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Home > Success Center > Log & Event Manager (LEM) > LEM Administrator's Guide > Managing LEM VMs and appliances in the console

Managing LEM VMs and appliances in the console

Updated: September 15, 2017

This topic shows you how to use the console to manage one or more LEM Managers or LEM VMs.

View LEM license information

Use the following steps to view LEM license information.

See Licensing LEM in the LEM Installation Guide to learn how LEM is licensed.

Each time you create a VM desktop, an Agent connects to LEM and allocates a license. This process repeats as desktops are added or removed.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Manage > Appliances.

  3. Select a LEM Manager (LEM VM instance) in the Appliances grid.

  4. Go to the Properties pane and select the License tab.

     

    Field

    Description

    Total Nodes

    Displays the total number of nodes allowed by your SolarWinds LEM license.

    Total Unused Nodes

    Displays the number of unallocated nodes.

    Total Agent Nodes

    Displays the number of nodes allocated to LEM agent devices (such as workstations or servers).

    Total Non-Agent Nodes

    Displays the number of nodes allocated to non-agent devices (such as firewalls and switches).

    Maintenance Expiration Date

    Displays the date your current maintenance contract with SolarWinds Support expires.

     

    The Properties pane refreshes automatically when the LEM Manager is updated. This ensures that you are looking at the most current information.

Enable LEM license recycling

License recycling allows you to collect and reuse licenses from nodes that have not sent an event to the LEM Manager within a specified amount of time.

To enable license recycling:

  1. Go to the LEM license tab as described in the previous task (view LEM license information).

  2. Select the Enable license recycling check box and complete the form.

  3. Select a defined time frame to recycle the license when a node has not sent an event.

  4. Select the time and day to check for recyclable licenses.

  5. Click the Nodes to check drop-down menu and select an option.

  6. Click Update License.

Configure the settings used to log in to the LEM VM

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Manage > Appliances.

  3. Select a LEM Manager (LEM VM instance) in the Appliances grid.

  4. Go to the Properties pane and select the Login tab.

  5. Edit the form fields and click Save.

    Field Description
    Username Enter the user name to log in with if configuring the console to log in automatically.
    Password

    Enter the password if configuring the console to log in automatically.

    Leave this field empty if you want the console to prompt for a password when logging in.

    Login Automatically Next Time Automatically log in to the Manager when you open the console. Clear this check box if you prefer to log in manually.
    Save Credentials Enable the console to save the LEM Manager user name and password locally. If the Login Automatically Next Time check box is selected, the console will automatically log on to the Manager when the console is started. Otherwise, the console automatically provides the user name and password when you manually log in to the Manager.
    Reconnect on disconnection / Try to reconnect every n seconds Enable the console to reconnect with the LEM Manager when the Manager is disconnected for any reason.
    Timeout reconnection attempts after n tries Select to have the Console quit its reconnection attempts with the LEM Manager after a given number of tries, especially if the previous connection attempts were unsuccessful.

Add another LEM VM or appliance to the console

See Set up the first LEM Manager instance in the web console if you are configuring LEM for the first time.

 

  • If your deployment requires multiple Mangers, use a unique hostname for each instance to ensure proper event flow and console function. SolarWinds recommends giving each Manager a unique name before adding it to your LEM system.

  • Completing these steps will add the LEM VM or appliance to both the web console and the desktop console

 

  1. If adding a physical LEM appliance, locate and record the appliance serial or registration number. This information is required for a future step.

  2. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  3. Click Manage > Appliances.

  4. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEM/Log_and_Event_Manager_Administrator's_Guide/LEM_Administrator's_Guide/0110-Managing_LEM_VMs_and_appliances_in_the_console/button-widgetplus_14x13.png in the Appliances toolbar.

    The "Connect to SolarWinds Log & Event Manager Appliance" form opens.

    File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEM/Log_and_Event_Manager_Administrator's_Guide/LEM_Administrator's_Guide/1310-Appliances_view_in_the_LEM_console/lem-ug-connect-to-lem-appliance_329x317.png

  5. Complete the fields in the form.

    Field Description
    Name or IP Enter the LEM VM name or IP address.
    Username Enter the user name to log in with.
    Password Enter the password for the account.
    Login on console startup Select to automatically log in to LEM when the console is started.
    Save Credentials Select to save the login user name and password.
    Appliance Type Select the appropriate LEM Manager or server.
    Connection Port

    Enter the port number used by the console to communicate with the Manager network appliance or database.

    The secure port number is 8443. This value defaults to 8080 for virtual appliances in the evaluation phase. This field only applies when the Appliance Type is Manager.

    Model

    Select "Virtual" if LEM is deployed as a VM, or select the appropriate appliance model (applies to older versions of LEM).

    If you don't know the model type, select Unknown. If your model type does not appear in the drop-down list, select Other. Your selection will not impact Manager operations. If you selected a listed model type, an image of the appliance displays in the Details pane.

    Level This option does not apply if LEM is deployed as a VM. If you are adding a physical appliance, select the appliance level. This value is related to the appliance capacity and performance. If you are not sure which level to choose, select Unknown.
    Service Tag Enter the LEM appliance serial or registration number. This number uniquely identifies this piece of equipment and its specific configuration properties.
    Icon Color Select the desired color for your icon.
  6. Click Connect to add the appliance and close the form.

  7. Enter the virtual appliance IP address, and then click Connect.

  8. When the installation is completed, change your LEM password.

    The LEM desktop software requires that you change your LEM password after installation. This password must be between 6 and 40 characters, and must contain at least one capital letter and one number. The default user name is Admin and the password is Password.

    See Set the global password policy for LEM users to learn about minimum password requirements in LEM.

  9. Click OK.

    The VM or appliance is added to the console.

Copy data about a LEM VM or appliance

To copy data about a LEM instance to your computer's clipboard, complete these steps. You can paste the data into another application for analysis (Microsoft Excel, for example), or the Remote Agent Installer for updates.

The LEM remote Agent installer pushes LEM Agents to Microsoft Windows hosts across your network.

 

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Manage > Appliances.

  3. In the Appliances grid, select the appliances you want to copy.

  4. Click in the Appliances toolbar and select:

    • Copy Selected – Copy the data for the selected appliances

    • Copy All – Copy the data for every appliance in the grid

    The appliance data is copied to your clipboard and can now be pasted into another application.

Remove a LEM VM or appliance from the console

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Manage > Appliances.

  3. In the Appliances grid, select the appliance you want to remove.

  4. Click and select Delete.

  5. At the confirmation prompt, click Yes to remove the VM/appliance.

    The VM/appliance is removed from the Appliances grid.

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