Server & Application Monitor Guided Tour

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Date:
12/12/2013
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Get Your Hands on Server and Application Monitor.

Learn more about Server Monitoring Tool
 
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) provides robust capabilities to monitor and fix your servers and applications, including custom application monitoring. The following video outlines SAM and key features it offers. Watch the video, then download a trial to improve the performance of your servers and applications - free for 30 days.
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Server & Application Monitor provides you with visibility into your critical
 
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critical applications so that you can effectively monitor, alert, and report on all your
 
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applications and their underlying servers, including hardware status.
 
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In addition, SAM will allow you to gain insight into your physical and
 
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virtual infrastructure.
 
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We have over 100 built-in templates that leverage WMI,
 
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SNMP, and scripting technologies to provide you with real-time data metrics
 
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on your most critical applications.
 
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You can easily perform root-cause analysis across your entire
 
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infrastructure  within a matter of minutes by leveraging aggregated views
 
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and application groups that support all your multi-tiered applications.
 
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And you now have the flexibility to view processes running on your servers from
 
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the web console in real-time.
 
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After the SAM installation is complete,  you will have three default tabs at the top
 
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of the screen:
 
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Home, Applications and Virtualization.
 
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You can personalize the layout, tailor it to your environment, and even
 
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set up account limitations.
 
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On the Application Summary, you have a view of all monitored applications.
 
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Any problems in your environment will be displayed as yellow or red icons
 
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under the All Applications tree.
 
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If you expand a particular application monitor,
 
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you have a view of all component monitors associated with the application.
 
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From here, I can quickly identify that my Exchange ADAM Service is down.
 
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You can click again if you need more information or details on the overall
 
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application, or individual component monitor.
 
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The Application Health Overview chart  will show you exactly which applications
 
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are up and running.
 
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You can drill down into the applications and see which ones are performing well
 
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and which ones are in a critical or warning state.
 
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It looks like my SQL server
 
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is having some performance issues.
 
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Hovering over the application name will give you a detailed snapshot of the
 
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exact issue.
 
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SAM provides several methods for managing the servers within your environment.
 
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In the Management resource you'll find the Real-Time Process Explorer,
 
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the Service Control Manager,
 
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and the ability to reboot your servers.
 
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The Real-Time Process Explorer lets you quickly,
 
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and in real-time identify any processes that are consuming high CPU,
 
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memory
 
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or disk I/O from the web console.
 
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For example,
 
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this device has an alert that was triggered by high CPU utilization.
 
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By clicking the Real-Time Process Explorer icon, you can quickly identify
 
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which process is the cause of the high CPU utilization.
 
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The Service Control Manager will quickly show all services on the server,
 
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their status,
 
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and provides the ability to stop, start or restart a service.
 
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This is very helpful if you need to restart a service and don't want to remote
 
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desktop to the server.
 
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Server & Application Monitor not only provides key application metrics,  it also
 
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provides out-of-the-box server hardware monitoring.
 
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By drilling down to the Node Details page, you can can view server hardware health
 
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allowing you to quickly identify any hardware failures. Here you can see we
 
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have a non-critical warning on one of our arrays.
 
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Also available,
 
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is this historical hardware information,
 
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such as fan speed, power supply status, and temperature.
 
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Server & Application Monitor offers dynamic service groups.
 
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These groups will allow you to organize servers and applications
 
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in order to roll-up service level status across your business.
 
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Additionally, you group objects by category, such as location, so you can
 
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quickly determine if an application issue occurs in any location.
 
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Leveraging these groups allows you to understand the root cause of a problem.
 
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You can quickly isolate the fault,
 
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which makes it easier for you to identify and resolve issues in your
 
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environment.
 
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As you can see on the Summary page,  I have several applications that are being
 
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monitored in my environment.
 
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Currently, the list is being sorted by application.
 
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However, you can sort the list in any manner you like.
 
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Let's drill down into my SQL server to see where I am having a performance problem.
 
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By clicking the application name, I am taken to the application details view.
 
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From here, I can see that I have a few components that in a critical state.
 
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Lock Weights/Sec,
 
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Full Scans/Sec,
 
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and Table Fragmentation.
 
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By clicking on the Full Scans/Sec component,  we get even more granular data
 
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about the information being returned.
 
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From this view, I can see that Full Scans/Sec
 
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is at 182,
 
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well above the defined critical threshold.
 
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This view also lets me check  historical min/max and average statistics of the
 
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component monitor.
 
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On the Server Application Monitor SQL Server Summary page, you will find a list of all
 
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the Top 10 Components by statistical data.
 
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These are top 10 components based solely on the SQL environment.
 
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These components are not aggregated across all of your applications,
 
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they are only looking at the SQL server.
 
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This can be done with virtually any application that you want to monitor.
 
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As you can see here, we have resources that show all active alerts,
 
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Top 10 Components by Statistic Data,
 
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Top 10 Components by Response Time,
 
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and Top 10 Monitored Processes by CPU Load,
 
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Physical Memory,
 
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and Virtual Memory.
 
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Server & Application Monitor also gives you visibility into your virtual
 
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environment.
 
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The Virtualization Summary provides a high-level view of the environment along
 
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with top 10 performance resources.
 
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For more granular data,
 
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I can drill down into one of my host systems.
 
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This provides a list of all virtual machines associated with the host
 
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system. The view also provides information on  CPU utilization,
 
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memory usage, and network traffic of each virtual machine associated with the host.
 
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That concludes the Server & Application Monitor product demonstration.
 
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For more information, or to download a free 30-day trial,
 
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please visit www.solarwinds.com.
 
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Contact a SolarWinds sales representative for pricing in your
 
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environment. Thanks, and have a great day!