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WMI and SNMP polling option

WMI and SNMP polling option


Provide the ability to monitor a node via SNMP, ICMP and/or WMI.  Drives via WMI and system via SNMP with the option of ICMP or not.  This would allow the best of both worlds.

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Level 10

I’d like to see the option to use both SNMP and WMI methods.

I monitor using SNMP across the board, but I want some of the options that WMI monitoring offers such as an account associated with the node (for service control via Solarwinds etc.)  and Disk Performance stats without needing to install “SNMP Informant Standard” on all my servers, or add  additional monitors manually.

I’m not saying that the same info should be gathered by both methods. I’m sure that the bods at Solarwinds know which data is best pulled from SNMP and which from WMI? If not, they could give the admin the choice of setting one as the primary method.

Level 12

This is the exact problem I have I want hardware health monitoring but also wanted the Disk Performance Stats.  One needs SNMP and one needs WMI.  At least set the options for each section rather than globally on a node.

Level 12

I don't think I would need to use it often, but it would be nice to have the option. I would think that performance would come into play at certain points, being that WMI consumes about 5 times more resources than SNMP, and now you would be combining them into a single poll. But it could have some advantages on a case by case basis.

Level 10

The idea would be to use SNMP for those items that it can efficiently return, & WMI for those that SNMP cannot do natively or accurately (Disk performance & Uptime among others). Also, having both methods defined would associate a valid Windows account with the node. This would mean that Node Management options such as Service restarts, would run without stopping & requesting a credential. Also, those of us that want disk performance stats, would not need to add application monitors to every node nor install SNMP Informant on every node, because WMI monitoring configures Disk Performance gathering automatically.

Level 12

Thats a good shout... a sort of polling order SNMP, failing back to WMI for things that SNMP cant get?  It might take longer to poll a node but should keep the resource requirement to a minimum.  I have a SAM template for disk IO but I would like to use the new Charts as it integrates better into the rest of the performance charts (cpu, mem, network etc).

Level 20

I need snmp only badly so nodes can be green behind firewalls which will never allow icmp to pass them.  The areas aren't big enough to justify putting a poller in there by itself.  As it is now all of these nodes I monitor are red down all the time according to NPM even though everything else about them is fine except for lack lack echo return.

Level 8

This has got to change soon!  On a Dell, SNMP allows you to monitor all hardware stats.  However WMI limits you from seeing 'DISK' 'INTRUSION' 'BATTERY' and 'ARRAY'.  WMI is good because it has the disk IOPS, and SNMP does not.  C'mon man!  There's got to be a better way to get it all.

Ecklerw1>> sounds like a new request for modifying the way NPM tells whether a system is UP or DOWN would be what you need.  I would like this too so if you setup the feature request, I'll vote on it for sure.

Level 20

I think it will fall under this because snmp only would allow the node to be green without icmp :^}

Level 10

I see this as a requirement, mainly due to the fact that Microsoft will be getting rid of the SNMP Agent after Windows Server 2012 and we would then need the alternative WMI as an option when adding Windows nodes to SolarWinds.

Level 13

With my current client, this is showing how needed this feature is.  We have to use a variety of credentials but where we are suffering the most is physical sql servers.  We want to use SNMP to get the topology but need to use WMI to get windows mount points and disk queue lengths.  Bump this one up!