Documentation forSolarWinds Service Desk

Connections

Discovery connections can be created manually or automatically and include these types:

  • Orion nodes
  • SCCM
  • Router
  • Subnet
  • vCenter
  • AWS
  • Azure Cloud
  • Jamf

After a discovery scanner is installed, it detects the subnet on which it is deployed and automatically creates a new connection for the subnet. In addition, it detects the default router and automatically creates a new connection with the router. All additional SCCM, router, vCenters, subnets, nodes and Cloud discovery on the network can be manually entered on the All Connections index page.

See Add a new Discovery connection for instructions on how to establish a connection.

All Connections index page

To view a list of all connections, navigate to Setup > Discovery & Assets > Connections.

The table below explains the columns on the All Connections index page.

COLUMN DESCRIPTION

NAME

The connection name*.

STATE

Defines whether the connection is:

  • Inactive. Connection is not used.

  • Idle. Connection is used but not in process.

  • Queued. Connection is about to start scanning but other connections are currently being scanned.

  • Scanning. Connection scan in progress.

  • Overlapping. Connection was intended to start scanning but a previous scan has not yet completed.

  • Empty. No connected devices found during last scan.

  • Not reporting. Connection was not sending data for too long.

  • No Connection. The IP address used for the connection does not respond.

  • Invalid credentials. The supplied credentials could not be used to access the connection. The status is not applicable to the subnet connection type.

HOST

The IP address / Host name / Subnet definition of the connection.

SCANNER

The scanner assigned to scan the connection.

TYPE

Router, subnet, vCenter, or SCCM.

CREDENTIALS

The associated credentials for the connection.

NEXT SCAN

One of the following:

  • Empty (when a connection is inactive or not reporting).
  • Next scheduled scan time when connection is active and not during scan.
  • Progress when connection is running a  scan.

ACTIONS

The toggle allows you to activate and deactivate the scan.  When you hover over the row a trash bin appears.  You may delete the device by clicking on the trash icon.

*Automatically created connections are assigned a generic name. SolarWinds recommends you manually edit them and provide a name that is meaningful for your data collection.

Add a new Discovery connection

  1. Navigate to Setup > Discovery & Assets > Connections.

  2. From the All Connections index page, click the Add icon, and select the appropriate connection type from the dropdown list.

  3. Enter the relevant information for the specific connection type you selected. See Select your connection for information needed to configure each different connection type.

Be aware that any incorrect information (for example, an incorrect password) will prevent proper reporting in the Scanning report.

Select your connection

Click the appropriate link to find information you will need in setting up your connection.

Data pulled during Discovery through connections

The table below shows what data the Discovery Agent and Scanner pull via the connections you configure. Below the table is a list of additional information you can pull via Intune.

Details SCCM vCenter SNMP SSH Nmap WMI AWS Azure Jamf Orion

Host Name

  *

IP Address

**

***

 

 

MAC Address

****

Operating System (OS)

Processor Type

 

 

 

 

# of Processors

 

 

Processor Speed

 

 

 

 

Domain

 

 

 

 

       

Active Directory

 

 

 

 

       

BIOS:

Manufacturer Version

Release Date

Model

 

 

 

   

Serial #

 

 

   

Memory
(Total physical memory)

 

 

 

 

SVT (Total virtual memory)

 

 

 

 

       

Unique SCCM ID

 

 

 

 

 

N/A      

OS Service Pack

 

 

 

 

 

No      

Storage:

Name

Description

Manufacturer

Model

Type

Size

 

 

 

     

Unique ID

 

 

 

 

 

   

Device Type

 

 

Open Ports

 

 

 

 

 

No      

Drives:
Name

Type

Volume Name

Capacity

Free space

 

 

 

 

 

Name, Total Size, and Drive Type

Type, Volume Name, and Capacity

 

Network Adapters


MAC Address

Gateway

Status


IP Address

MAC Address

DHCP Server

Address

 

IP Address

MAC Address

Description

DHCP

Gateway

Status

IP Address MAC Address  

Memories

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Capacity

Type

Speed

Slots

Purpose

       
             

Azure specific data pulled:

Subscription, Public and Private DNS names, Subnets, instance ID, tenant ID, Location, VM size, virtual networks, and tags

     

*Host Name accuracy depends on the local DNS server always being updated.

**IP address discovered depends on the SCCM server accuracy.

***IP address is only discovered when the host is running.

****For local subnets only.

Intune

In addition to the table above, you are able to pull fields from your mobile device via Intune, which is part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Below is a list of data pulled:

  • Owner
  • Manufacturer
  • OS version
  • Serial Number
  • IMEI Number
  • IP address
  • Wi-Fi Mac
  • ICCID
  • App List

Data Collection via WMI

WMI provides the ability to obtain management data from remote computers in an enterprise environment operating on Windows OS.  This is accomplished via remote WMI connections made through DCOM.

Address security measures

The security measures below must be addressed to ensure proper access to data.

  1. Ensure firewall allows WMI access.

  2. Disable UAC filter by following these steps:

    1. Navigate to Start.

    2. Type: firewall

    3. Select Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

    4. Select Change settings.

    5. Select Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and then click Ok.

  3. If it is necessary to allow for a specific user:

    1. Run wmimgmt.msc

    2. Right-click WMI Control(local).

    3. Select Properties > Security tab > click Security > Add.

    4. Type the name of the user into Enter the object names to select.

    5. Click Check names, and then click OK.

    6. Click Advanced.

    7. Double-click the specific user.

    8. For Applied to select This namespace and subnamespaces.

    9. Select both:

      • Remote Enable

      • Execute Methods

    10. Runnet localgroup "Distributed COM Users" USERNAME /add

    11. Replace USERNAME (For example IE11WIN10\IEUser)

Related topics

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