarWinds Orion database.

+ Manage devices

Edit properties of monitored devices, stop monitoring, edit monitoring settings, stop polling devices or mute alerts.

+ Manage user accounts

Information on how to create and configure user accounts for the Orion Web Console.

+ Groups and dependencies

Organize how monitored data is presented in the Orion Web Console to improve or simplify alerts. Set up dependencies to better represent the status of objects on your network.

+ Customize the Orion Web Console

Learn how to customize dashboards, views, resources and more.

+ Create and manage alerts

Get informed about network events. Use or customize the out-of-the-box alerts, or create new alerts tailored to your needs.

+ Web-based reports

Generate reports in the Orion Web Console based on the predefined reports for your Orion Platform product. Customize existing reports to fit your needs, create reports, schedule a report to run automatically.

+ Web-based License Manager

Activate, add, upgrade or assign licenses with the web-based License Manager in the Orion Web Console.

+ Events

View events, alerts, traps and Syslogs in the Orion Web Console.

+ Hardware health

Get insight into hardware issues on the network. Monitor hardware health based on hardware sensors, such as fan status, power supply status, or temperature.

+ Agents

Deploy agents to collect data for monitoring your network.

+ Syslogs

Configure your devices to send Syslog messages to your Orion Platform product and view them in the Orion Web Console.

+ Traps

View SNMP traps in the Orion Web Console.

+ Maps

See your network devices on maps in the Orion Web Console.

+ Thresholds

Specify thresholds for monitored metrics. Customize general thresholds or use baselines.

+ Admin functions and settings

Proxy settings, counter rollovers, view secure data, chart settings auditing settings, and other settings.

+ Custom properties

Specify custom fields to associate with monitored network objects.

+ High Availability in SolarWinds products

Use SolarWinds High Availability to provide failover protection for your Orion server and additional polling engines to reduce data loss.

+ Polling Engines

Balance polling using Additional Polling Engines and Additional Web Servers, customize polling and database settings.

+ PerfStack

Visually correlate historical time series data from multiple Orion Platform products and entity types in a single view.

Obsolete features

The following features are being deprecated for Orion Platform products:

+ Stand-alone Windows License Manager

With the stand-alone Windows License Manager, you can manage licenses for some SolarWinds products that do not use the Orion Platform, or for Orion Platform products that use Orion Platform 2016.1 and earlier.

+ Legacy Orion Report Writer reports

Orion Report Writer is a stand-alone application for creating reports that has been replaced by the web-based Report Manager in the Orion Web Console.

 

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