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Best Off-Label Uses for Solarwinds Products

Solarwinds has awesome tools for monitoring and managing your environment, it's true, but anyone given tools capable of doing things will find things for them to do.

  • SAM can monitor anything, but what's the weirdest thing you've made it monitor?
  • We had an SE create a WPM transaction to order a sandwich from Jimmy Johns: push a button, get a sandwich!  What could you use WPM for?
  • Create a game like NCM Roulette: every [time interval] have NCM pick a random device, pick a random port, and shut that port down!  Or change a VLAN tag!  Fun for all ages?

Anyway, any off-kilter-but-clever (or not so clever) uses of the Solarwinds products in your environment?

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  • I think it was in 2013 I watched a SolarWinds Lab on when the office moved and Patrick and Lawrence gave a tour. They talked about how they made everything in the data center SNMP-enabled for monitoring. Specifically the Power, they setup monitoring for hotspots, utilization, etc. This hot me thinking...

    My company has horrendous issues with power, especially in the remote warehouses. Sure, we have rackmountable UPS'es, but how many times have I visited locations and the UPS faceplate is showing all red lights, or the UPS is turned off because, "it was making this loud beep". So we used NPM/SAM to monitor the UPS'es, via SNMPwalk, for utilization, battery life, battery health,and battery output and theoretical capabilities. Also, we would prevent the technicians from leaving if they did not reset the " install date " in the UPS for when they installed them because we monitored for that too. Eaton, APC, Tripp, others... you name it.

    Also, pure DAM for Tomcat on MS Windows. That app is so klugey we have to monitor service, port, return script, process, process utilization, and others. It drives us nuts!!!

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  • I think it was in 2013 I watched a SolarWinds Lab on when the office moved and Patrick and Lawrence gave a tour. They talked about how they made everything in the data center SNMP-enabled for monitoring. Specifically the Power, they setup monitoring for hotspots, utilization, etc. This hot me thinking...

    My company has horrendous issues with power, especially in the remote warehouses. Sure, we have rackmountable UPS'es, but how many times have I visited locations and the UPS faceplate is showing all red lights, or the UPS is turned off because, "it was making this loud beep". So we used NPM/SAM to monitor the UPS'es, via SNMPwalk, for utilization, battery life, battery health,and battery output and theoretical capabilities. Also, we would prevent the technicians from leaving if they did not reset the " install date " in the UPS for when they installed them because we monitored for that too. Eaton, APC, Tripp, others... you name it.

    Also, pure DAM for Tomcat on MS Windows. That app is so klugey we have to monitor service, port, return script, process, process utilization, and others. It drives us nuts!!!

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