ARCHIVE: Basic Solarwinds Read Only Access
This is a document to help you get started navigating Solarwinds for performance monitoring and system resources investigations as a read only user.
Accessing Solarwinds :
- VPN to Rice VPN
- From any browser connect to https://solarwinds.net.rice.edu
- Login using Rice SAML
Locating any monitored system using Search:
In the upper right-hand corner of the Rice, Solarwinds websight click on the magnifying glass icon. You can search full or partial results of hostname or ip address. Once entered press the return
A listing of all matches should appear, just to the right under Generic select "Entity" then "Node". This should narrow the search down to only systems or VM nodes.
Click on the system (if there is more than one) you wish to evaluate.
Information on the system:
The screen will display information about the system under headers such as
- Resource Loads (CPU, Disk, Memory, Network)
- Events (logged events, errors, triggers etc..)
- Forcasts (projections of resource exhaustion based on utilization trends)
- Look for the Performance Analyzer in the display and click on it. This will take you to a new web page for digging into performance issues.
- Look at the default items shown. If you do not see a resource you may want to evaluate, look in the upper left-hand corner of the screen for ">>" and click on it. This will open up the Metric Pallete. You can drag and drop monitored resources for the system you are reviewing into the right-hand side of the page. If this is something you want to keep, save the view at the top right.
- Use the time frame editor to look for events during a specific epoc when an error occurred.
- You can export results if you need to share them with a vendor.
- You can also look at information about systems and their dependencies using the built-in Dashboards for information about VM hosts and guests, networking, and other items.
- Review Active Virtual Alerts
- Refer to the Virtualization Storage Summary to find information about the host and guest disk IOP latency and other resources.