Learn how Engineer's Toolset can help keep your network performing optimally and troubleshoot issues when there are problems. Engineer's Toolset has over 50 tools designed to help you get the job done. From monitors to discovery tools, everything you need to diagnose, troubleshoot, and fix network issues is right here.
Hi this is Brad Hale with SolarWinds and today I am going to provide a guided tour of the SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. The Engineer's Toolset is a collection of tools that let you configure, monitor, and troubleshoot your network. There are over 60 different tools and in this video we will take a look at some of the most popular ones.
Engineer's Toolset v11 made five of the most popular tools available through a web interface for remote and mobile access. These tools include Real-Time Interface Monitor, CPU Monitor, Memory Monitor, Response Time Monitor, and TraceRoute.
When you first access the Toolset web console, you will see an All Tools list of the web-based tools alongside a "Getting Started with Web Toolset" resource. To access an individual tool, simply click on it. The TraceRoute tool is used to analyze the performance and latency of each hop across a communication path and is a great tool if you are having trouble reaching a particular device. Simply enter the hostname or IP address and click 'Trace' to start the discovery of the route. If a node along the TraceRoute path happens to be managed by Orion®, you can navigate to it and perform additional investigation.
The Interface Monitor allows you to see interface statistics in real time. As an example, use this tool if you want to troubleshoot intermittent slow access to an app or service and suspect high interface utilization. When you select this tool, you will be asked to configure the interface monitor. If you also have SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor then you can select one of the managed Orion nodes or you can add a non-Orion device by specifying the IP address or hostname along with the device credentials. Toolset's five-second granularity provides near real-time diagnostics.
The CPU monitor allows you to watch CPU load on multiple Orion or non-Orion nodes in real-time. Each chart is capable of displaying up to 12 CPUs, from a single node or 12 different nodes.
View memory utilization in real-time with the Memory Monitor. Easily see differences in memory utilization even on virtual machines with dynamic RAM allocation.
The Response Time Monitor displays the availability of multiple devices in real-time by providing latency and availability information. Select a managed Orion node or add a new node. When integrated with an Orion core product, the web-based tools can be accessed directly by left-clicking on a node which will directly launch the specific tool.
In addition to these web-based tools, Engineer's Toolset includes over 60 monitoring, discovery, configuration, and troubleshooting tools that are available from the traditional desktop application. To access these tools, you will start by launching the Toolset Launch Pad.
The Quick Start search bar is the easiest way to move around Engineer's Toolset. If you want to see list the tools related to configuration then you could simply enter the word "config." As you type in the search bar, Engineer's Toolset will automatically start suggesting tools that you may want to use. This is very similar to the auto-complete functionality found in most search engines. To complete the search select 'Search all tools' to generate a list a matching tools.
Another way to find and select tools is to use the tree navigation. The tree includes a list of folders used to group related tools For example, if you want to discover devices on your network, you could open the Network Discovery group to see a list tools related to network discovery. By default, there are nine different folders. You can also create new folders and group tools based on your own preferences.
To create a new folder, first select 'Create Folder' and give it a name like "Config." Then, select all the tools you want included in the config folder. When you're finished you click on 'Create Folder' and the new folder will show up in the list. There is one permanent folder named All Tools. As the name implies, it is a folder that contains every available tool an Engineer's Toolset and it can't be deleted.
Now let's take a closer look at some of the tools. We'll start with Switch Port Mapper. Switch Port Mapper is an excellent way to better understand how your switches are being used and exactly what is connected to each port. This is especially useful when you're trying to troubleshoot a network problem. You will be prompted to enter the IP address at the switch that you want to map. You can also specify the SNMP credentials or community string. With that information you are now ready to map the ports. Switch Port Mapper will then discover all the devices connected to the switch and create a logical map listing of which ports are being used by each IP address. You can also see details about each port including its status and speed.
Next, the NetFlow Real-time tool gives you detailed look at the traffic on your network and is a great way to understand what's causing network bottlenecks. In this example, I've already configured advice to send NetFlow packets to the tool. Once the NetFlow Real-time tool is receiving data, you can see what type of traffic is flowing on your network, where it's coming from and where it's going. You can view data usage by applications, conversations, domains, endpoints, and protocols.
Those are a few of the most popular tools included with Engineer's Toolset but that's only the beginning. There are over 60 different tools that let you configure, manage and troubleshoot your network. To learn more, visit SolarWinds.com to download a free 14-day trial.