6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 26, 2018 12:01 PM by saw10

    NPM and Agent

    saw10

      I have NPM in my environment and not SAM.  We use our Orion Environment for Network Infrastructure Management.
      I do understand that with the agent that the NetPath feature becomes available.

       

      My problem is that I loss any interface monitoring on a device where the agent is used.

       

      So here are my questions -

      1. Have I miss configured the Agent in that it is not providing interface information?
      2. Within an NPM environment what is gained by using the Agent?

       

      Thank You for your time and help

        • Re: NPM and Agent
          Raul Gonzalez

          Hi

           

          NPM does not allow you to monitor interfaces from servers unless you monitor those servers using SNMP. Therefore, using WMI or the agent to monitor servers if you only have NPM will not allow you to monitor interfaces.

           

          Using the agent allows you to:

          • Get more information from servers, if SAM is also installed:
            • Disk performance
            • OS patches
            • Incoming connections
          • Solve communication issues if you were using WMI (random ports, NAT incompatibility, bandwitdh, latency sensitive)
          • Netpath probes
          • Quality of experience

           

          Raul Gonzalez

          Prosperon - UK SolarWinds Partners

          Installation | Consultancy | Training | Licenses

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            • Re: NPM and Agent
              saw10

              So unless I need a server to be a NetPath source there is no real use of the agent when in an NPM only environment?

                • Re: NPM and Agent
                  Raul Gonzalez

                  kind of, unless you can't use WMI and don't want to use SNMP. You still need the agent to monitor QoE though.

                   

                  Raul Gonzalez

                  Prosperon - UK SolarWinds Partners

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                  • Re: NPM and Agent
                    d09h

                    Comparison of Windows agent versus agentless - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support

                     

                       

                           

                                Comparison of Windows agent versus agentless
                           

                     

                       

                           

                           
                       

                           
                                   

                    Updated July 11, 2018

                    Overview

                     

                    The following table displays a comparison of which features are available for the Windows agent versus agentless.

                                                       
                               

                    Please note that some of
                    the features listed below will vary depending on which Orion Platform
                    Modules are installed within your environment & also which versions
                    of each Orion application is running

                               

                     

                               

                    For Example:

                               

                    NPM supports polling via
                    WMI, SNMP and agent. However, interface polling via WMI and Agent is
                    not supported unless you have SAM license.  You will have to use SNMP as
                    a node polling method to obtain interfaces' data in an NPM only
                    installation.

                               

                    For more info please  refer to Polling methods used by Orion

                               

                    Environment

                         
                    • SolarWinds Orion Platform products using Orion Core 2016.2 and later

                    Detail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                               

                    Windows agent

                               
                               

                    Windows agentless - WMI

                               
                               

                    Windows agentless - SNMP

                               
                    1Node Name/CaptionYesYesYes
                    2Node StatusYesYesYes
                    3Response Time/Latency (ICMP)YesYesYes
                    4Response Time/Latency (SNMP)NoNoYes
                    5Response Time/Latency (Agent)YesNoNo
                    6Packet LossYesYesYes
                    7IP AddressesYesYesYes
                    8IP Address Type (IPv4 or IPv6)YesYesYes
                    9Machine TypeYesYesYes
                    10DNS NameYesYesYes
                    11DescriptionYesYesYes
                    12LocationYesYesYes
                    13ContactNoNoYes
                    14Last BootYesYesYes
                    15Number of CPUsYesYesYes
                    16CPU UsageYesYesYes
                    17Individual CPU Core UsageYesYesYes
                    18Memory UsageYesYesYes
                    19Total MemoryYesYesYes
                    20VendorYesYesYes
                    21AvailabilityYesYesYes
                    22Quality of Experience (QoE)YesYesYes
                    23Universal Device PollerNoNoYes
                    24Device Studio/Custom PollersNoNoYes
                    25VMware Virtualization Monitoring (Basic)YesYesYes
                    26Hyper-V Virtualization Monitoring (Basic)YesYesNo
                    27Hardware HealthYesYesYes
                    28Asset InventoryYesYesYes
                    29Real-Time Process ExplorerYesYesYes
                    30PerfStack Real-Time PollingNoYesYes
                    31Web-based SSH ClientPartial*Partial*Partial*
                    32Network Interface Monitoring - SAMYesYesNo
                    33Network Interface Monitoring - NPMNoNoYes
                    34Real-Time Service ManagerYesYesYes
                    35Real-Time Event Log ViewerYesYesYes
                    36RebootYesYesNo
                    37RoutingNoNoYes
                    38TopologyNoNoYes
                    39Linux Load AverageNoNoNo
                    40Volume NameYesYesYes
                    41Volume StatusYesYesYes
                    42Volume TypeYesYesYes
                    43Volume SizeYesYesYes
                    44Volume Space UsedYesYesYes
                    45Volume Space AvailableYesYesYes
                    46Volume Percent UsedYesYesYes
                    47Volume Allocation FailuresNoNoYes
                    48Volume Avg. Disk sec/Transfer (Latency)YesYesNo
                    49Volume Disk queue lengthYesYesNo
                    50Volume Read I/OYesYesNo
                    51Volume Write I/OYesYesNo
                    52Volume Total IOPSYesYesNo
                    53AppInsight for IISYesYesNo
                    54AppInsight for ExchangeYesYesNo
                    55AppInsight for SQLYesYesYes
                    56DHCP User Experience MonitorNoYesYes
                    57Directory Size MonitorYesYesYes
                    58DNS Monitor - TCPYesYesYes
                    59DNS Monitor - UDPYesYesYes
                    60DNS User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    61Download Speed MonitorYesYesYes
                    62Exchange Web Services UX MonitorYesYesYes
                    63File Age MonitorYesYesYes
                    64File Change MonitorYesYesYes
                    65File Count MonitorYesYesYes
                    66File Existence MonitorYesYesYes
                    67File Size MonitorYesYesYes
                    68FTP MonitorYesYesYes
                    69FTP User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    70HTTP Form Login MonitorYesYesYes
                    71HTTP MonitorYesYesYes
                    72HTTPS MonitorYesYesYes
                    73IMAP4 MonitorYesYesYes
                    74IMAP4 User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    75JMX MonitorNoYesYes
                    76LDAP User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    77Linux/Unix Script MonitorN/AN/AN/A
                    78MAPI User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    79Nagios Script MonitorNoNoNo
                    80NNTP MonitorYesYesYes
                    81ODBC User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    82Oracle User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    83Performance Counter MonitorYesYesYes
                    84POP3 MonitorYesYesYes
                    85POP3 User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    86Process MonitorYesYesYes
                    87Process Monitor - WindowsYesYesYes
                    88RADIUS User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    89Service Status - SNMPNoNoYes
                    90SMTP MonitorYesYesYes
                    91SNMP MonitorNoNoYes
                    92SOAP MonitorYesYesYes
                    93SQL Server User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    94SSL Certificate Expiration Date MonitorYesYesYes
                    95TACACS+ User Experience MonitorYesYesYes
                    96TCP Port MonitorYesYesYes
                    97Tomcat Server MonitorYesYesYes
                    98VMware Performance Counter MonitorYesYesYes
                    99Web Link MonitorYesYesYes
                    100Windows Event Log MonitorYesYesYes
                    101Windows PowerShell MonitorYesYesYes
                    102Windows Script MonitorYesPartial*Partial*
                    103Windows Service MonitorYesYesYes
                    104WMI MonitorYesYesYes
                    105Application Dependencies (with SAM 6.0 and later)YesNoNo
                    106Push Deployment - Add NodeYesN/AN/A
                    107Mass Deployment - Push from WebYesN/AN/A
                    108Manual InstallationYesN/AN/A
                    109Pull Deployment - wget/curl/etc.NoN/AN/A
                    110Mass Deployment - GPO/MSIYesN/AN/A
                    111Mass Deployment - Puppet/ChefNoN/AN/A
                    112Deployment via RepositoryNoN/AN/A

                     

                                                                                                                                                                                           
                    CellDetail
                    31: Agent"Partial" assumes the Orion Server
                    or Additional Polling Engine (APE) the node is associated with has
                    routable connectivity to the agent-managed node and that the Windows
                    node is running an SSH Daemon, such as freeSSHd. The
                    Web Based SSH Client communicates over TCP Port 22 from the Orion
                    Server or APE to the selected node and does not utilize the agent
                    communications channel. The Windows Operating System also does not
                    include a native out-of-the-box SSH Server. Windows however, does
                    provide an unencrypted Telnet service  for similar functionality. Unfortunately, Orion's Web Based SSH client does not support Telnet at this time.
                    31: WMI, SNMP"Partial" assumes the Windows node is running an SSH Daemon, such as freeSSHd.
                    The Windows Operating System does not include a native out-of-the-box
                    SSH Server. Windows however, does provide an unencrypted Telnet service for similar functionality. Unfortunately, Orion's Web Based SSH client does not support Telnet at this time.
                    102: WMI, SNMPWindows Script Monitors run against
                    SNMP or WMI managed nodes and execute locally on the Orion Server or
                    Additional Poller through which the node is managed. These Windows
                    Scripts do not execute on the managed node itself. To execute Windows
                    Scripts on the node being managed, users must install the Orion Agent or
                    rewrite their script in PowerShell utilizing WinRM.

                     

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