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Monitor applications for QoE

This SolarWinds Platform topic applies only to the following products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced


Applications are automatically monitored when traffic is detected by the Packet Analysis Sensor. However, you can manually select specific applications to monitor. QoE installs with the ability to monitor over 1000 pre-defined applications, including FTP, RDP, CIFS, SQL, and Exchange. You can also define your own custom HTTP applications.

  • Because of the hardware requirements needed to process large amounts of traffic, SolarWinds recommends that you preferentially monitor business-critical nodes and applications. For more information about recommended hardware specifications, see Quality of Experience requirements.
  • You should not assign more than 50 applications to a single node due to potential performance issues. However, you can monitor up to 1000 applications.

Monitor QoE applications automatically

While QoE sensors automatically detect and monitor applications by default, the settings may have changed or you may have upgraded from a version of QoE that does not automatically monitor applications.

Only applications that meet the criteria selected in QoE Applications are monitored automatically.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Click QoE Settings > Manage Global QoE Settings.
  3. Select Active in Auto-detect QoE applications.
  4. Change other settings to refine the number of applications you automatically monitor. See Global QoE Settings for more information on the settings.
  5. Click Submit.

It may take some time for the settings to apply.

Monitor applications manually

You may choose to add monitored applications manually to QoE.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.
  2. In the Settings grouping, click QoE Settings > Manage QoE Applications.
    • Applications are only listed if there are monitored nodes. You must first add a Network or Server Sensor before you can enable any applications.
    • Enabled applications are currently being monitored on at least one node.
    • Applications can be disabled, which means that no traffic for the application is currently collected on any node.
  3. Click Add New.
  4. Select Choose a pre-configured application.

    Applications that are already enabled do not display in the list.

  5. Use the Search or Group By options to find the application you want to monitor, select it, and then click Next.
  6. On the Configure Application view, edit the Category, Risk Level, or Productivity Rating as necessary, and then click Next.
  7. On the Specify Nodes view, choose the nodes you want to monitor for this type of traffic.

    Only nodes that have already been specified as nodes to monitor on the Manage QoE Nodes page display in this list.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Review your choices on the Summary page, and then click Finish.

Your newly enabled application will display on the Manage QoE Applications page in alphabetical order.