Add a container service

This Orion Platform topic applies only to the following products:


You can use the Add Container Service wizard to specify details about a service and generate an environment-specific script that will:

  • Download a deployment file to a single node — usually an orchestrator's master node —in the container environment.
  • Deploy an Orion Monitor container to every node in the cluster to track node status and metrics.
  • Deploy an Orion Aggregator container to a single node in the container environment to collect data from Orion Monitor containers. The Orion Aggregator container reports its own status, plus status and metrics for each Orion Monitor container, to the Orion server every five minutes.

Two types of agent plug-ins are also deployed:

  • A CleanUp agent plug-in runs daily to clear all data, including images and environment variables, for containers reported as being deleted for over 7 days.
  • A StatusSetUp agent plug-in checks the status of the Orion Aggregator container every minute.
    • If the Orion Aggregator container fails to connect to the Orion server for two, consecutive five-minute intervals, the container service status changes to Down and the container status switches to Unknown.
    • If the Orion Aggregator container fails to report metrics from Orion Monitor containers for two, consecutive five-minute intervals, the container status switches to Unknown.

When you add a container service, credentials are stored in a plain-text file that stays in memory for two hours. SolarWinds recommends creating an Orion user account specifically for use when adding so no actual user credentials are exposed.

To add a container service:

  1. Review requirements for Supported container environments.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings.
  3. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Container Services.

  4. When the Container Services page appears, click Add.

  5. On the first page of the Add Container Service wizard, provide service details, and then click Next.

  6. On the Orion credentials page, provide a Username and select the optional "User secure connection" check box. Click Next to advance to the Script page.

  7. On the Script page, click the Copy icon to save the command generated by the Orion Platform to the Windows Clipboard.
  8. With an SSH client, connect to the node, open a command line, and run the script that performs different actions based on the environment type. See Supported container environments for details.

    Need an SSH client? Try the free SolarWinds Solar-PuTTY tool.

  9. Return to the Orion Web Console and click Close to exit the wizard.
  10. Refresh the Orion Web Console to display the new service on the Container Services page. This may take up to 5 minutes.

You can adjust polling intervals for container services on the Global tab of the Advanced Configuration page (http://localhost/Orion/Admin/AdvancedConfiguration/Global.aspx). Changes apply to future container services added to the Orion Platform.