Documentation forServer & Application Monitor

Get started with Server & Application Monitor

This guide picks up right after the SAM installation process and walks you through the first steps you need to take to monitor applications, hardware health, asset inventory, and operating performance in your SolarWinds SAM environment.

After learning how SAM works, you can start exploring the Orion Web Console, which you'll use to do everything in SAM, from discovering applications to setting up alerts, thresholds, and application monitoring templates.

Additional sections in this guide include:

Who this guide is for

New SAM users Existing SAM users

This guide is the best place to start with SAM. When finished, move on to the SAM Administrator Guide for more advanced information.

See the Orion Platform Administrator Guide to learn about common features that SAM shares with other Orion Platform products, such as user accounts, alerts, and agents.

This guide provides a high-level view of SAM features but you'll find more advanced information in the SAM Administrator Guide.

Existing customers: Upgrade via the Settings > My Orion Deployment page in the Orion Web Console. Alternatively, download the latest Orion Installer from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. For implementation help, contact Customer Support. See Working with Support to learn how to open a support case with the correct level of visibility.

Evaluators: To evaluate SAM, download a free 30-day evaluation that is a full version of the product, functional for 30 days. After the evaluation period, you can easily convert your evaluation license to a production license by obtaining and applying a license key. If you need assistance during evaluation, contact

Here are additional learning resources for SAM:

Product terminology

Orion Platform: The common backend platform used by the SolarWinds Orion Platform suite of products, including NPM, SAM, NCM, NTA, VMAN, WPM, and more. The Orion Platform is the backbone for navigation, settings, and common features like alerts and reports. It also provides a consistent look-and-feel across products, giving you a "single pane of glass" for your Orion monitoring tools.

Orion Web Console: The web interface where you can view, configure, and manage monitored objects.

Orion server: The primary server that hosts the Orion Web Console and collects data from monitored objects. Also called the Orion Main Poller or Main Polling Engine.

Orion database server: A dedicated server that hosts the Orion database that is separate from the Orion server. It stores Orion Platform configuration data plus collected performance and Syslog data.

Polling engine: A polling engine controls polling job scheduling, data processing, and queries your monitored devices for performance metrics like CPU, memory, and up/down status. By default, the Orion server provides one polling engine, that is often called the Main Polling Engine. You can add Additional Polling Engines (APEs) to provide enhanced scalability and capacity, as described in the Scalability Engine Guidelines.

Node: A node is an endpoint of a given network. For example, any application, server, device, or computer on a network is considered a node.

Template: An application monitor template is the blueprint for an application. It is a collection of component monitors designed to monitor a server or application. You can customize numerous templates using only the component monitors you need for a specific environment. For a list of out-of-the-box templates, see the SAM Application Monitor Template Reference. SAM API Poller templates are also available.

Application: An application or application monitor in SAM monitors a specific application or server using a collection of component monitors.

Component monitor: A component monitor is the fundamental element of an application or application monitor. Component monitors return the current status or value of a monitored service or process. All component monitors return at least one value or one status condition. Click here for a list of predefined component monitors,