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SAM installation overview

Updated: 5-5-2017

Supported Version: SAM 6.4 and earlier

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) gives you the tools to monitor your applications and environment through a single web console. SAM includes custom collections of templates, application monitors, and alerts to intelligently monitor application status and issues in on-premises, virtual, hybrid, and cloud environments. Monitor over 200 application types including application servers, operating systems, authentication servers, database servers, and more.

SAM monitors applications in public, private, and hybrid environments using:

  • AppStack: provides an interactive visual mapping within Orion with an in-depth perspective through the entire environment to help identify the root cause of performance and availability issues.
  • AppInsight: monitors every aspect for Microsoft Exchange, IIS, and SQL servers in your environment, displaying metrics, status, and issues to manage and maintain these applications and servers.
  • Application Monitor templates: combine process monitors, port availability, and performance counters to assess the status of every aspect of your application and the health of the application as a whole.
  • Alerts: identify issues using customizable triggers, static or baseline thresholds, and actions.
  • Orion features including PerfStack, event management, and much more.

You can install SAM in stand-alone and integrated Orion Platform environments:

As part of the installation, review the system requirements, port requirements, and preflight installation checklist.

Stand-alone installation

For a stand-alone installation of SAM, install the product on a dedicated server. This installation assumes you have not installed any other SolarWinds Orion Platform products on the target server.


Integrated with the Orion Platform

SAM supports an integrated installation into an existing Orion Platform. For this installation, you may install the product on the Orion server, to connect to the Orion SQL database. As part of this installation, verify if installed products need to be upgraded prior to installing the new product. If your environment uses SolarWinds High Availability, follow the additional instructions as part of the installation.


Evaluation installation

SAM supports an evaluation installation with a trial period. This installation is a full installation of the product with a 30-day license. To continue with a full product license, contact SolarWinds Sales.

SolarWinds High Availability

SAM also supports SolarWinds High Availability for your environment. The SolarWinds Orion High Availability engine offers the following, key features:

  • Rapid failover: Ensures monitoring and data collection continuity.
  • Instant notification and alerting: High availability notifications are independent of the SolarWinds alerting service, so you’ll receive alerts even if the SolarWinds Orion server is down.
  • Customizable failover rules: Configure alerts to trigger failover based on application, system, process, and service health thresholds.
  • Easy installation and configuration: High availability is fully integrated into the SolarWinds Orion platform and is licensed per-pool.
  • To deploy HA, set up a secondary server, activate the license, and create a pool. If you evaluate HA, you can create an unlimited number of pools. After 30 days, apply a license key to convert the evaluation to a permanent license.


The following terms provide context for the architecture and components of SolarWinds products.

Additional Polling Engine (APE)

To scale polling and monitoring in larger environments, you can add additional polling engines or stackable polling engines to SAM or an existing Orion Platform. APEs scale your environment to monitor hundreds of thousands of elements, and poll across multiple pollers and locations to improve performance. For details, see the Scalability Engine Guidelines for SolarWinds Orion Products.

Additional Web Server (AWS)

To scale web server access to the Orion Web Console in larger environments, you can add an additional web server to SAM or an existing Orion Platform. AWS increase the performance and scalability of users to the Orion Web Console for SAM, For details, see the Scalability Engine Guidelines for SolarWinds Orion Products.

High Availability (HA)

HA protects SAM and your Orion environment from server crashes, outages, and database issues. Server pairs in HA pools provide automatic failover to a backup server for the main Orion server and additional polling engines. Each server pair can be easily updated with new products and hotfixes using the Scalability Engine Installer, available through the Orion Web Console.

Orion Web Console

The Orion Web Console is the web interface you log into for accessing SAM and other Orion modules and products. The web interface provides customizable views, configuration options and all monitored metrics through a single pane of glass.

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