Poll devices with SolarWinds Platform agents
This topic applies only to the following SolarWinds Platform products:
Hybrid Cloud Observability Essentials — Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced
DPAIM — LA — NAM — NPM — SAM — SCM — SRM — VMAN*
An agent is software that provides a communication channel between the SolarWinds Platform server and a Windows
- Polling hosts and applications behind firewall NAT or proxies.
- Polling nodes and applications across multiple discrete networks that have overlapping IP address space.
- Secure, encrypted polling over a single port.
- Support for low bandwidth, high latency connections.
- Polling nodes across domains where no domain trusts have been established.
- Full, end-to-end encryption between the monitored host and the main polling engine.
You can monitor servers hosted by cloud-based services such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, and other Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
After deployment, all communication between the SolarWinds Platform server and the agent occur over a fixed port. This communication is fully encrypted using 3072-bit TLS encryption. The agent protocol supports NAT traversal and passing through proxy servers that require authentication.