Documentation forServer & Application Monitor

SSL Certificate Expiration Date Monitor

This SAM component monitor, which is also available as a SAM template, tests a web server's ability to accept incoming sessions over a secure channel. You can configure the number of times that SAM will attempt to connect to the server before assuming that the SSL certificate expired; by default, SAM tries once.

To enable and set the retry mechanism:

  1. Locate the file c:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\APM\SolarWinds.APM.Probes.dll.config.
  2. Edit the text file and change the value of <SslExpirationDatePollingSettings MaxConnectionAttempts="1" /> to any number higher than "1". The default value is "1".
  3. Save the changes.
  4. Restart JobEngine service to apply the change.

Note the following details about this monitor:

  • It does not currently support proxies.
  • For tips on configuring alerts for this monitor, see this THWACK post.

Field descriptions


A default description of the monitor. You can override the default description by adding to or replacing the text, which is automatically saved. The variable to access this field is ${UserDescription}.

Changing the default description to specify what will be monitored can be helpful when receiving alerts and notifications later.

Enable Component

Determines if the component is enabled. Disabling the component leaves it in the application in a deactivated state not influencing either SAM application availability or status.

Port Number

The default value for this port is 443.

Convert Value

Select the Convert Value check box to open the Formula box where you can manipulate the returned value with a variety of mathematical possibilities. Choose common functions from the drop down lists to manipulate the returned value, or select the Custom Conversion option. See Convert values in data transformations for SAM component monitors for details.

Response Time Threshold

Set the warning and critical threshold conditions based on the response time. The response time is the time in milliseconds it takes SAM to determine that a component is not Down and to retrieve any statistical data. For details, see Manage thresholds in SAM.

Statistic Threshold

Specify when a threshold that indicates a warning or critical level has been breached. Logical operators are in the drop-down list followed by a blank field for you to enter the value of this threshold. For example: Less than 15 for warning, Less than 5 for critical. For details, see Manage thresholds in SAM.

User Notes

Add notes for easy reference. You can access this field by using the variable, ${UserNotes}.