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Home > Success Center > Log & Event Manager (LEM) > SolarWinds LEM Quick Start and Deployment Guide > Set up your deployment > Configure your basic LEM settings

Configure your basic LEM settings

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Caroline Juszczak on Aug 05, 2016

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To begin setting up your LEM environment, configure your basic settings, such as email alerting and Windows Active Directory integration. This helps you identify problem devices and control change management in your corporate enterprise.

Before you set up email alerting, locate:

  • The IP address or hostname of your primary or relay email server
  • A valid email address you can use for testing

If you have a secured email server, add the LEM virtual appliance IP address as an authorized source.

Set up email alerting

Email alerting sends you an email when a monitored device has a problem. This helps you troubleshoot and resolve network problems in a timely manner. Log & Event Manager uses your existing email server or simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) relay server to forward email notifications.

You can also set up email alerting by configuring an Email Active Response connector in your appliance located in the Manage > Appliances view.

  1. Log in as an administrator.
  2. Click the Ops Center View and locate the Getting Started widget.
  3. In the widget, click Configure Basic LEM Settings.


  4. In the Welcome screen click Next.


  5. Configure your email alert settings as required.


    1. Enter your mail server IP address in the Mail Host field.
    2. Enter a port number only if you use a port other than port 25.
    3. If you are using a third-party email server, click the Transport Protocol drop-down menu and select SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security). Be sure to add a corresponding port number in the Port field.
    4. Change the return address to reflect your current domain.

      For example,

    5. Change the return display name if SolarWinds does not provide a complete description for your needs . For example, you can enter System Alert or Security Alert.
    6. Enter an authentication server username and password only if you must authenticate before you send an email or if you use a third-party tool (such as Google Mail or Microsoft Office365).
  6. Click Text Email.
  7. Check your email to ensure you received a SolarWinds test message.

    Email alerting is enabled.

  8. Click Next to set up Active Directory integration.

Set up Active Directory integration

Active Directory integration helps you control Change Management by alerting you when Active Directory groups and accounts are updated or modified. Using Active Directory, you can implement Directory Groups instead of User Defined Groups in your filters and rules to reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.

  1. Configure your Active Directory connection settings as required.


    1. Enter your domain name.
    2. Enter the IP address or host name of your Directory Services server.

      This server is commonly a domain controller.

    3. Enter an authentication server username and password only if you must authenticate to connect to your Active Directory server.
    4. If your Active Directory server supports encryption, click the Encryption drop-down menu and select SSL or TLS. Otherwise, select No SSL.

      The Custom Port field populates automatically based on your encryption setting.

  2. Click Test Domain Connection and verify that your Active Directory settings are correct.
  3. Click Finish.

    The Active Directory connection is enabled.

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09:38, 5 Aug 2016