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Monitor devices with SolarWinds Orion agents in SAM

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Updated September 13, 2018

An agent is software that provides a communication channel between the Orion server and a Windows, Linux, or IBM AIX computer. Products install plug-ins on agents to collect the data that the agents send back. This can be beneficial in situations such as:

  • Polling hosts and applications behind firewall NAT or proxies.
  • Polling node and applications across multiple discrete networks that have overlapping IP address space.
  • Secure, encrypted polling over a single port.
  • Support for low bandwidth, high latency connections.
  • Polling nodes across domains where no domain trusts have been established.
  • Full, end-to-end encryption between the monitored host and the main poller.

You can monitor servers hosted by cloud-based services such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, and other Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

After deployment, all communication between the Orion server and the agent occur over a single fixed port. This communication is fully encrypted using 2048-bit TLS encryption. The agent protocol supports NAT traversal and passing through proxy servers that require authentication.

To learn more about agents, see the Orion Platform Administration Guide.

 
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