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Add Node - Define Node

Provide the information required to identify and access the node you are adding to the SolarWinds Orion database for monitoring.

Define node properties

  1. Provide the host name or IP Address of the node you want to add in the Hostname or IP Address field.
  2. If the IP address of the node you are adding is dynamically assigned, select Dynamic IP Address.
  3. If you only want to use ICMP to monitor node status, response time, or packet loss for the added node, select ICMP (Ping only).
  4. If you want to add an External node to monitor a hosted application with SAM, select External.

    The External status is reserved for nodes hosting applications that you want to monitor with SAM. NPM will not collect or monitor data about a node if it is marked as External.

  5. If you are adding a Cisco UCS Manager, select UCS manager credentials, and then complete the following steps to provide required UCS credentials in the UCS credentials area.
    1. Provide the Port on which the UCS manager listens for SNMP queries.
    2. Provide an appropriate User name and a Password to gain access to your UCS device.
    3. Click Test to confirm the UCS credentials you have provided.
  6. If you are adding a VMware device, select Poll for VMware to make sure that NPM acquires data the VMware device provides to SNMP polling requests.
  7. Complete the following steps to provide the vCenter or ESX Server credentials. For more information, see Monitor virtual infrastructure.
    1. Select an appropriate vCenter or ESX credential.
      •  If you are creating a new credential, select <New Credential>.
      •  If you are editing an existing credential, select the credential you want to edit.
      • SolarWinds recommends using only alphanumeric characters in VMware credential names.
    2. If you are creating a new credential, provide a Credential name.
    3. Provide an appropriate User name and a Password.
    4. Click Test to confirm the VMware credentials.
  8. If you want to use SNMP to monitor the added node, confirm that ICMP (Ping only) is cleared, and then complete the following steps:
    1. Select the SNMP Version for the added node.
      • Orion uses SNMPv2c by default. If the device you are adding supports or requires the enhanced security features of SNMPv3, select SNMPv3.
      • If SNMPv2c is enabled on a device you want to monitor, by default, NPM attempts to use SNMPv2c to poll for performance information. If you only want NPM to poll using SNMPv1, you must disable SNMPv2c on the device to be polled.
    2. If you have installed multiple polling engines, select the Polling Engine you want to use to collect statistics from the added node.

      This option may not be available if you are only using one polling engine to collect information from your network.

    3. If the SNMP port on the added node is not the Orion default of 161, provide the port number in the SNMP Port field.
    4. If the added node supports 64-bit counters and you want to use them, select Allow 64-bit counters.

      Orion supports 64-bit counters, however these high capacity counters can exhibit erratic behavior depending on the manufacturer's implementation. If you notice peculiar results when using these counters, use the Node Details view to disable 64-bit counters for the device, and contact the hardware manufacturer.

  9. If you want Orion to use SNMPv2c to monitor the added node, provide valid community strings for the added node.
  10. If you want Orion to use SNMPv3 to monitor the added node, provide the following SNMP Credentials, Authentication, and Privacy/Encryption settings:
    • SNMPv3 Username, Context, Authentication Method, and Password. If this password is a key, select Password is a key.
    • SNMPv3 Privacy/Encryption Method and Password. If this password is a key, select Password is a key.
  11. If you want to save the provided credentials as a credential set, provide a Name, and then click Save.
  12. If you want to delete a currently saved credential set, select the set to delete, and then click Save.
  13. If you are using SNMP to communicate with your added node, click Validate SNMP after entering all credentials to confirm your SNMP settings.
  14. If your SNMP settings are valid, click Next to continue.