Get a guided tour of Engineer's Toolset from a SolarWinds sales engineer. 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 Mark Allen, SolarWinds Sales Engineer. This is a guided tour of the SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. The Engineer's Toolset is a collection of utilities that let you configure, monitor and troubleshoot your network. There are over 50 different tools, and in this video, we will take a look at some of the most popular ones.
Before we go to the specific tool, let me show you how to navigate the product. We'll start by launching the Engineer's Toolset Launchpad. The Quick Start search bar is the easiest way to move around Engineer's Toolset. For example, if you want to see a list of tools related to configuration, you can 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 of matching tools. Another way to find and select tools is to use the tree navigation on the left.
The tree includes a list of folders used to group related tools. For example, if you want to discover devices on your network, you can open the Network Discovery group to see a list of tools related to network discovery. By default, there are nine different folders. You can also create new folders in group tools based on your own preferences.
To create a new folder, first select "Create Folder" and give it a name. Then select all the tools you want included in the Awesome Tools folder and click on "Create Folder." There is one permanent folder named "All Tools." As the name implies, it is a folder that contains every tool available in Engineer's Toolset, and it cannot be deleted. If you want to see a full list of tools, this is a great place to start.
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'll be prompted to enter the IP address of the switch you want to map. You can also specify the SNMP credentials or community string. With that information, you're 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 Realtime tool gives you a 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 a device to send NetFlow packets to this tool. Once the NetFlow Realtime 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 application, conversation, domains, endpoints, and protocols.
The final tool we will look at is Config Compare. This tool compares any two configurations for differences or changes between them. Config Compare will first download a copy of your running or startup configuration. Once that's complete, you can compare the current configuration to previous or any other configurations. This lets you understand exactly what has changed and is a great way to uncover configuration errors.
These are a few of the most popular tools included with the Engineer's Toolset, but it's only the beginning. There are over 50 different tools that let you configure, manage, and troubleshoot your network. To learn more, visit SolarWinds.com to download a free trial.