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Navigate SolarWinds NPM

Created by Chris.Moyer_ret, last modified by Chris.Moyer_ret on Oct 03, 2016

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After you have installed and configured SolarWinds NPM, you can log in to the Web Console.

The following terms will help as you explore SolarWinds NPM:

  • Orion Platform: The common backend platform used by the Solarwinds Orion suite of products, including NPM, SAM, NCM, NTA, and more. The platform provides the backbone for navigation, settings, and common features like alerts and reports. It also provides a consistent look-and-feel across products, giving you a "single pane of glass" for your Orion monitoring tools.
  • Orion Web Console: The web interface you see when you log on to Orion that is used to view, configure, and manage all of your monitored objects. You can access the Orion Web Console from any computer connected to the internet.
  • View: An individual page in the web console.
  • Resource: The widgets or informational blocks that make up a view.
  • Element: Anything that can be monitored by Orion.

When you first log in, tabs appear at the top of the web console. Other than Home, each application tab corresponds to an Orion module. If you have installed only SolarWinds NPM, then you will see a Home tab and a Network tab.


Tabs contain views, which are pages within the Orion Web Console. The Home tab contains views that are common among all Orion modules. The Network tab contains views specific to SolarWinds NPM, for example, Network Top 10.


Views contain resources, which show you the details and statistics of whatever you are monitoring. Views can be customized to include any resources you want. You have hundreds of resources from which to choose.


Overview of an element

Within a view, elements that appear in green are up and running, and working as expected. Elements that appear red or partially red need attention. In this example, all nodes are up, but node Cur-Nor5520 has an issue as indicated by the red square that appears next to the node name. The red square indicates that the system is monitoring a child of that node, for example, an interface.

You can explore a node by placing your cursor over a monitored element to see its details. In this example, one or more interfaces are down.




Details of an element

Elements within a view are dynamically linked so you can drill down and view the details of the element. In this example, the Cur-Nor5520 node was selected on the NPM Summary view, and the Node Details page opens. The Current Percent Utilization of Each Interface resource provides more information about interfaces.


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