Geneos training modules

This should be of interest if you want to understand the fundamentals of ITRS products, and take and pass the 'Foundation in Geneos' exam.

Give me an overview of Geneos

Learning material

201.1 How do I explain the Geneos Architecture to another person?

Overview

This module provides you with an overview of Geneos, including its high level architecture, the main contributing components and common definitions and terms

Exam guidance

Be on the lookout for terms and definitions specific to Geneos and the relationships between the various components, including multiplicity.

Timings

20 mins

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How do I connect to and view a Geneos environment?

Learning material

211.1 How do I download the Geneos software? - Note: you just need the console in this case

211.4 How do I start Active Console? - Note: includes a requirement to unzip files

202.1 How do I view the metrics from my monitored environment? - Note: includes a requirement to unzip files

211.5 How do I connect to a gateway? - Note: includes a requirement to unzip files

Overview

This module will show you how to download and install an Active Console, connect to an existing Geneos installation and view the data within it

Exam Guidance

Be on the look out for how to navigate to a metric view and view low level data and the names given to specific components within the console.

Timings

20 mins

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How can I modify my personal view of the monitored environment?

Learning material

202.2 How do I organise my view for my specific monitoring environment?

Overview

This module provides an overview of how to start tailoring your Active Console for your own specific needs

Exam Guidance

Look out for details on snoozing of data items, user assignment of alerts, and viewing the results of commands via the output viewer

Timings

10 mins

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How do I effect the monitored environment via the Active Console?

Learning material

202.4 How can I modify my monitored environment through the Active Console?

Overview

Thus far the modules have taught you how to connect to a gateway(s) and view its contents, now we will look at how you can directly affect the state of the gateways and the net probes via the Active Console

Exam Guidance

Look out for details on snoozing of data items, user assignment of alerts, and viewing the results of commands via the output viewer

Timings

10 mins

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So I have looked at some data, how would I set some monitoring up myself?

Learning material

211.7 How do I Install Samplers and Managed Entities?

207.3 How can I validate that my setup is correct?

Overview

Having successfully connected to a gateway, viewed some data and even tweaked some properties this module will help you to setup some of your very own monitoring

Exam Guidance

Look out for details on snoozing of data items, user assignment of alerts, and viewing the results of commands via the output viewer

Timings

15 mins

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I have added new data, but it's all grey, how can I colour things when they go wrong?

Learning material

211.8 How do I create a rule?

Overview

This module will step you through how to add rules to turns selected items to green, yellow and red when the environment changes, this is a key element in creating an effective monitoring setup

Exam Guidance

Learning how to set a rule on a cell, and the basic syntax of rules is key and is likely to be examined.

Timings

10 mins

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Show me better ways to navigate around the Gateway Setup Editor (GSE)?

Learning material

207.4 How can I locate parts of the setup in which I am interested?

207.6 How can I see and edit the XML directly?

Overview

Learning how to quickly locate areas of your setup is an essential skill once a setup gets to a reason size, this module will show you the basics of getting around the GSE

Exam Guidance

Pay particular attention to using the Search function, adding comments to setups and how and when the XML mode is useful vs the normal mode in the GSE.

Timings

12 mins

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Show me how to monitor a simple server?

Learning material

211.9 Setting up basic monitoring on a server

Overview

So far we have looked at the basic of the Active Console, the Gateway and the GSE. We will now look at how to setup what we call Base Line samplers that combined allow effective monitoring of a server

Exam Guidance

At the end of this module you should be confident that you can setup the most primitive configuration for the following samplers: CPU, Disk, Hardware, Processes, DeviceIO.

Timings

30 mins

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Can I see historical trends as well, so far it's just been real time metrics?

Learning material

The environment does not currently have a database installed, so this content will not work if you try and do this yourself.

202.3 How can I view trends and recent events rather than real time values?

Overview

All the values we have seen coming from the Geneos so far have been real time, now we will see how to view historical events and data using the event ticker and history charts

Exam Guidance

Displaying dashboards, how to create historical charts, viewing and filtering the event tickers are all of interest when considering exam questions in this area.

Timings

10 mins

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Can you show me how to build a Gateway and netprobe from scratch

Learning material

211.2 How do I install a Gateway?

211.3 How do I install a netprobe

Overview

You have probably been using a gateway of your own, or a sandbox gateway so farm but eventually you will need to learn to setup and install your own Gateway and netprobe. This module steps you through the basics of this process

Exam Guidance

How to add a netprobe to a gateway, the basic changes you have to make to a gateway for the first time before running it up, and the basics of licensing will all be of direct interest for the exam.

Timings

40 mins

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Can I get alerted outside of the Active Console

Learning material

207.7 How can I make the Gateway generate actions, alerts and effects when things break?

Overview

Are there other ways to know when things trigger other than looking at colour in the console? This module will show you some of the other methods you could use

Exam Guidance

Note how to fire actions from rules, and the required syntax for this. Use of active times is also introduced and you should know to setup a basic time definition at least. You should know the difference between an alert and an effect

Timings

15 mins

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How can I reuse parts of my setup for when my setup gets larger and potentially more complex?

Learning material

207.5 How can I use elements of my setup in many places?

207.9 How do I share configuration across Gateways?

Overview

As your setups get larger, and start covering an ever increasing real estate you will need to start reusing parts of your setup and putting selected information into reusable variable to reduce your maintenance overhead

Exam Guidance

Pay attention to the use of include files in a gateway, including narratives on when they are of most use, then on types, variables and environments within the gateways setup to setup properties in just one place for use in many.

Timings

20 mins

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Tell me about Xpaths, they seem to be used in lots of places

Learning material

204.1 Tell me about Xpaths and how they are used within Geneos

Overview

Xpaths are used throughout Geneos to identify sets of data items on what you want to perform some action, such as setting rules, selecting items to log to database, defining list views in the console, and extensively throughout the computer engine

Exam Guidance

Understanding what a 'Full path' looks like and its various components, the difference in a path that goes to a headline vs a table cell, and the basics of relative paths are all key to get through this module.

Timings

30 mins

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Can I limit user access to gateways, data and setups for security reasons?

Learning material

210.1 How do I limit a user's view and write access to a Gateway and its setup?

210.2 How do I limit the commands that a user can run on Gateways and netprobes?

210.3 To what level of granularity can I set security permissions on a Gateway?

210.4 How can I see what my users have modified and invoked on a Gateway?

Overview

Once your Geneos infrastructure is installed in a production environment it is unlikely that you will want just anyone changing it, and will likely also want to restrict access to actions like commands

Exam Guidance

Note how to turn on authentication and the relationship between roles, users and the permissions they can be assigned. There are lots of ways that this can be configured so note references to best practice. The interplay between security settings and include files could also be examined. Tracking when users run commands and modify XML files may also be present in the exam.

Timings

30 mins

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Can I get data out a database and into Geneos, then alert on interesting states?

Learning material

302 How do I extract data from a database (SQL Toolkit)?

Overview

The work that we did on the probe before was to do some basic server monitoring using what are classed as baseline plugins. Now we will look at another sampler known as the SQL Toolkit plugin that allows you to pull data out of a database into Geneos

Exam Guidance

Note how to select an SQL Toolkit plugin, and the main settings you need to configure to get it working.

Timings

15 mins

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Can I get output from a script into Geneos?

Learning material

303.2 How do I extract values from a command that was dynamically loaded onto Linux from Geneos into a Geneos dataview?

303.3 How do I extract values into a Geneos dataview a command run on Windows?

Overview

There are over a hundred plugins within Geneos. The Toolkit plugin allows you to push the standard out of a command line function call or script into a Geneos data view. This module shows you how

Exam Guidance

Firstly please note that the required Learning material covers a number of operating systems, and that the exam will not cover the differences between these systems. As a result you can focus on the Toolkit settings (in the GSE) and how the expected format should look for the toolkit to work, independently of the OS it is deployed on.

Timings

25 mins

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How do I detect interesting state in flat files, and alert on them in Geneos?

Learning material

305.1 How do I monitor a log file for a specific error message?

305.2 How can I display more than one trigger row per key?

305.3 How can I automatically clear a trigger when the problem has been fixed?

305.4 How can I display a meaningful message in the data view explaining a line in a log file?

305.5 How do I extract a fragment of a line in a log file? - Note: Before following this procedure, check that your trigger mode is set to Multiple

305.6 How do I use wildcards rather than individually list a number of similarly named log files? - Note: Before following this procedure, check that your trigger mode is set to Multiple

Overview

One of the fundamentals of any monitoring tool is the ability to parse the contents of flat files (log files for example), and then report any interesting entries or states in that file. In the case of Geneos this all occurs in real time

Exam Guidance

You should have good understanding how to point an FKM sampler at a file to detect a particular string appearing. You should also understand how to clear that alert after it has triggered. Finally you should understand some of the basic settings in the FKM that allow you to modify the way the information is visualised.

Timings

60 mins

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