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Discover applications - Video

Updated June 6th, 2016


This video (4:21) covers Server & Application Monitor's application discovery feature.


SAM 6.2.4 and above

Video Transcription

In this video we are going to cover Server & Application Monitor’s Application discovery feature
Before we begin, please note that Network Sonar Discovery is covered in the “Create a manual discovery job" and "create a scheduled discovery job" videos which you may want to review before continuing.
This video will be focused on adding applications to nodes discovered by Network Sonar Discovery or nodes that were manually add in the Orion platform.
It is important to remember that Server & Application Monitor, or SAM for short, can scan nodes and automatically assign the Application Monitors it deems suitable for each scanned node. You control the nodes to be scanned, the application templates used in the scan, and the scanning parameters that determine a match.
There are a few places where you can launch application discoveries from.
If you’ve haven’t run a discovery in SAM you’ll find that the easiest way to get started is by clicking on “SCAN NODES FOR APPLICATIONS” in the “All Applications” resource. 
After your first application discovery, additional jobs can be launched by opening SAM Settings from the Application Summary page, and then selecting “Scan Nodes for Applications” in the ‘Getting Started’ section.
Regardless of how it is launched, either option will load the Application Discovery Wizard.
The first step is to select the nodes that you would like SAM to scan.
You can choose to scan all nodes of a specific type by clicking on “Select All”. Or, simply select the nodes one at a time.
Here you can see that Network Sonar Discovery has already added several nodes to my nodes list.
From this list, I’m going to select a few nodes for SAM to scan for applications.
Once you have selected all of the nodes you would like SAM to scan, click the “Next” button.
There are a few application templates that SAM will scan the selected nodes for by default.
This default list can be edited by unselecting any unwanted templates.
Additional applications can be added to the scan by clicking on the drop-down and selecting from the various groups.
You can see all of the application templates that SAM comes pre-installed with by select “ALL” from the dropdown.
If you want greater detail about what is covered in any specific application, click on the name of the application and additional information will be displayed. In addition, you will also see the components that will be monitored by the application if application discovery matches the template to a node.
I’m going to select “Windows” as my sort criteria because all of the nodes I will be scanning today are windows nodes. Then I’ll add the Windows update template. Then I’ll select Exchange Server and add the Exchange application templates I want as well. Once I’m satisfied I’ll click “NEXT”
The next step in the process is to make sure that SAM will be able to access the nodes you’ve selected by ensuring that the necessary credentials are available. By default SAM will attempt to use the credentials that were provided during the initial node discovery.
 Additional credentials can be added by clicking on “Add Credential” 
Let’s go ahead and add a local user account for SAM to use.
Once everything is entered click on “submit”. As you can see we now have an additional credential that SAM will attempt to use for this application discovery job.
SAM will attempt to access the various nodes using the credentials as they are listed. To speed up the Discovery process rearrange the order of the credentials by clicking either “Move Up” or “Move Down” as necessary to order the usernames and passwords so that the most commonly used credentials are at the top of the list.
Once you have everything in the right order click next
 Review the summary and if everything looks correct click “Start Scan”
For the time being we are not going to add any UX monitors so we are going to choose “NO, ADD UX MONIORS LATER”
As you can see SAM will now try to match the selected Application Monitors with the nodes you have selected. You can monitor the progress of your SAM scan by clicking on the Notifications icon.
Once the scan is complete, the newly discovered applications will be in the All Applications resource on the SAM summary page.
By default, this resource will show each application, and nested inside that will each node that is being monitored for that application. To expand out the list of nodes per application, click on the arrow next to the application’s name.
And that wraps up our discussion on Application discovery. Go to for additional product information.


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