This course is designed for learners who already have experience using GNS3 as well as at least a rudimentary understanding of SolarWinds NPM installation and usage. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) has always been a necessary tool to include in your network-monitoring-toolbelt, but have you ever considered how it could be paired with GNS3? For those with GNS3 experience, pairing GNS3 along with a virtual-machine running SolarWinds NPM can be one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with all of the features of this product, without impacting live, production networks. This course begins with a basic overview of NPM hardware and software requirements, so you can get a single machine up-and-running that will host both your GNS3 simulated topology, as well as a virtual-machine running NPM. We then progess on to explaining details and requirements for creating your VM, and how to correctly associate this VM within GNS3 so they can recognize and communicate to each other. You'll learn how to configure NPM to dynamically discover all of the devices within your GNS3 topology as well as any physical lab devices you may have. Finally, you'll learn about an exciting, new feature of NPM version 12.0 called NetPath services. You'll see how you can play with this feature within the safe confines of your GNS3 environment, as well as deep-dives into how NetPath services actually accomplishes its task using Wireshark packet captures.
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