The following procedure details the steps required to add a Node for monitoring in the IPAM Web Console.
To add a device for monitoring in the IPAM Web Console:
- Log in to the IPAM Web Console as an administrator.
- Click Settings in the top right of the web console.
- Click Manage Nodes in the Node & Group Management grouping of the Orion Website Administration page.
- Click Add Node on the Node Management toolbar.
- Provide the hostname or IP Address of the node you want to add in the Hostname or IP Address field.
- If the IP address of the node you are adding is dynamically assigned, check Dynamic IP Address.
- If you only want to use ICMP to monitor node status, response time, or packet loss for the added node, check ICMP (Ping only).
- If you want to add an External node to monitor a hosted application with Orion Application Performance Monitor, check External.
The External status is reserved for nodes hosting applications that are to be monitored with Orion Application Performance Monitor. Orion IPAM will not collect or monitor any data about a node itself, if it is marked as External.
- If you are adding a Cisco UCS Manager, check UCS manager credentials, and then complete the following steps to provide required UCS credentials in the UCS credentials area.
- Provide the Port on which the UCS manager listens for SNMP queries.
- Provide an appropriate User name and a Password to gain access to your UCS device.
- Click Test to confirm the UCS credentials you have provided.
- If you are adding a VMware device, check Poll for VMware to ensure that Orion NPM acquires any data the VMware device provides to SNMP polling requests, and then complete the following steps to provide required vCenter or ESX Server credentials.
- Select an appropriate vCenter or ESX credential.
- If you are creating a new credential, select <New Credential>.
- If you are editing an existing credential, select the credential you want to edit.
SolarWinds recommends against using non-alphanumeric characters in VMware credential names.
- If you are creating a new credential, provide a Credential name.
- Provide an appropriate User name and a Password, and then provide the password again in the Confirm password field.
- Click Test to confirm the VMware credentials you have provided.
- If you want to use SNMP to monitor the added node, confirm that ICMP (Ping only) is cleared, and then complete the following steps:
- Select the SNMP Version for the added node.
- Orion uses SNMPv2c by default. If the device you are adding supports or requires the enhanced security features of SNMPv3, select SNMPv3.
- If SNMPv2c is enabled on a device you want Orion IPAM to monitor, by default, Orion IPAM will attempt to use SNMPv2c to poll for performance information. If you only want Orion IPAM to poll using SNMPv1, you must disable SNMPv2c on the device to be polled.
- If you have installed multiple polling engines, select the Polling Engine you want to use to collect statistics from the added node.
This option may not be available if you are only using one polling engine to collect information from your network.
- If the SNMP port on the added node is not the Orion default of 161, provide the actual port number in the SNMP Port field.
- If the added node supports 64bit counters and you want to use them, check Allow 64bit counters.
Orion fully supports the use of 64-bit counters; however, these high capacity counters can exhibit erratic behavior depending on manufacturer implementation. If you notice peculiar results when using these counters, use the Node Details view to disable the use of 64-bit counters for the device and contact the hardware manufacturer.
- If you want Orion to use SNMPv2c to monitor the added node, provide valid community strings for the added node.
The Read/Write Community String is optional, but Orion does require the public Community String, at minimum, for node monitoring. If you want to use read/write SNMPv3 credentials, complete the following steps in the Read / Write SNMPv3 Credentials area.
- If you want Orion to use SNMPv3 to monitor the added node, provide the following SNMP Credentials, Authentication, and Privacy/Encryption settings:
- SNMPv3 Username, Context, Authentication Method, and Password.
If this password is a key, check Password is a key.
- SNMPv3 Privacy/Encryption Method and Password.
If this password is a key, check Password is a key.
- If you want to save the provided credentials as a credential set, provide a Name, and click Save.
- If you want to delete a currently saved credential set, select the set to delete, and click Save.
- If you are using SNMP to communicate with your added node, click Validate SNMP after entering all credentials to confirm your SNMP settings.
- Click Next.
- Check the objects for the added node that you want Orion to monitor or manage. The following options are available in the selection toolbar:
- Clicking All selects all listed devices and charts for monitoring.
- Clicking None clears any checked interfaces, volumes, or interface charts that have been selected for monitoring.
- Clicking All Volumes selects all listed volumes for monitoring.
- After you have selected objects for monitoring, click Next.
- If Orion NPM is installed and you want to apply pollers to the added node, click + to expand poller groups, as necessary, check the appropriate pollers, and click Next.
For more information about using predefined pollers or about defining your own universal device pollers, see Monitoring MIBs with Universal Device Pollers in the SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor Administrator Guide.
- If you want to edit the SNMP settings you provided earlier, change the appropriate values in the SNMP area of the Change Properties page, and then click Validate SNMP to confirm your new settings.
- If you want to edit the default polling settings for your added node, change the Node Status Polling or Collect Statistics Every values in the Polling area of the Change Properties page, as appropriate.
The Node Status Polling value refers to the number of seconds, between the node status checks Orion performs on the added node. The Collect Statistics Every value refers to the period of time between the updates Orion makes to displayed statistics for the added node.
- If you have defined any custom properties for monitored nodes, provide appropriate values for the added node in the Custom Properties area of the Change Properties page.
The Custom Properties area is empty if you have not defined any custom properties for monitored network objects.
- Click OK, Add Node when you have completed properties configuration.
- If you have successfully added the node, click OK on the dialog.