Welcome to Server & Application Monitor

Step One: Complete Your Installation

You recently downloaded a 30-day trial version of SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor. You’ll be happy to know that in less than 30 minutes, you can complete your installation and be up and running in no time. Check out the Introduction to Server & Application Monitor video below for highlights of all the great features.

Check System Requirements

Before getting started, verify that your server meets these system requirements:
  • Windows® Server® 2003, 2008 R2 & 2012, with IIS in 32-bit mode
  • Microsoft® IIS, version 6.0 & higher, 32-bit mode must be installed
  • IIS 6.0 in 32-bit mode
  • .NET 3.5 (4.0 recommended)
  • SQL Server® 2005 SP3 or later, including SQL Server 2008, 2012, & 2014
  • CPU 2.4 GHz, 4GB Memory, 4GB free disk space

Execute the Installer

Copy the downloaded executable file to your verified server and run the installer. If prompted to install additional components, click Install. For each prompt, accept the default setting and click Next. At the end of the install, your Web browser will open the log-in screen. Enter "admin" for the user name (no password), and click Login.

And you’re already done with the first step! When you’re ready, move on to Step 2 to learn how to discover, and monitor your servers using SNMP & WMI credentials.

Installation Resources

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Getting Started Guide

Provides an introduction to product features and covers installation and initial configuration.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Administrator Guide (13.4 MB)

Download the latest manual for detailed instructions covering installation, configuration, common monitoring tasks and administration.

Knowledge Base: How much bandwidth does SolarWinds require for monitoring?

View this Knowledge Base article to determine the network bandwidth requirements for monitoring.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Guided Tour (6:27)

Join SolarWinds Sales Engineer Jeff Blank as he gives you a guided tour of all of the features of SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.

SolarWinds Training – Server & Application Monitor (Video Playlist)

SolarWinds training videos covering all of the major Server & Application Monitor features.

Additional Resources

You Don’t Know Thwack

Browse thwack, SolarWinds online user community, for tips and tricks on using Server & Application Monitor.

An Interactive View of Server & Application Monitor

An interactive overview of Server & Application Monitor’s architecture.

Server & Application Monitor Licensing (3:09)

This short video provides an explanation of the licensing tiers associated with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, and how the makeup of your environment determines your licensing needs.

Product and Customer Reviews

Check out product reviews by industry experts and see who in your network has recommended SAM on LinkedIn.

Cardinal Health on the Pros/Cons of Agentless vs Agent-Based Monitoring

Interview with SolarWinds MVP Leon Adatole on guidance of how to organize a monitoring environment and the pros of using agentless monitoring tools.