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Getting Started With nandView

Welcome to nandView! If you can access this help screen, it means you've successfully installed and logged into nandView for the first time. We'll briefly go over the product's architecture, and then go into what steps are required to start using nandView.

Help is available from any page within nandView. Clicking on the help button will bring you to the topic relevant to that screen. At the top and bottom of every help page is a link to the complete topics list, allowing you to view the entire help guide.

Architecture
nandView is a database driven network & systems monitoring solution. Changes to the configuration take affect immediately and do not require restarting, reloading or rebooting the system. nandView has four main components: the web interface, the database, a poller process and an emailer process.

Web interface - This is primarily how you will interact with nandView. All configuration options can be made through the web interface, while advanced power user can do direct database manipulation.
Database - nandView uses a database to store configuration information, test results and log files.
Poller - This program will run on an automatic, scheduled basis. It conducts the actual tests and determines if they pass or fail.
Emailer - This program will run on an automatic, scheduled basis. It sends out email notifications when appropriate.

Initial Configuration
By accessing this help screen, it's assumed that you have already successfully installed nandView. The database and web components are working. Now you need to configure it.

Step 1 - Set up user accounts. nandView comes with a default account for the purpose of logging in for the first time. The default account name is 'admin' and the default password is 'n@ndView'. You should create several new accounts for your users, and at least one administrative account for yourself. Logout, then login with your new account. You can then delete the default account. If you wish to keep this initial account, we strongly recommend changing it's default password.
Step 2 - Set up email lists. If you want to have nandView send out email notifications about tests that pass or fail, you should set up at least one list before creating devices and tests. You can modify the email addresses associated with this list at any time.
Step 3 - Create new devices or tests. You may also wish to take advantage of the bulk add feature.
Step 4 - Configure preferences. The default values should be sufficient, but feel free to take a quick look.
Step 5 - Verify polling and emailing is working. When polling is working, you'll see the 'last poll' time update on the dashboard, and pass/fail icons advance. To test email, try adding a test that you know will fail. Wait for the test to go critical and the emailer program to run. If polling or email doesn't work, check the installation guide or contact nandView support.


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