SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Overview

SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Active Directory Management tools. It is most often compared to Dynatrace: SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs Dynatrace

What is SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor?

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers powerful application and server monitoring capabilities for IT pros, enabling them to diagnose and troubleshoot performance issues faster. Do not let slow applications and downtime impact your end-users and business services. Pinpoint the root cause of application issues across various layers of the IT stack. SolarWinds SAM is affordable and easy to deploy, use, and customize. You can automatically discover your system's environment and start monitoring in about an hour. No professional services or consultation needed.

SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is also known as SolarWinds SAM.

SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Buyer's Guide

Download the SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: April 2021

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Infrastructure Monitoring Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Some of the valuable features are being able to see your devices and monitoring their components.

What is our primary use case?

Any customizable monitoring needed from process/service monitoring to performance counters, PowerShell and Per Scripts for reportable status or values, SQL based queries for status or values

Pros and Cons

  • "Monitoring the components on your devices with out of the box monitors or the ability to create new ones (SAM)"

    What other advice do I have?

    If you need a starting point, SolarWinds is a good start. Be sure to know how many objects or element you plan to monitor to determine the licensing and the topology of your environment to help scale out your deployment. If you have those down, you’ll be able to up in running in no time Additionally, a nice thing about SolarWinds is that the company always looks to improve their products. Since they regularly update the software for stability and new features, it’s not easy to pinpoint items for improvement. Through the Thwack community, they get great feedback from customers for feature…
    Availability & Production Mgr, IT at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Vendor
    It allows for proactive monitoring of the hardware health.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Hardware health: It allows for proactive monitoring of the hardware health and is a game changer."
    • "Currently SolarWinds SAM offers AppInsight for modern versions of: IIS, Exchange, SQL Server. They have shown to be powerful and insightful tools. However, AppInsight needs to be offered for more applications: Citrix, SharePoint, AX, etc."

    What other advice do I have?

    Don’t go with the “dive in and figure it out” approach. You’ll spend months, if not years, straightening SAM out. Take the planned approach; organize your servers and your IT services, identify what you want to monitor such as the Windows services, events, ports, SNMP traps, Syslog messages, etc and create your alerting rules. Understand your dependencies so that you can create your enterprise views and maps. Align the Orion Platform to be more than a monitoring tool. Use it for EA, capacity management, configuration management, asset management, and others.
    Learn what your peers think about SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2021.
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    Enterprise Monitoring Technologies Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Vendor
    Can provide Windows-based monitoring beyond simple SNMP.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is simple to implement and can provide fairly decent Windows-based monitoring, beyond simple SNMP. It is great for monitoring newbies and smaller shops."
    • "It needs time-based functions for monitoring. Some things need to be polled on a specific schedule or only during a specific window."

    What other advice do I have?

    Go onto THWACK (the SolarWinds user community). You will find training, help, and advice from many who have been there before. It is one of the premier user communities that many out there need to emulate!
    SB
    Network Operation Center Team Leader at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Some of the most valuable features are data collection and reporting options.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Extremely user friendly: Any IT professional can learn how to admin NPM in a short time."
    • "Nodes in Azure are able to be monitored with the use of agents, but this does not apply to cloud service offerings that are not node based."

    What other advice do I have?

    Before you install, join THACK and start talking to other users. The tool is very powerful and offers amazing monitoring options, if you have someone who knows what good monitoring should look like. Take advantage of the various custom properties to refine monitors and you will have an amazing monitoring platform. Install it, compare against others, and you will always find SolarWinds beats them for the ROI. You must also factor in the savings from being able to train general IT staff how to support the tool. It doesn’t matter how great a tool is, if you can’t find an admin to run it. Anyone…
    Network Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Some of the valuable features are NPM, NCM, and the NTA module.

    Pros and Cons

    • "I adore the NTA module that provides deep details on ingress/egress traffic for any interface. With a few clicks, you can correlate who is accessing what and when, beside the bandwidth consuming applications/users."
    • "I think they need to make reporting easier and more simple & dynamic."

    What other advice do I have?

    Even you have your own monitoring system, you need to try others to judge well and know where you are standing. Just visit the website and download a 30-day trial version. SolarWinds user community, THWACK, is a very informative one where users share their experience to solve problems and suggests development for all SolarWinds modules.
    Information Services Department Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    The valuable features are AppInsight for SQL and active directory templates.

    Pros and Cons

    • "AppInsight for SQL: Enables us to see the relevant error log entries on the same page as performance parameters."
    • "SAM AppInsight for SQL: The ability to ignore fragmentation of specific indexes."

    What other advice do I have?

    * Spend the time to examine the recurring issues in your infrastructure. Are there one or two things that come up repeatedly? * Determine what data would help avoid the problem. * Implement monitoring, alerting, policies, and procedures that collect and make use of that data. * It’s about shifting the work from responding to your customer’s problems to correcting systems and conditions before your customers even notice.
    IT Director at a construction company with 51-200 employees
    Vendor
    The most valuable features are trends, capacity planning, recommendations, and diagnostics.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The features like trends, capacity planning, recommendations, and diagnostics are the main items I focus on for added value."
    • "I believe that some of the trends, environmental maps, and items like those found in Orion would be very beneficial."

    What other advice do I have?

    DO IT!!! You will not regret it. This product is so helpful, out-of-the-box. Even for larger environments, you have a very short roll-out timeline, fantastic benefits, and results.
    Subject Matter Expert at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
    MSP
    We use this product for base and application monitoring.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Manage Groups: The capability to group appropriate devices gives better visibility of sites, categories, or critical regions. The same can be used to represent a dashboard for higher management."
    • "PerfStack can be made more effective. I am sure SolarWinds already has a plan for the same in coming versions."

    What other advice do I have?

    * As I mentioned in one of the other points: "Simplicity at its best". * SolarWinds is easy to implement and simple to use and manage. * As a system admin or network admin, you would just love this tool. It's not complicated and the features available can perform most of the activities that any other tool can. * Licensing costs are lower. * It provides a great global forum (THWACK), which is a single pit stop for all queries. * Customer portal or technical support provides a great amount of help and are they are proactive towards the issues that occur in the system. * Bug fixes and new…
    Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Consultant
    AppInsight provides a simple way to get very in-depth monitoring configured for our most popular applications.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Helps us be more proactive instead of reactive.

    What is most valuable?

    AppInsight. Provides a simple way to get very in-depth monitoring configured for our most popular applications. Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint.

    What needs improvement?

    Mapping interactions between systems.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    No issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    No issues.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service: Excellent. Technical Support: Good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Microsoft System Center Operation Manager. Although SCOM was very powerful it was also very complex to setup.

    How was the initial setup?

    Straightforward.…
    Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Vendor
    It helped us to monitor and alert whenever the SSL cert is going to expire on the server to avoid any downtime of the services running on the server on ADFS platform where we have video conferencing.

    Pros and Cons

    • "SSL Certificate Monitoring and Expiry Alerting"
    • "Solarwinds should come up the same monitoring system for other certificate expiration alert apart from SSL."
    Senior Manager of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Consultant
    Out of the box it can monitor the basic "get" command of the any website.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Management Console - Managing service to each server enrolled in the Solarwinds is much easier. Using a web base console, you can control your service much convenient way. There is no need to login remotely. It save a lot of time and effort."
    • "Downside of the tools is the web console are hung or crash. It need to improve the performance."
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