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In SolarWinds SAM, an application is a collection of component monitors inherited from a template. A component monitor queries for values returned by a process, counter, status, or script. SolarWinds SAM uses the data received to display vital statistics concerning the health of the system.
Templates provide blueprints for the applications to be monitored. You can customize templates, and use only the component monitors you need to monitor a specific environment. SolarWinds SAM provides the following types of templates:
The following illustration explains the template and application relationship. If you make a change at the template level, the applications based on that template will be affected. Conversely, if you make a change at the application level, only the individual application will be affected.
This inheritance relationship is beneficial if you need to make a lot of changes. For example, rather than making one change to 100 applications (and therefore 100 changes), you can change one item that will affect all 100 applications based on that template.