Orion Platform features available in SAM

The Orion Platform is at the core of the SolarWinds IT Management Portfolio. It provides a stable and scalable architecture that includes data collection, processing, storage, and presentation. It provides common features such as user accounts, views, dashboards, reporting, alerting, and more that you can use across all Orion Platform products and access from the Orion Web Console.

SAM includes many features that are common to all Orion Platform products, as summarized here and documented in the Orion Platform Administration Guide.

Orion Platform basics

Log into your Orion Platform product in a web browser and meet the Orion Web Console.

Review events, Syslogs, or SNMP traps to know what's going on.

Get alerts about issues in your environment and generate reports about its status.

Review Performance Analysis dashboards, also known as PerfStackâ„¢.

Manage Orion Web Console user accounts to set user rights, reset passwords, limit access to network segments, and enable authentication with Active Directory.

View monitored objects on maps in the Orion Web Console.

Add devices for monitoring and manage monitored devices

Specify which devices to monitor and the information you need, then select the way you get this information. See Discover and add devices.

Add single nodes, use Active Directory domain controllers to add nodes, or discover devices on your network automatically. Available polling methods include ICMP, WMI, SNMP, or agents deployed on Windows, Linux, and UIX devices.

Manage monitored devices by editing properties, setting polling methods, toggling monitoring on and off, or muting alerts.

Customize your Orion Web Console

Customize dashboards, colors, logo, views, widgets, and charts in the Orion Web Console. Specify objects that other users can see on views, or what type of data appears for different device types.

Create custom properties for monitored network objects and display custom details for devices.

Create groups and dependencies to organize how monitored data is presented in the Orion Web Console. Set up dependencies to better represent the relationships between network objects and account for constraints on the network.

Set thresholds for monitored metrics. Customize general thresholds or use baselines.

Monitor additional metrics and devices

Monitor hardware health to gain insight into hardware issues on the network.

Monitor virtual environments in the Orion Web Console.

Use the Quality of Experience dashboard to monitor traffic on your network.

Expand Orion Platform functionality or scale your deployment

Use SolarWinds High Availability (HA) to provide failover protection for your Orion server and Additional Polling Engines (APEs).

Do you need to scale your deployment? See Scalability Engine Guidelines.

Review tips for optimizing your deployment.

Balance the load on polling engines by specifying nodes to be polled by individual polling engines. See also Manage Additional Polling Engines.

Troubleshoot your environment

Reduce alerting noise.

See Troubleshoot your SolarWinds Orion database and use the Active Diagnostics tool.

For quick reference, here are some Orion Platform features supported in SAM, with Orion Platform Administrator Guide links: