Riverbed Network Visibility Lab

Solution Overview

The Riverbed Network Visibility Lab provides access to two core Riverbed SteelCentral Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) Products: SteelCentral Flow Gateway and SteelCentral NetProfiler.

SteelCentral Flow Gateway collects and forwards flow data (NetFlow, sFlow, J-Flow, IPFIX and other popular flow statistics) from network devices and SteelFlow Net from SteelCentral AppResponse packet-capture appliances. It de-duplicates common information, and then forwards it to the SteelCentral NetProfiler console for network troubleshooting, just-in-time alerting and reporting.  

SteelCentral NetProfiler uses full-fidelity flow monitoring to provide hybrid network visibility and network security analytics. The Advanced Security Module for NetProfiler provides DDoS detection, threat intelligence, security analytics, incident forensics and threat hunting workflows to help you rapidly triage, investigate and mitigate advanced security threats.

NetIM monitors critical infrastructure by collecting and alerting on device metrics, monitoring network paths, and providing synthetic testing capabilities. NetIM is integrated with NetProfiler to ensure seamless troubleshooting of application traffic as it traverses monitored infrastructure.

Goals & Objectives

The purpose of this network visibility lab is to help users gain hands on experience with the SteelCentral NetProfiler product in a real world lab environment. The NetProfiler in this lab is monitoring a real environment with ever changing interesting scenarios to investigate. The lab guide is divided into five modules that show how to properly configure and design a SteelCentral NetProfiler environment and how to investigate flows, setup dashboards and alerts.

The modules in this lab include:

  • Overview of the solution
  • Initial configuration for SteelCentral Flow Gateway and NetProfiler
  • Overview of dashboards in SteelCentral NetProfiler
  • How to investigate flows in real time using SteelCentral NetProfiler

Hardware & Software

Riverbed Software:

  • Riverbed SteelCentral Flow Gateway version 10.18
  • Riverbed SteelCentral NetProfiler version 10.18

Microsoft Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Workstation


  • Cisco ASR 1001x running Cisco IOS XE 16.9.
  • Cisco Nexus 7702 running NX-OS 8.1(2a)
  • Cisco SD-WAN running 20.3.1 and 17.3.1a