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Add a container service

This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced


After reviewing Container monitoring requirements, you can use the Manage container services wizard to connect to Linux environments so you can monitor containers within the SolarWinds Platform Web Console. Based on the selected service type (for example, Docker), the wizard generates commands that you can copy and run on Linux hosts that deploy elements such as Orion Monitor containers and Orion Aggregator containers.

To add a container service:

  1. Log into the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as an administrator.

  2. For Docker, Docker Swarm, and Mesos, add each Linux server as a managed Orion node that uses ICMP as the Polling Method.

    To monitor all containers in a single cluster, add each server from the cluster as a separate Orion node.

    For Kubernetes or the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), add the Kubernetes API server as a managed Orion node.

  3. Click Settings > All Settings.

  4. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Container Services.

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

  6. On the first page of the wizard, provide the following details:

    • Service name
    • Environment type
    • Node (not relevant for Kubernetes services)
    • Polling Engine (only appears if you have Additional Polling Engines in your environment)

  7. Under Choose credential, select an existing SolarWinds Token or click New credential.

    If you click New credential, a dialog box appears where you can:

    1. Enter a Credential name.

    2. Click "Generate and save".

      The new token appears.

    3. (Optional) Click the Copy icon to save the token to the Windows Clipboard.

      The token only appears once — when you add it. To store it in a secure location, copy it now.

    4. Click Close to return to the wizard and select the new credential.

  8. Click Create Service to advance to the Deployment commands tab.

  9. With an SSH client, connect to the Linux environment, and open a command line.

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

  10. Copy each command from the wizard to the Linux node, one at a time.

  11. After running the last command, click "I have executed these commands," and then click Finish.

    In 5 — 10 minutes, the service appears on the Container Services page. Otherwise, see Troubleshoot container monitoring.