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New to Solarwinds


New to Solar Winds I was wondering what the difference is with monitoring a server via WMI or SNMP ? can only do one or the other correct ?

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This is an excellent source for customers who are new to SolarWinds: It provides install instructions, best practices in the getting started guides and links to information on SolarWinds Academy product training (included when you are under active maintenance).

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Level 16

Since you are new to SolarWinds you might want to look into the Smart Start program to help you out.

Smart Start Onboarding Program - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

Level 14

I'm not sure that they're specifically mutually exclusive, but the difference tends to be that WMI is going to be Microsoft only and SNMP is generally everything else.  SNMP is used for Linux based operating systems as well as networking devices.

Windows can do SNMP, but that would require additional configuration vs what is baked in with WMI.

Here's some additional information you may find useful:

SNMP vs WMI polling - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

SNMP vs WMI polling - pros and cons

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