Documentation forServer & Application Monitor

Monitor with AppInsight applications

SolarWinds SAM includes several specially designed out-of-the-box templates that you can use to monitor virtually every aspect of key business tools, such as Microsoft Active Directory, to get relevant performance information from the server level. They also enable you to drill down into the data store layer for performance data. Collectively, these templates are called the AppInsight™ templates.

Offering a level of detail and expert knowledge far beyond what standard templates provide, you can assign AppInsight templates to nodes in many ways, including automatically with the Orion Platform's Discovery process. Just as standard SAM templates convert to application monitors after being assigned to nodes, AppInsight templates become AppInsight applications that monitor nodes.

The following AppInsight applications are available to monitor business-critical functions in your SAM environment:

  • AppInsight for Active Directory
  • AppInsight for Exchange
  • AppInsight for IIS
  • AppInsight for SQL

The following figure shows some of the data provided by AppInsight for IIS:

Note the following details about using AppInsight templates and applications:

  • WMI is the preferred polling method because some node data, such as disk I/O, is only available via WMI monitoring.
  • All AppInsight templates support the Orion agent for Windows. See Monitor with Orion agents in SAM.
  • Due to the complexity of these templates:
    • You cannot add component monitors to AppInsight templates or application monitors.
    • Some component monitors have default settings that you cannot modify due to dependencies.
    • Some component monitors cannot be disabled.
    • You cannot import or export AppInsight templates in the Orion Web Console.

      Unlike standard SAM templates that you can update by importing the latest version from THWACK, AppInsight templates are updated automatically during product upgrades.

  • If you're using component-based SAM licensing, AppInsight applications consume licenses at flat rates. See the SAM licensing model for details.

To learn more about SAM's AppInsight applications, see:

Additional learning resources include: