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- SAM provides built in templates for monitoring common applications.
- SAM provides a framework to easily write custom monitors for third party applications.
- For built in templates SAM gives guidance for what an alert means and often how to resolve it.
- I believe the pricing of SAM is a bit on the high side.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "SolarWinds: Not just a piece of dust in the wind for monitoring"
- Using SNMP to automatically discover my network devices, while collecting the network information to produce a detailed network inventory.
- The automatic discovery of the connection between L2 and L3 devices.
- Using NetPath across the hybrid clouds is a time saver and pinpoints where to focus resources to fix issues.
- Many of the functionality are Cisco-centric and in a mixed vendor environment, this causes some issues.
- Limitation of the SD WAN tools.
- The database of NPM should really run on Oracle not SQL.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "IT Infrastructure Monitoring that is Easy to Manage"
- Easy to manage.
- Allows us to identify issues before they cause outages.
- Customized alerting.
- Integration with the full Orion suite to get a complete picture.
- In-depth customization can take some time.
Review: "SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor perfect for monitoring applications and servers for issues"
- It has some out of the box commonly used application monitors for Windows
- It has some out of the box commonly used application monitors for Linux
- You can set up custom application monitors for Windows systems
- You can set up custom application monitors for Linux systems
- I wish there was more out of the box Linux application monitors
- I wish it could communicate with TR-069 for monitoring our LTE
- Full stack monitoring from the User to the App server.
- Most common apps are supported out of the box.
- Create custom app templates for in house apps.
- There can be a significant learning curve to take full advantage of the product.
- Somewhat limited without integration with other SolarWinds Orion products.
- Reporting requires some SQL knowledge to use them to their full potential.
- Triggered Alerts
- Custom Thresholds
- Integration with IIS, Exchange, Active Directory out of the box!
- Top 10 Lists - Monitored,
- Integrationg with Orion
- I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have 2 modes or themes available; day time or what you currently have available. I would like to see a second option available, a dark theme.
- I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor to allow for unlimited nodes and applications to be monitored with a base license. The end user is responsible for resources!
- I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have additional configuration features available to the end user on the Settings page. For example, SMTP configuration specifically for SAM.
- Up/Down alerts, memory, and CPU utilization alerting.
- Ease of use.
- Hardware monitoring.
- Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect and Chassis monitoring.
- Alert testing to see which servers would be impacted.
- No additional ability to have monitors based on scripts.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "Best tool to monitor performance, health, and availability for you infrastructure!"
- We have simple monitors combined with alerts such as monitoring drive volumes and alerting the OS team when needed or the application owners depending on the drive.
- We have a high priority DNS internal farm that is monitored, tested, and alerted if anything ever fails any of the customized tests.
- One of the few issues I have is the user rights granularity. I would like a lot more options.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "Easy, yet informative, server and application monitoring"
- Visual reports of historical data.
- Alerting team when something is going wrong.
- Analyzing server performance in real-time.
- It would be nice to overlay metrics on the same graph, so we can compare metrics.
- monitoring all the infrastructure(servers, network, applications) for uptime, performance, usage, etc.
- generating reports to analyze the performance, quality, and usage of the datacenter.
- alerting us to error situations: high usage for RAM, CPUs, reaching the limits of the storage, server down, etc.
It is used by the IT department that is responsible for the uptime, availability and quality of our datacenter.
- Monitoring servers for performance.
- A configurable alerting system -- for things like high RAM or CPU usage, disk space limits on mounted folders, unexpected shutdowns.
- Reports-- a wide selection of reports (a total of 145 in our instance).
- Performance analytics -- a nice UI feature that lets you build an analysis of the servers you need to monitor for performance issues.
- It's slow most of the times -- we are monitoring hundreds of servers from the datacenter, and going through the screens to look at your server may take some time.
- It is not monitoring all servers in our environment, maybe because of the performance issues. If I need to add one (as a user) I have to send a request to IT, and it may take a few days.
- The User Interface could use an uplift; nowadays people's requirements for usability and user experience are at a very high standard.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "SolarWinds delivers the monitoring we need both on premise and in the cloud."
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "SolarWinds: Server and Application Monitoring worth the investment."
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor: "SAM Review: good product but great when combined with others."
- Implementation is easy. With a list of IPs/Hostname a mass add, gets you up and running.
- Ability to create custom dashboards help with users seeing their specific items.
- App insights help finding and monitoring on application specific items.
- Dashboard creation is a bit clunky, there are maybe 1 or 2 many clicks
- Hard to edit a template for just one application. For example, if I only want IIS monitoring for app A, I must go into the template to edit for those servers.
- Monitor voice network and quality
- Monitor exchange databases
- Monitor network connectivity
- Server uptime
- The ability to remove modules without having to rebuild the whole system. The recent test of WPM has shown that when using the trial version it becomes embedded and difficult to remove all parts
- The requirement for 3.5 dot net. The system is old and should be updated.
- I like the SolarWinds help group, but sometimes you don’t get replies for weeks regarding some of the more obscure problems. Easier to open tickets than have to wait for help from others.
- Monitoring critical services.
- Telling which services are taxes the server the most.
- Rebooting services in a single pane of glass.
- Integrate the alert monitoring into the application monitor steps. Like a tab for setting up monitoring that is not required as it is difficult for newer users to set up the monitor and then set an alert on the monitor.
- Linux Monitoring -- Really helps with Linux server monitoring. There are inbuilt application monitoring templates for Apache Tomcat which we leverage.
- Windows Monitoring -- Helps to monitor AD, DNS, DHCP, High CPU, memory utilization.
- Single dashboard monitoring of all our servers.
- The Server & Application Monitor has a dependency with another SolarWinds module, which is the Network Performance Monitor.
- The dashboard can get too crowded if the number of servers is more. We monitor more than 500 servers in a single dashboard. Sometimes the hostnames overlap, causing confusion.
- An agent is required to be added to all servers.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "SolarWinds SAM made me more productive and proactive."
- Monitoring - I can easily use built-in templates for most things, but I can also easily create custom monitors for things that are more unique to my environment.
- Alerting - It takes some work to get it exactly right, but you can tune your alerts to ensure you are not crying wolf.
- Application insights - the templates for monitoring Exchange and SQL performance really allow you to quickly and easily pinpoint and attack problem areas in these critical applications.
- Licensing - while the model is simple, it can be frustrating. New features, like AppInsight, use a ton of "monitors" so you will always need/want to upgrade to the next level. The difference in licenses/pricing can be startling. For example, if you need 301 you have to buy 700. Finding more flexibility here would make happier customers.
- Sales - the sales team is unnecessarily aggressive in their tactics. They will call and email every listed contact they can find repeatedly offering account reviews, quarter end sales, etc.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "Nice and cost effective for a few critical systems."
- Tells you when a web service goes down.
- Tells you when a threshold has been exceeded.
- You can get very granular in the settings.
- It wants to auto-add everything. It's so annoying to add new machines and make sure it doesn't use SAM.
- It's way too expensive to monitor all but the most critical things. You can burn all the sensors for the lowest tier on one server.
- It has been tested in the field and has a lot of modules that work well with different applications.
- It can be pretty easy to set up.
- The interface will seem old if it doesn't get an overhaul that allows for more customization.
- It can be tricky to figure out where everything is.
- Very good in-depth detail on memory utilization.
- SQL Agent Jobs: I would like to see in a single report what are the SQL Agent jobs that failed on all the servers last night.
- Database Backups: I would like to see in a single report what are the backups that failed on all the servers last night.
- SQL Server Error Logs of all the servers in production environment in a single report.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "Big and complex infrastructure - SAM is your choice."
- Huge variety of options for monitoring.
- Flexible configuration.
- infrastructure mapping.
- Performance and storage monitoring.
- Single console for virtualized assets management.
- Alert management.
- Integration with other solutions for better monitoring and control.
- More details on monitoring Exchange, SQL, IIS, etc.
- In most cases, the interface is overloaded with information that is not important for quick monitoring check and takes time to understand all the functions.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "SAMs best at Monitoring, Alerting and Troubleshooting our environments issues."
- Provides up/down/reboot notifications via customizable alerts to impacted parties
- Provides insight on exchange, sql and other environments to assist with troubleshooting
- Provides historical and forecasting data that can be used to assist with resource or server issues
- Better seamless integration with vcenter, as in an api plugin
- Better linkage for virtualization within the home page
- Better details available for VMs
- Alerting, it does a great job of letting our techs know when there is a problem and the severity of it.
- We use Netpath to monitor a path to a monitored server and look for issues along that path
- We use it to monitor our wireless infrastructure.
- I would like to see the web interface respond faster, at times it can become sluggish.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review: "Great inventory finding tool and performance notifications"
The products only get better as development grows. Its a great visual tool to analyze your network and get notified when your assets are unavailable. There are other free tools out there to do this, but Server monitor takes care of everything you can think of.
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About SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers application and server monitoring capabilities for IT pros enabling them to diagnose and troubleshoot issues faster. The vendor’s value proposition is that this solution prevents slow applications and downtime from impacting end-users and business services. Users can use this tool to pinpoint the root cause of application issues across various layers of the IT stack.
The vendor says SolarWinds SAM is affordable, easy to deploy, use and customize. Users can automatically discover their systems environment and start monitoring in about an hour. No professional services or consultation needed.
SAM is built on SolarWinds Orion® platform enabling native integration with Network Performance Monitor and other IT management software from SolarWinds.
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