Friday, March 9, 2018

Train on Dell OpenManage Network Manager with MIMIC Simulator

The task to set up a lab for training your staff on Dell OpenManage
Network Manager
is expensive and time-consuming. You have to
acquire the equipment, set it up, maintain it and customize it to
reproduce scenarios that you want to practice on. This has been
covered in a previous post.

This is where a network simulator like MIMIC Simulator can help.
Rather than setting up a physical lab that reproduces your production
environment, and scheduling time on this limited resource, you can
import it into MIMIC and multiply it many-fold so that each
of your operators can train on exactly the scenarios you need.

For example, these were scenarios we setup quickly with the simplest
out-of-the-box network that ships with MIMIC: it discovered the
topology shown

Since MIMIC simulates dynamic values at runtime, the performance
monitoring shows realistic values for instrumented resources:


We then setup some alarms and they show

To investigate who is generating the top traffic, we could pinpoint
the source of the problems.

Ask yourself how much effort this simple exercise is in your network.
Prepare your staff for contingencies before it costs you much more
in network downtime.

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