- Module 1: Before Getting Started
- Module 2: Installation, Configuration and Administration
- Module 3: PRTG Architecture and Components
- Module 4: Working With the Device Tree
- Module 5: Basic Sensor Technologies
- Module 6: Advanced Sensor Technologies
- Module 7: Limits, Triggers and Notifications
- Module 8: Maps (Dashboards) and Reports
- Module 9: Resources and Debugging
Please note: Some of the material is available in additional languages
Before Getting Started
There are some important first steps before you start monitoring your network with PRTG. This module provides a quick overview of PRTG's main features and a few important PRTG concepts, such as "sensors" and "sensor states", as well as an explanation of PRTG licensing. It then includes a discussion of how to get your IT infrastructure ready to be monitored, and recommendations for your PRTG system hardware and operating system.
Installation, Configuration and Administration
Everything you ever wanted to know about administering PRTG: in this module you'll learn how to install PRTG and activate the software. You'll also learn how to update the PRTG software, make backups of your PRTG installation or migrate to a new server.
PRTG Architecture and Components
What's a core server? What's a remote probe? This module explains the PRTG components and user interfaces, and gives an overview of the layout of the user interface. It then covers remote probes, and scenarios where remote probes are helpful. For those who require high-availability for their monitoring, this module also includes optional details about clustering in PRTG.
Working With the Device Tree
In this module, you'll learn how to structure your device tree, to arrange PRTG exactly the way you'd like. You'll learn about the PRTG object hierarchy and inheritance, and how to arrange the device tree to take advantage of inheritance. This module covers manual changes to the device tree, auto-discovery, libraries (alternative views of the tree), and device templates.
Basic Sensor Technologies
Now that you know how to structure your device tree, it's time to learn about sensors. This module covers the most common protocols used by PRTG sensors, and how to configure basic sensors. It covers SNMP sensors and bandwidth sensors in detail, so you'll learn how to set up the most important PRTG sensor types.
Advanced Sensor Technologies
This module covers some of the more advanced PRTG sensors, such as custom sensors, receiver sensors and aggregate sensors. By the end of this module, you'll be able to set up your own custom SNMP sensors, custom script sensors and flow sensors. This module also includes discussion of how to monitor specific areas of your IT, such as virtualization environments or VoIP.
Monitoring Specific Areas of Your IT:
Limits, Triggers and Notifications
This module shows you how to set up thresholds for your sensors, so you can see immediately when there's a problem in your network. In this module, you'll learn how and where to set up sensor limits, how to set up notifications, and how to trigger those notifications.
Maps (Dashboards) and Reports
This module covers methods to see the results of your monitoring: real-time dashboards, geographical maps, and historical reports. By the end of this module, you'll be able to create your own graphical dashboards, be able to display your devices on a geographical map, and be able to generate custom reports.
Maps and Geo Maps:
Resources and Debugging
What to do, when you don't know what to do? This module introduces the most important resources for learning more about PRTG: the manual, the knowledge base, and the video tutorials. It then covers the free tools Paessler offers to help you debug problems, and links to the most common issues with PRTG, including tips on how to fix them.