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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849688486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849688482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Dissmeyer

Joe Dissmeyer has a strong background in enterprise-class software and IT systems which include VMware, Windows Server, Windows Desktop, Exchange Server, and Cisco. He holds multiple IT certifications and has an A.S. degree in Computer Information Science. Joe currently works as part of a team of network engineers for a company in central Florida. Prior to accepting this position, he was working as a Senior Technician for a healthcare provider, a Domain Administrator for a small college, and a Service Desk Specialist for a Fortune 100 company. Joe is well versed in server, desktop, and network administration.

Aside from his full-time job, Joe is a managed service provider for a few small businesses in central Florida where he provides various remote and onsite IT consulting services. He volunteers his knowledge and skills by participating in the Microsoft Answers forums, the Spiceworks IT Professional Community, and frequently posts troubleshooting and tech articles on his website at www.joedissmeyer.com. Joe is an active member of his local community and shares the visual and audio setup responsibilities with his church's tech ministry team every week.

Joe's specialties are the Windows desktop, Windows Server engineering, operating system deployment, network troubleshooting, and network administration. His biggest strength is that he has a deep understanding of how information technology systems work and how they affect a business.

You can contact Joe through his website at www.joedissmeyer.com, or via e-mail at joe@joedissmeyer.com.


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Joe Dissmeyer lives in central Florida with his wife and children and currently works as a network engineer for a higher education institution. He has held many roles in I.T. including Help Desk, Service Desk, Domain Administrator, Server Administrator, Network Engineer, and more. In each position held, he has been recognized for achievements in critical IT projects that he led or took part in. Joe is also a managed service provider for a few small businesses in central Florida.

Beyond his I.T. jobs and family responsibilities, he volunteers his knowledge and skills by participating in the Microsoft Answers forums and the Spiceworks Pro Community, has speaking engagements at various I.T. Professional events, and he shares the responsibilities of the computer and projection system for Sunday's service at his local church. He is also the author of "SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor" published by Packt Publishing, and he is working on other book projects.

Joe is considered an expert on Windows desktop, desktop operating system deployment, and advanced network troubleshooting and administration. His biggest strength is that he has a deep understanding of how I.T. systems work and how they affect businesses. You can see what Joe is working on via his website at www.joedissmeyer.com.

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I was given this book by packet publishing and over the past 2 weeks compared the material to what I encounter on a daily basis using Solarwinds NPM, NCM, and SAM modules. I thought the book gave a lot of general over all good information. I thought the format and topics covered where good. I would've preferred a little more in depth on the configuring of nodes or using MiB walkers and creating custom pollers. Overall for someone just starting out with solarwinds, this would be a valuable resource.
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I'll note up front that I didn't purchase a copy of the book myself. I received a copy of the e-book from Packt Publishing and I appreciate them giving me an opportunity to review the book and provide my feedback.

I've been administrating SolarWinds Servers for the last 5 years and I was very excited when I learned that someone had written a book about SolarWinds Orion because I agree with the author that the vendor documentation at times is not as useful as it should be but over the years I've seen dramatic improvements made.

At the company I work for, we are using SolarWinds Orion with the SAM module and SolarWinds Enterprise Operations Console. I ran the product through our test lab and wrote the standardized build documents we use for installing and configuring an Orion, EOC and SQL server. As part of training new administrators, I have them read the install and administrator guides for each product, and while they cover 80% of the issues my administrators and I run into on a daily basis, they don't cover the issues that you find yourself dealing with in day to day operations. I was hoping that the author covered many of the things that I ran into and still do to some degree even now. Things like:

- How to enable SNMP on Solaris and other types of devices (i.e. F5 Load balancers and Environmental control units). Perhaps this could be added as an appendix?
- A simple terms explanation of the function of the various Orion services contained within the Orion Service Manager and how they interact with each other.
- Why Orion does NetBIOS lookups in addition to DNS on the nodes and how and when to turn it off.
- An overview of the various logs that Orion generates, their location and the information they contain.
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I was given a review copy of this book in digital form.
I am very much enjoying this manual. It is easy to read, has more explanation for the various configurations and how the modules work within the entire Solarwinds Orion system!
I like the Solarwinds documentation, instruction videos, and their Thwack support - all that is given free to support us all.
I hope they still keep supporting like this!
But I do find Joe Dissmeyer's book another excellent source of information!
We have a large Soalrwinds system (NPM, SAM, NCM, 3 pollers - soon to have 4, LEM, UDT, FSM, etc.). Joe, I hope you will publish another one soon on Solarwinds - perhaps a delving a little more on SAM templates with Linux - being more creative with monitoring mount points. And possibly more on NCM.

Just a last note - I love your section on monitoring VMware hosts! Great explantions. I enjoyed reading and following along with our system.
Thanks Joe!
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