Manage SEM VMs and appliances in the SEM console

This section describes how to use the console to manage one or more SEM Managers or SEM VMs.

View SEM license information

Use the following steps to view SEM license information.

See Choose a licensing method for your SEM deployment in the SEM Installation Guide to learn how SEM is licensed.

Manage licenses

On the SEM Events Console Settings page, you can view, upgrade, activate, and deactivate your SEM license.

Only administrators can upgrade, activate, and deactivate a license.

In the SEM Events Console, click the Settings (gear) button, and then click the Manage License tab.

Enable SEM license recycling

License recycling allows you to collect and reuse licenses from nodes that have not sent an event to the SEM Manager within a specified amount of time.

  1. On the SEM console toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances.

  2. In the Appliances grid, select a SEM Manager (SEM VM instance).
  3. In the Properties pane, click the License tab.
  4. Select the Enable license recycling check box, and then complete the form.

  5. Select a defined time frame to recycle the license when a node has not sent an event.

  6. Select the time and day to check for recyclable licenses.

  7. Click the Nodes to check drop-down list and select an option.

  8. Click Update License.

Configure the settings used to log in to the SEM VM

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances.

  3. In the Appliances grid, select a SEM Manager (SEM VM instance).

  4. In the Properties pane, click the Login tab.

  5. Edit the form fields and click Save.

    Field Description
    Username Enter the user name to log in with if configuring the console to log in automatically.
    Password

    Enter the password if configuring the console to log in automatically.

    Leave this field empty if you want the console to prompt for a password when logging in.

    Login Automatically Next Time Automatically log in to the Manager when you open the console. Clear this check box if you prefer to log in manually.
    Save Credentials Enable the console to save the SEM Manager user name and password locally. If the Login Automatically Next Time check box is selected, the console will automatically log on to the Manager when the console is started. Otherwise, the console automatically provides the user name and password when you manually log in to the Manager.
    Reconnect on disconnection / Try to reconnect every n seconds Enable the console to reconnect with the SEM Manager when the Manager is disconnected for any reason.
    Timeout reconnection attempts after n tries Select to have the Console quit its reconnection attempts with the SEM Manager after a given number of tries, especially if the previous connection attempts were unsuccessful.

Add another SEM VM or appliance to the console

See Set up the first SEM Manager instance in the web console if you are configuring SEM for the first time.

  • If your deployment requires multiple Managers, use a unique hostname for each instance to ensure proper event flow and console function. SolarWinds recommends giving each Manager a unique name before adding it to your SEM system.

  • Completing these steps will add the SEM VM or appliance to both the web console and the desktop console

  1. If adding a physical SEM appliance, locate and record the appliance serial or registration number. This information is required for a future step.

  2. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  3. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances.

  4. On the Appliances toolbar, click .

    The Connect to SolarWinds Security Event Manager Appliance form opens.

  5. Complete the fields in the form.

    Field Description
    Name or IP Enter the SEM VM name or IP address.
    Username Enter the user name to log in with.
    Password Enter the password for the account.
    Login on console startup Select to automatically log in to SEM when the console is started.
    Save Credentials Select to save the login user name and password.
    Appliance Type Select the appropriate SEM Manager or server.
    Connection Port

    Enter the port number used by the console to communicate with the Manager network appliance or database.

    The secure port number is 8443. This value defaults to 8080 for virtual appliances in the evaluation phase. This field only applies when the Appliance Type is Manager.

    Model

    Select Virtual if SEM is deployed as a VM, or select the appropriate appliance model (applies to older versions of SEM).

    If you don't know the model type, select Unknown. If your model type does not appear in the drop-down list, select Other. Your selection will not impact Manager operations. If you selected a listed model type, an image of the appliance displays in the Details pane.

    Level This option does not apply if SEM is deployed as a VM. If you are adding a physical appliance, select the appliance level. This value is related to the appliance capacity and performance. If you are not sure which level to choose, select Unknown.
    Service Tag Enter the SEM appliance serial or registration number. This number uniquely identifies this piece of equipment and its specific configuration properties.
    Icon Color Select the desired color for your icon.
  6. To add the appliance and close the form, click Connect.

  7. Enter the virtual appliance IP address, and then click Connect.

  8. When the installation is complete, change your SEM password.

    The SEM desktop software requires that you change your SEM password after installation. This password must be between 6 and 40 characters, and must contain at least one capital letter and one number. The default user name is Admin and the password is Password.

    See Set the global password policy for SEM users to learn about minimum password requirements in SEM.

  9. Click OK.

    The VM or appliance is added to the console.

Copy data about a SEM VM or appliance

To copy data about a SEM instance to your computer's clipboard, complete these steps. You can paste the data into another application for analysis (Microsoft Excel, for example), or the Remote Agent Installer for updates.

The SEM remote Agent installer pushes SEM Agents to Microsoft Windows hosts across your network.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances.

  3. In the Appliances grid, select the appliances you want to copy.

  4. On the appliances toolbar, click , and then select:

    • Copy Selected: Copy the data for the selected appliances

    • Copy All: Copy the data for every appliance in the grid

    The appliance data is copied to your clipboard and can now be pasted into another application.

Remove a SEM VM or appliance from the console

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Manage > Appliances.

  3. In the Appliances grid, select the appliance you want to remove.

  4. Click , and then select Delete.

  5. At the confirmation prompt, click Yes to remove the VM/appliance.

    The VM/appliance is removed from the Appliances grid.