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SolarWinds Certified Professional NPM Exam Preparation Guide

Updated 01/15/2018

SCP Exam Overview

Format: 75 multiple-choice questions

Time allotment: 90 minutes

Study Resources

Each category in this guide includes links to topics with information.  The intention of the resources in this guide are to supplement your years of experience and hands-on training with SolarWinds’ products. The included resources are not all-inclusive and should only aid as a starting place for your studies.

 

Use the available documentation to learn about common procedures and functions of NPM.

For additional study resources, visit THWACK or our Customer Success Center.

Category: Administration & Troubleshooting 

Learn more about administration and troubleshooting with NPM.

Troubleshooting environmental issues with Performance Analysis dashboards Create troubleshooting projects with the Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) dashboard. Troubleshooting projects visually correlate historical time series data from multiple SolarWinds products and entity types in a single view.
Use alerts to monitor your environment Schedule alerts to monitor your network during a specific time and create alerts that notify different people based on alert duration.
High Availability in SolarWinds products SolarWinds High Availability (HA) provides failover protection for your Orion server and additional polling engines to reduce data loss. If your primary server fails, the HA feature allows your secondary server to take over all services, such as polling and alerting, with minimal downtime.
Troubleshooting agent installation, deployment, and connections A list of questions to help you troubleshoot if your agent does not deploy correctly.
Orion Core Troubleshooting Guide - Agent Connectivity  A list of possible actions to take to troubleshoot Agent connectivity  from a network connection. 
Troubleshooting agent installation deployment and connections If your agent does not deploy correctly, use the following questions to help you troubleshoot the issue. You can also install the agent manually to the target computer. 
Identify and troubleshoot an interface that has a problem Troubleshoot alerts that have triggered because an interface has a problem, such as high utilization or the interface going down.

Sample Questions

  1. You notice that you are no longer receiving volume statistics from the Windows servers you are monitoring. None of them are shown as down on the Orion Web Console. You run a packet trace and you can verify that the requests are making it to the servers. Everything was fine yesterday. What is the most likely cause of this issue?
  1. Issues with firewall rules
  2. Windows services are stalled
  3. WMI version conflict
  4. Windows credentials stored in NPM are expired
  1. You are required to report on hourly average response time of the last 60 days. How should you configure your data collection and summarization parameters to meet these requirements without unnecessarily using database size?
  1. Collect response time data every hour, summarize hourly data into daily data after 30 days
  2. Collect response time data every hour, summarize hourly data into daily data after 60 days
  3. Summarize detailed data into hourly data after 60 days, summarize hourly data into daily data after 90 days
  4. Summarize detailed data into hourly data after 30 days, summarize hourly data into daily data after 60 days

Category: Agents

Agents are a feature of Orion Platform products. An agent is software that provides a communication channel between the Orion server and a Windows or Linux computer. Products install plugins on agents to collect the data that the agents send back.

Monitor devices with SolarWinds Orion agents in NPM What is an agent? When do you use agents?
Agent deployment for NPM Deploy agents to a client computer running Windows for SolarWinds NPM.
Deploy agents on Linux-based computers through a repository Use built-in package management tools, such as yum, apt-get, or zypper, to install agent software on your Linux-based computers.
Deploy an agent with the Add Node Wizard Deploying agents with the Add Node Wizard is the recommended method to deploy an agent to a computer.
Deploy an agent to a monitored node Deploy Windows agent software through a server push to perform a network-wide deployment from the SolarWinds Orion server.  
Deploy the agent manually to a Windows computer Deploy the Windows agent manually when troubleshooting connectivity issues with another form of agent deployment.
Mass deploy an agent on Windows Mass deploy a Windows agent to get agents on a large number of computers.
Deploy with a Gold Master Image Use a Gold Master Image to maintain a master image of agent software copied with a newly provisioned server.
Manually deploy an agent on Amazon Web Services Deploy agents manually to a virtual machine using Remote Desktop Connection.
Automatically deploy an agent on Amazon Web Services Deploy a Windows agent on Amazon Web Services for SolarWinds NPM.
Automatically deploy an agent on Microsoft Azure Deploy Windows agents in the cloud for SolarWinds NPM.
Agent requirements in NPM Requirements for deploying agents on Orion platform products.
Agent settings in NPM Access settings and tools to install and manage agents.
Agent communication modes in NPM Learn about how server-initiated communication and agent-initiated communication modes determine how the agent and the Orion Server communicate.
Certificates and the agent in NPM The Verisign Root Certificate Authority must be current so the agent software can sign in with a Verisign certificate.
Agent management in NPM Check agent connection and deployment status, view the status and connection of agents, and manage table columns on the Manage Agents page.
Deploy an agent manually to a Linux-based computer Deploy the Windows agent manually to troubleshoot connectivity issues with another form of agent deployment.

Sample Questions

  1. You deployed Orion agents on several Windows and Linux servers in your environment. Which port do you need to open on your network to ensure that secure, agent-initiated communication from Windows and Linux agents can get through?
  1. 17790
  2. 17778
  3. 17791
  4. 17777
  1. You need to deploy the Orion agent software en masse via Active Directory Group Policy. You've already created the Group Policy but you need the MST file. What's the quickest way to get the MST file?
  1. Download it from https://support.solarwinds.com
  2. Find the download link in THWACK
  3. From the Settings pages of the Orion Web Console
  4. From the SolarWinds installation folder

Category: Alerting

An alert is notification that there is a problem with a monitored element. SolarWinds Orion comes with hundreds of predefined alerts for common problems such as a node or application going down, high interface utilization or packet loss, and many other problems. Learn more about alerting with NPM.

Use alerts to monitor your environment with NPM What are alerts? Use alerts to monitor your environment.
Create alerts to monitor your environment in NPM Use the Alert Manager to create an alert definition, or duplicate an alert.
Available alert actions in NPM Orion Platform products provide a variety of actions to signal an alert condition on your network.
All about alerts Video: learn how effective alerting is critical to the stability of your IT environment.

Sample Questions

  1. You receive a number of alerts on high traffic utilization from several interfaces. When you view the Orion Web Console, you find that traffic utilization has returned within normal ranges. Traffic utilization spikes every now and then and you don't usually consider it a problem. How should you modify the alert definitions so that it fires only when high utilization is sustained for 10 minutes or more?

A. The polling frequency on the interfaces should be longer than 10 minutes

B. The polling frequency on the interfaces should be shorter than 10 minutes

C. Configure the alert to trigger only when traffic utilization is sustained for 10 minutes

D. Configure the alert to reset if traffic utilization is sustained for 10 minutes

  1. You are creating an alert for a Universal Device Poller (UnDP). Which of the following trigger condition helps you target the custom poller you want?

A. A trigger condition where the custom poller MIB is equal to the MIB used in your UnDP

B. A trigger condition where the custom poller Unique Name is equal to the name of your UnDP

C. A trigger condition where the custom poller enabled is equal to true

D. A trigger condition where the custom poller SNMP get type is equal to GetNext

Category: Capacity Planning

With baselines, you can define what is normal for individual monitored objects based on polled data. You can use baselines to detect deviations from the average polled values and receive alerts on the deviations. Learn more about capacity planning with NPM.

Monitor capacity usage trends on the network and forecast capacity issues Monitor capacity usage trends on the network and forecast capacity issues.
Baselines and baseline calculations for NPM Use baselines to define what is normal for monitored objects based on polled data.
Customize capacity forecasting settings for single nodes, interfaces, or volumes Change settings for calculating capacity trends for individual nodes, interfaces, and volumes in NPM.
Change capacity forecasting settings globally Change global calculation method and thresholds used for calculating capacity trends in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).

Sample Questions

  1. You want to change the calculation method for calculating the capacity forecast for all monitored interfaces. Where do you go to change this?
  1. Orion Thresholds
  2. NPM Thresholds
  3. Web Console Settings
  4. Manage Alerts
  1. You want to avoid reaching a certain usage level on a number of critical devices. Which forecast calculation method should you use on these devices?
  1. Automatic calculation
  2. Manual Calculation
  3. Peak Calculation
  4. Average Calculation

Category: Custom Polling

SolarWinds Universal Device Poller (UnDP) is a customization feature of SolarWinds NPM. With UnDP, you can create custom monitors for almost any statistic provided by SNMP based on its Management Information Base (MIB) and object identifier (OID). 

Monitor custom statistics based on MIBs and OIDs with Universal Device Pollers

Monitor almost any statistic provided by SNMP based on its Management Information Base (MIB) and object identifier (OID) with Universal Device Poller (UnDP).

Define a custom statistic to monitor Specify the nodes where you want to poll the statistic for a custom poller in Universal Device Poller.
Transform poller results Transform results returned by a custom monitor created in Universal Device Poller.
Create pollers by duplicating and adjusting pollers Copy and modify the existing Universal Device Poller to poll similar statistics as an available poller.
Import UnDP pollers Use UnDP to import custom pollers exported from UnDPs installed with earlier versions of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
Export UnDP pollers Export custom UnDP pollers to use them in later SolarWinds NPM versions or on different polling engines.
Temporarily suspend collecting statistics for pollers Disable the poller suspend data collection for a custom UnDP poller.
Define UnDP Warning and Critical thresholds Specify warning and critical thresholds for custom UnDP pollers.
View Universal Device Poller statistics in the Orion Web Console See results polled by a custom UnDP poller in the Orion Web Console, and define the resources and views.
View UnDP status on maps See when values polled by a custom UnDP poller on a device exceed warning and critical thresholds.
Cannot find OIDs? Update the SolarWinds MIB Database Update the SolarWinds MIB Database if you cannot find the OID in the MIB tree after your create a custom UnDP poller.

Sample Questions

  1. You want to reduce the number of decimal places returned by an UnDP you created. Which Transform should you use to do this?
  1. Maximum
  2. Minimum
  3. ColumnMaximum
  4. Truncate
  1. Which of the following object types can you apply in Universal Device Poller? Choose two.
  1. Nodes
  2. Volumes
  3. Interfaces
  4. Servers

Category: Dependencies & Groups

Groups and dependencies help you organize how data about your network is presented in the Orion Web Console and can improve or simplify alerts.  Learn more about dependencies and groups with NPM.

Mirror network object dependencies with NPM What are dependencies? Dependencies are parent-child relationships of network objects that reflect constraints on the network. Learn more about Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
Create a dependency between network objects Create a dependency between network objects.
Edit a dependency between network objects Edit a dependency between network objects.
Delete a dependency between network objects Delete a dependency between network objects.
View active alerts on child objects when the parent object is down Display active alerts on child objects manually.
Define object dependencies in SolarWinds NPM Reduce alert noise by defining a dependency between two or more monitored objects in SolarWinds NPM.
Dependencies using custom properties Learn why you should create groups using custom properties instead of groups.
Create groups Select objects you want a monitored group to contain, or specify group members using a dynamic query based on shared properties.
Edit group properties or change the group members Edit group properties or change the group members in the Orion Web Console.
Delete groups Delete a group in the Orion Web Console.
Set the group status based on the status of the group members Set the group status based on the status of group members. Group status can be the same as the best status among the group members, the worst status or mixed status.

Sample Questions

  1. Your core router is about to reboot. What should you do so that alerts about the status of devices behind the core router do not fire during the reboot?
  1. Suppress the alert if the core router is down
  2. Configure dependencies between the core router and affected devices
  3. Disable all alerts during the reboot
  4. Configure longer thresholds on the alerts
  1. When you create a manual dependency in NPM, a group can be designated as a child object, but NOT as a parent object. Parent objects must not be a member of any group in order to be designated as a parent object.
  1. True
  2. False

Category: Maps

Network Atlas is a feature of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM). Learn more about maps with NPM.

How custom views and maps work in SolarWinds NPM Learn about and plan for custom views in SolarWinds NPM.
Create Network Atlas maps in SolarWinds NPM Use the Network Atlas application to create custom maps and network diagrams in SolarWinds NPM.
Add maps to SolarWinds NPM Add a Network Atlas map to SolarWinds NPM.
Create wireless heat maps Create wireless heat maps in Network Atlas to visualize wireless signal coverage on a building floor plan.
Reshape links in NPM maps Use anchor points to change the shape of object links on Network Atlas maps.
Zoom in and out of a map Zoom into a map to enlarge details or to zoom out to reduce its size.
Create nested maps for NPM Use nested maps to navigate through a map to see multiple levels of detail.
Display the status of child objects on maps for NPM Add a secondary status indicator to a Network Atlas map object to reflect metrics such as response time, CPU load, or the state of any child objects. Change thresholds for the metrics.
Add independent objects and floating labels to NPM maps Add objects and labels that are not associated with monitored nodes or resources into Network Atlas maps.
Change the appearance of objects on NPM maps Customize the graphics for objects in Network Atlas maps.
Customize network links in maps for NPM Customize the width, color and line styles for network links in Network Atlas maps.
Customize labels for maps in NPM Customize labels in Network Atlas maps.
Customize the page that opens when you click on a map object in NPM Customize the page that opens when you click a Network Atlas map object in the Orion Web Console.
Link or embed maps for NPM in web pages using the map URL Link or embed Network Atlas maps in web pages using the map URL.
Place nodes automatically on the Worldwide Map If devices monitored in SolarWinds NPM contain information about their location in the OpenStreetMap format, they are added automatically into the Worldwide Map resource.
Add objects on an NPM map Add monitored objects, such as nodes, interfaces, volumes, and Universal Device Pollers (UnDPs) to a Network Atlas map.
Adding Maps to a View Video: learn how to add resources to a view, rearrange resources in columns, and edit charts and graphs.
Mapping Video: learn about map creation, roll-ups and custom views. Get some cool tips and tricks for creating awesome maps that work for everyone in the company.
Building a Map - Video Video: learn how to build a map using the Network Atlas tool, which is included with Orion products such as Network Performance Monitor or Server & Application Monitor.
Manage Worldwide Map of Orion Nodes Resource Manage the Worldwide Map of Orion Nodes Resources.
Nest Maps and other objects in Network Atlas Use Nested maps to navigate through a map to see multiple levels of detail.
Planning and Managing Your Maps Video: what to consider before you start building your maps.
Requirements for wireless heat maps Review the requirements needed to create wireless heat maps.

Sample Questions

  1. You created nested maps in Network Atlas. You want the top-level map to show as down when half of the objects under it are down. How do you accomplish this?
  1. Set availability thresholds for devices to above 50%
  2. Set map status thresholds to above 50%
  3. Set map status thresholds to below 50%
  4. Set availability thresholds for devices to below 50%
  1. You want link statuses to be displayed on a map you are creating in Network Atlas. How do you accomplish this task?
  1. Drag and drop the status object on the link line
  2. Edit the link line and select the appropriate router interface
  3. Edit the router interface and enable Link Status
  4. Edit Router Status and enable the Link Status option

Category: Node Management & Discovery

When you install your Orion Platform product, you must identify the devices you want to monitor, and add them to the SolarWinds Orion database. Learn more about NPM Node Management & Discovery.

Add and manage network devices to NPM Identify the devices you want to monitor, and add them to the database. You can automatically discover and add a larger number of devices across your enterprise or add individual objects for monitoring.
Discover your network for NPM with the Discovery Wizard Use the Discovery Wizard in the Orion Web Console to discover your network (nodes, interfaces, volumes, applications).
Add nodes to NPM using Active Directory Query your Active Directory Domain Controller to add nodes to SolarWinds Orion Platform product. Your SolarWinds Orion server can use the devices specified in AD instead of scanning every IP address in the subnet.
Credentials for Active Directory discovery in NPM Provide the credentials of a Domain Administrator user when you use Active Directory (AD) discovery to add nodes to Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
Automatically add discovered nodes to NPM Automatically add discovered nodes to SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
Add discovered devices to SolarWinds NPM Import network elements into SolarWinds NPM with the Network Sonar Results Wizard.
Add a single node for monitoring with NPM Add a single node for monitoring as an alternative to using the Network Sonar Discovery Wizard.
Choose the polling method to use in NPM Select a polling method for polling data on monitored devices: external node (no status), SNMP, ICMP, WMI, or agent.
Import a list of nodes using seed files to NPM Import devices from a list of IP addresses to SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM). Enter one IP address or host name per line.
Manage scheduled discovery results in NPM Review and manage results of scheduled discoveries in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
Minimize SNMP processing load during discoveries in NPM Specify devices you do not want to discover in the Discovery Ignore List.

Sample Questions

  1. While manually adding a single node, it is not possible to assign Universal Device Pollers from the Add Nodes page. You can only assign Universal Device Pollers from the Universal Device Pollers application.
  1. True
  2. False
  1. For an upcoming maintenance window, you want to ensure that alerts about affected devices do not trigger. What should you do?
  1. Unmanage the device for the duration of maintenance window
  2. Delete the Node. Add it back after the maintenance window
  3. Go to List Interfaces and deselect all the interfaces of device
  4. Nothing, this is the default Orion setting

Category: PerfStack

With PerfStack you can visually correlate historical time series data from multiple SolarWinds products and entity types in a single view to troubleshoot issues, create ad-hoc reports, identify root causes of intermittent issues, and make data-driven decisions on infrastructure changes.

PerfStack Livecast Video:  how the SolarWinds® Orion® Platform can monitor all aspects of your environment now, on-premises and in the cloud, and how it can expand to monitor as your needs grow.
Performance Analysis charts and graphs Learn more about performance analysis charts and graphs in SolarWinds NPM.
Troubleshoot network issues with PerfStack To investigate multi-faceted IT issues, create troubleshooting projects with the Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) dashboard that visually correlate historical data from multiple SolarWinds products and entity types in a single view.
Troubleshoot slow resources in a branch office Troubleshoot an issue where employees in a branch office are complaining about slow resources. Use Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) to correlate metrics, find out the cause of the issue, and resolve the issue.
Troubleshoot intermittent network slowdowns Create a Performance Analysis dashboard (PerfStack™) that correlates metrics to investigate the cause of the network slowdown.
PerfStack Changes the Game PerfStack is part of the Orion Platform of network monitoring applications, and aggregates multiple data points from across the range of products.
PerfStack-Tightly Integrated Functionality PerfStack is a performance-analysis-visualization component of the Orion Platform that enables users to build custom dashboards of time series data.
PerfStack for Multi-dimensional Performance Troubleshooting Gain insight across all of the data gathered by various SolarWinds products.
Using PerfStack for Networks All the products that run on the Orion Platform ship with PerfStack, including NPM. All products can contribute data to PerfStack.
PerfStack- Cross-Stack IT Data Correlation PerfStack™ is a feature with drag-and-drop correlation & performance analysis.
PerfStack: answers to tough question PerfStack is a method for visualizing and correlating data within the Orion web interface.
PerfStack editor Video: learn how to use the PerfStack editor, get tips and tricks to enable team troubleshooting, and discover the secrets to integrating PerfStack in alerts.

Sample Questions

  1. Users in a remote office are reporting that access to network resources is slow. You decide to use PerfStack to investigate the issue. Which statistics should you use in order to find a correlation between the amount of traffic and how close the interface is to being fully saturated? Choose two.
  1. Status
  2. Transmit Discards
  3. Transmit Percent Utilization
  4. Average transmit bps
  5. Average CPU Load
  1. One of your hub sites is experiencing slow network performance. You decide to use PerfStack to find the cause of the problem. From which device would you start your analysis?
  1. From the central site's core router
  2. From the affected hub site's edge router
  3. From the affected hub site's firewall
  4. From one of the central site's switches

Category: Reports

SolarWinds Orion Platform products ship with a broad set of standard reports designed around popular and common areas of interest. Access, run, and view standard reports directly through the Web Console. Learn more about reporting with NPM.

Reports - Video Video: Learn how to create, edit, customize, and schedule reports. See the broad set of pre-configured reports that ship with Orion.
Modify an existing web-based report with NPM Modify an existing web-based report to generate a new report. Add pre-existing resources, or create a custom table or chart.
Create a web-based report with NPM Create web-based reports in the Orion Web Console, and restrict specific users through report limitations.
Customize a web-based report layout with NPM Customize a report layout in the Orion Web Console: width, header, number of columns.
Add content to a web-based report with NPM Add content to a report in the Orion Web Console: resources, charts or graphs.
Add a custom chart or table to a web-based report with NPM Add custom charts or tables to a report in the Orion Web Console. Add a data series and customize a chart or table.
Restrict who can access reports in NPM Restrict who can access reports: use report limitation categories to limit access to reports.
Export and import reports with NPM Export or import reports from the Orion Web Console: XML, excel, pdf, html, or image.
Generate reports on a schedule with NPM Generate reports on a schedule with the NPM.  Use schedules to set up report actions to occur at specific times.
Schedule an NPM report when creating or editing it Create or edit a report in the Orion Web Console to create a schedule, and specify the report to run regularly on the schedule.
Create, assign and edit report schedules for NPM The Report Manager provides a list of all reports that have been set up for your SolarWinds Orion web-based reports.
Schedule NPM reports from the Schedule Manager Use the Schedule Manager to view a list of report schedules you set for SolarWinds NPM. Create, edit, run, and delete schedules, or assign reports to schedules.
Create web-based reports using SWQL Define objects you want to report on using the Semantic Web Query Language. Semantic Web Query Language (SWQL) is a proprietary, read-only subset of SQL. Similar to SQL, you can use SWQL to query your SolarWinds database for specific network information.
HOW TO CREATE CUSTOM SLA REPORTS Learn how to build custom SLA report in Orion.
Add a Universal Device Poller to a report Add a Universal Device Poller to a report.
Configure website URL for Alerts and Reports Use different Web Console URL (public URL, Additional Web Server etc.) in alerts instead of the URL of a Main Polling Engine.
Create an SLA report showing average SLA availability during business hours Use a SolarWinds Query Language (SQL) query to create a daily custom service level agreement (SLA) report that shows device availability during business hours, and reports node availability as an uptime percentage.
Create a Monthly Average Utilization report for all devices Generate a monthly average utilization report for all devices on a network that only shows data for peak business hours, for example, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Create a report for interface percent utilization Create a report that shows interface percent utilization that sends email on a daily basis.
Create a report showing the Switch Stack Member Customize a report to show the Switch Stack Member details (such as, the MAC address, switch number, serial number, among others).
Create a report using Custom Properties Video: learn how to create a volume report using Custom Property in NPM Web Console.
Create a web based report from a Universal Device Poller Create a Web Based report on a Universal Device Poller output.
Display custom SQL report on the Orion web as a Resource view Assign a Custom SQL resource as a report on the Orion Web Console.
Understanding the Custom SLA Report SWQL query Learn how the SWQL query from the Custom SLA Report article works.

Sample Questions

  1. You need to ensure that each NPM user has exclusive access to reports he is responsible for. Which of the following will help you achieve this?
  1. Save the reports in different sub-directories under \Reports and set those as the Report Folder for each account.
  2. Save the reports in different sub-directories and set the permissions for each user.
  3. Create the reports while logged in as each user and set the appropriate permissions.
  4. Use custom properties and account limitations to control report access.
  1. You need to create a report on bandwidth utilization in your network during office hours over the previous month. How do you fulfill this requirement?
  1. Pull all of the usage data and average it by month
  2. Pull last month's usage data and sort it by time of day
  3. Pull this year's usage data and filter by month
  4. Pull last month's usage data and filter out non-business hours

Category: Restrictions & Account Limitations

Account limitations ensure that Orion Web Console users only view the network objects that are relevant to their job duties.  Predefined account limitations use built-in SolarWinds Orion properties to limit user access. For greater flexibility, you can create your own account limitations.

Account Permissions and Limitations - Video Video: learn how to set user permissions for enabling permissions for administrators and users.
Restrict who can access reports in NPM Restrict who can access reports: use report limitation categories to limit access to reports. Users with a report limitation category can only see reports in their category.
Restrict user access to network areas for NPM Use account limitations to restrict user access to specific network areas or withhold certain types of information from designated users.
Display restricted nodes for users with account limitations in NPM Hide or show the restricted nodes for a user in Network Atlas maps.
Limit NPM users to access network areas Use account limitations to ensure that Orion Web Console users only view the network objects that are relevant to their job duties.
Define what NPM users can access and do Define what users can access and do. Provide users or group accounts with privileges that enable them to do tasks such as modifying alert definitions or deleting nodes.
Create limitations based on custom properties for NPM Define the part of a monitored network that users can access based on custom properties, and create custom limitations.
Customize account limitations Customize an account limitation on a specific account.
Delete account limitations in NPM Delete an account limitation to make it unavailable for future use in the Orion Web Console.
Adding View Limitations - Video Video: learn how to add resources to a view, rearrange resources in columns, and edit charts and graphs.

Sample Questions

  1. Your company has two sites. Both have a local IT staff who use NPM. You want to make sure that each site can only view and manage monitored devices in their respective sites. Choose two features that when used together allow you to efficiently fulfill this requirement?
  1. View Limitations
  2. Account Limitations
  3. Device Studio
  4. Custom Property Editor
  5. Perfstack
  1. You want to ensure that an NPM user is only able to see Windows devices on any and all views in NPM. What steps will allow you do this?

       Choose two.

  1. Create an Account Limitation
  2. Create a View Limitation
  3. Select Limitation Type: Hardware Manufacturers
  4. Select Limitation Type: Single Machine Type
  5. Create a new account for Windows

Category: User Interface

Learn how to navigate and customize the Orion Web Console for NPM.

HUGE NEW NPM 12 FEATURES AND THE NEW ORION® UI Video: learn about NPM 12 with NetPath™ F5® load balancer service management, deep Cisco® stack switch monitoring, a new installer, and a new interface is a huge release for SolarWinds.
Add your logo to NPM and the Orion Web Console Customize the Orion Web Console to display your logo at the top of every page. Your logo displays at the top of NPM pages and all other pages in the console.
SolarWinds Orion 2016.1 feature: Brand new look and feel Learn more about the look and feel for SolarWinds Orion 2016.1 products, including the new navigation scheme, options for scaling the menu, and the notifications feature.
Add items in menu bars Add items to menu bars.
Create a chart with interface data from multiple devices Create a chart with interface traffic data from multiple devices.
Create a resource that displays multiple interfaces for one device Create a resource that displays multiple interfaces for one device.

Sample Questions

  1. Instead of the SolarWinds logo, you want your company logo to display on the banner area of the Orion Web Console. Which of the following will allow you to do this?
  1. Use the Custom Property Editor and apply your company logo to all monitored nodes
  2. Use Web Console settings to upload your company logo
  3. Use Network Atlas to display your company images and branding
  4. Use Manage Views to add a custom HTML resource that contains your logo
  1. Your company uses a web-based ticketing tool to handle IT incidents and requests. You want it to be accessible without leaving Orion Web Console. How do you accomplish this?
  1. Add a custom property that points to you ticketing tool's URL
  2. Add user-defined links to the Menu bar
  3. Add a custom link to the Modules bar
  4. Add an external website to the Menu bar

Category: User Management

With user accounts, you have access to user account permissions, user viewing assignments, and application-specific settings.

Adding a New User Account

Video: set user permissions and learn which permissions to enable for administrators and users.

How user accounts work in SolarWinds NPM Learn about basic account permissions, view assignments, and application-specific settings.
Create a user in SolarWinds NPM Create a user account in SolarWinds NPM.
Create users for NPM Create Orion Web Console users. Create individual accounts or accounts based on existing active directory or local domain accounts.
Change account passwords for NPM

Change account passwords for users.

Enable NPM users to authenticate through LDAP Enable your AD users to authenticate through LDAP.
Define what NPM users can access and do Define what users can access and do: provide users or group accounts with privileges that enable them to do their tasks, such as modify alert definitions or delete nodes.
Set default menu bars and views for NPM users Specify what users see in My Dashboards and in Alerts & Activity.
Limit NPM users to access network areas Use account limitations to ensure that Orion Web Console users only view the network objects that are relevant to their job duties.
Restrict user access to network areas for NPM Use account limitations to restrict user access to specific network areas or withhold certain types of information from designated users.
Share NPM views with non-Orion Web Console users Configure a DirectLink account to share views with non-Orion Web Console users.
Log in to NPM with Windows pass-through security Log in to the Orion Web Console automatically, using Windows pass-through security.
Enable Windows Authentication with Active Directory for NPM Use the Orion Web Console to authenticate Active Directory users and users who are members of Active Directory security groups by using MSAPI or LDAP.
Configure automatic login for NPM Log in automatically to the Orion Web Console. Available methods: Windows Active Directory Account, Windows Pass-through security, DirectLink account, Pass-through user credentials in a URL.
Use Active Directory credentials for users in SolarWinds NPM Configure SolarWinds NPM to use Active Directory to authenticate users. Users can use their existing Active Directory credentials to log in to the Orion Web Console.

Sample Questions

  1. You sent a link to a report you created in NPM to key stakeholders. These individuals do not have an account in the Orion Web Console. You want them to be able to view the reports without having to create an account for them. What should you do?
  1. Create a service account for that they can share
  2. Enable the Link only option on the report
  3. Allow the Guest account to access the report
  4. Create a DirectLink account in the Orion Web Console
  1. You need to ensure that an Orion user account can make changes to resources and views as needed. Which permission will allow the user account to do this with the least amount of privilege?
  1. Allow Node Management Rights must be active
  2. Allow Admin Rights must be disabled
  3. Allow View Customization must be enabled
  4. An Account Limitation must be defined

Sample Question Answer Key

Agents

  1. B
  2. C

Alerting

  1. C
  2. B

Capacity Planning

  1. B
  2. C

Dependencies & Groups

  1. B
  2. B

Node Management & Discovery

  1. B
  2. A

Administration & Troubleshooting

  1. D
  2. D

Custom Polling

  1. D
  2. A, C

PerfStack

  1. C, D
  2. B

Maps

  1. C
  2. B

Reports

  1. D
  2. D

Restrictions and Account Limitations

  1. B, D
  2. A, C

User Interface

  1. B
  2. D

User Management

  1. D
  2. C

 

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