About Orion Platform features in SAM
The Orion Platform is at the core of the SolarWinds IT Management Portfolio. It provides a stable and scalable architecture that includes data collection, processing, storage, and presentation. It also offers common features such as user accounts, views, dashboards, and alerting that you can use across all Orion Platform products, as summarized here.
After you install and configure SAM to specify what you want to monitor, you need to wait a few minutes for the Orion Platform to collect data from the servers and applications via Discovery. In the meantime, review this section for details that may be helpful as you explore your SAM environment.
SolarWinds recommends using the latest version of SAM and the Orion Platform, including hotfixes and service releases. Block low-privilege access to Windows servers hosting the Orion Platform products. To learn more, see Secure Configuration for the Orion Platform.
Orion Platform basics
Log into SAM in a web browser to display the Orion Web Console where you'll configure and manage your environment. Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet, the Orion Web Console includes views (individual pages) and widgets (informational blocks that make up views). To learn more, watch Navigating the Web Console (4:41).
Manage Orion Web Console user accounts to set user rights, reset passwords, limit access to network segments, and enable authentication with Active Directory.
Review Events to find out what is going on in your environment.
Get alerts about issues in your environment and generate reports. See Explore alerts and reports.
Add nodes that you want to monitor
Run the Discovery Wizard to detect servers and applications in your enviroment, and then decide what you want to monitor. Available polling methods include WMI, SNMP, ICMP, or agents deployed on Windows, Linux, and AIX devices.
Add individual nodes or use Active Directory domain controllers to add nodes automatically.
Manage monitored nodes by editing properties, setting polling methods, toggling monitoring on and off, or muting alerts.
Customize your SAM environment
Customize dashboards, colors, logo, views, widgets, and charts in the Orion Web Console. Specify what other users can see on modern dashboards and views, as well as what type of data appears for different objects.
Set up widgets to show the data you want in the way most useful to you.
Create custom properties for nodes and applications. For example, add a custom property to identify IIS nodes.
Create groups and dependencies to organize how monitored data is presented in the Orion Web Console. Set up dependencies to better represent the relationships between network objects and account for constraints on the network.
Set thresholds for monitored metrics. Customize general thresholds or use baselines.
Monitor additional metrics and nodes
Monitor your virtual infrastructure in supported environments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, ESXI, ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V , Nutanix, and VMware.
Monitor cloud instances and VMs for AWS and Azure.
Monitor container services for Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Apache Mesos.
Monitor hardware health for insight into hardware issues on Dell, HP, HPE ProLiant, IBM, and Cisco UCS devices. You can also monitor hardware health for Nutanix clusters with Hyper-V and VMware hosts.
Use the Quality of Experience (QoE) dashboard to monitor traffic on your network with Packet Analysis Sensors.
Expand Orion Platform functionality or scale your deployment
Expand monitoring across low-bandwidth or high-latency network connections with Orion Remote Collectors.
Balance the load on polling engines by specifying nodes to be polled by individual polling engines. See also Manage Additional Polling Engines.
Use SolarWinds High Availability to provide failover protection for your Orion server and Additional Polling Engines (APEs).
Troubleshoot your environment
Investigate issues in Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) dashboards.
For quick reference, here are additional links to Orion Platform Administrator Guide content:
- Administrative functions
- Cisco UCS hardware health monitoring
- Cloud monitoring
- Container monitoring
- Custom monitors, including Device Studio and Universal Device Pollers (UnDPs)
- Custom properties
- Hardware health monitoring
- High Availability (HA)
- Maps, including Network Atlas, Orion Maps, and Worldwide Map
- Nutanix hardware health monitoring
- Orion agents for Windows, Linux, and AIX
- Orion database
- Orion Log Viewer
- Performance Analysis (PerfStack) dashboards
- Polling engines
- Quality of Experience (QoE) dashboard
- User accounts