To monitor services and applications on a server that you do not directly manage, add the server to the SolarWinds Platform database as an external node. External nodes skip all network performance data collection and polling tasks, but allow you to assign applications to them. For example, you could add as an external node, and then assign several HTTP monitors to monitor Google search results.
To learn about monitoring cloud-based nodes, see Manage a cloud instance or VM as an SolarWinds Platform node.
You can use the following SAM component monitors within an application monitor assigned to an external node:
- HTTP Monitor
- HTTPS Monitor
- HTTP Form Login
- SSL Certificate Monitor
- TCP Port Monitor
Another alternative is to add an API poller to gather metrics for nodes via an external REST API. Create an API poller on the Node Details view, pick values to monitor, provide credentials, and then begin polling the external node.
To learn more, see:
- Add a single node for monitoring to the SolarWinds Platform (SolarWinds Platform Administrator Guide)
- Use SAM templates, application monitors, and component monitors
- Monitor metrics via external APIs in SAM