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SolarWinds SAM provides a number of preconfigured application templates that you can use to monitor business-critical applications.
SolarWinds recommends deploying a single template, making necessary edits to customize it to your environment, and then deploying the edited template on all similar applications. You can also obtain a template from the thwack community for an application not shipped with SAM.
The following example shows how to apply the Windows Server 2003-2012 template to monitor the operating system.
The Windows Server 2003-2012 template monitors the following components:
Windows Performance Counters use Remote Procedure Call (RPC) for communication which uses TCP port 445. If testing fails once the template has been assigned to a node, you can use the WMI protocol.
It will take several minutes for the initial poll to complete and resources to display data.
Click My Dashboards > SAM Summary to view the All Applications resource. The All Applications resource is an excellent method for monitoring and troubleshooting software. When software has been ruled out as the problem, check the hardware health.