I know Solarwinds offers products that are more focused on application monitoring, but we arent licensed for that. Only Orion -which we use to monitor the network. We're hoping to leverage the API (which will be new for us) to create a dashboard in Orion that will be able to report on the status of server applications based on service state). Is this possible? Practical?
With only NPM, your options are limited. If you can somehow query the service status over SNMP, you could use the “universal device poker” feature to monitor the status and build a dashboard around that. But really SAM is a
better tool for this job. </sales>