Orion Platform Documentation

The following is information on the Orion Platform and Orion Web Console that is not specific to SCM, but is referenced throughout the SCM Administrator Guide. For a comprehensive look at the platform, see the online Orion Platform Administrator Guide.

Orion Platform features

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

Pre-installation hints

Before you install your Orion Platform products, review the following details:

Orion Platform requirements

Hardware, software, and port requirements for the Orion Platform server and SolarWinds Orion database.

Licensing

Licensing differs among Orion Platform products. Activate, add, upgrade, or assign licenses with the License Manager in the Orion Web Console.

Installation or upgrade

Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to easily install or upgrade multiple Orion Platform products simultaneously.

While installing your Orion Platform products, you might need to enable FIPS or review directories to be excluded from antivirus protection.

Common features in Orion Platform products

Learn Orion Platform basics

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

Review events to know what's going on.

Get alerts about issues in your environment.

Generate reports to present the status of the monitored environment.

Review Performance Analysis dashboards, also known as PerfStack™.

Create, edit, and maintain Orion Web Console user accounts - 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 - view automatically generated Orion Maps as a subview, display objects with their locations specified in the OpenStreet format in a widget, or create maps using the Network Atlas tool and display them 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, and agents deployed on Windows, Linux, and UIX devices.

Manage monitored devices - edit properties, set the polling methods for monitored devices, toggle monitoring on and off, or mute alerts for nodes.

Customize your Orion Web Console

Customize Orion Web Console - customize dashboards, colors, logos, views, widgets, and charts. Learn how to limit which objects users see on views, or specify what you want to see on views for specific devices types. Add a Performance Analysis Project to the menu.

Create custom properties - Create custom properties - create custom fields to associate with monitored network objects and display custom information for monitored devices.

Create groups and dependencies - 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 - specify thresholds for monitored metrics. Customize general thresholds or use baselines.

Restrict user access to network areas by applying limitations, specify patterns for limitations in the Orion Platform, and create limitations based on custom properties.

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 to reduce data loss.

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.

Manage Additional Polling Engines.

Troubleshoot environmental issues with Performance Analysis dashboards or troubleshoot your SolarWinds Orion database.