Monitor your environment using AppStack
The Application Stack, or AppStack, refers to the various layers that make up a complex application delivery infrastructure. The AppStack Environment view is an interactive visual mapping within the Orion Platform that provides an in-depth perspective through an entire environment to help identify the root cause of performance and availability issues.
AppStack automatically gathers information about objects in your environment, as well as their respective relationships, and displays them in a customizable view. Some relationships, such as groups and dependencies, can be customized.
AppStack supports both physical and virtual node types.
AppStack is different from PerfStack dashboards built from time series data and performance metrics.
To access AppStack, click My Dashboards > Environment. Filter the application view with filter options and filter properties. You can also save and reuse these filters as layouts to display specific views of the AppStack.
In the AppStack view, hover-over a node or application to see related data and status in a tooltip. Click an item to drill down and determine how it relates to other items throughout the environment. See AppStack data overview to understand icons for at-a-glance monitoring.
The next section describes how to use AppStack as a troubleshooting tool. To further understand and customize the AppStack Environment, see:
- AppStack Environment categories and data
- Customize the AppStack view in SAM
- Use filters for AppStack
- Create an AppStack layout in SAM
- AppStack data overview
Additional learning resources about AppStack include:
- A Geek's Guide to AppStack (THWACK)
- Introduction to AppStack (video)
- Finding the Needle in the "AppStack": Troubleshooting Application Performance (video)
Did you know you can integrate SAM with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) to view virtual machines in AppStack, including hosts, clusters, data centers, virtual centers, and more? Click here for details.
Troubleshoot with AppStack
Using AppStack as a troubleshooting tool is fairly straightforward. Simply navigate to the AppStack Environment view, and click an object to see related objects. To investigate further, navigate to the Details page of the object or any related object.
For example, the illustration below displays all objects in the current environment. The application, MSSQLSERVER, is in a Critical state, as indicated by its icon. To see what this application is related to, click the MSSQLSERVER icon.
As you select objects in AppStack, the system automatically updates the view to select and highlight related objects. In this example, MSSQLSERVER is selected. Once it is selected, related objects are highlighted by the fading of unrelated objects, as shown:
To completely hide unrelated objects in the view, click Spotlight in the top right corner. You can also select an individual object and click Spotlight to hide it.
To navigate to the details page of a selected object, click the icon of the selected object next to the chart at top or double-click the larger icon in the main view. You can review and managed the critical and warning issues per node.