Server Configuration Monitor Detect and compare configuration changes to your servers, databases, and applications

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Key Features

  • Features Overview
  • Track server and application changes
  • Monitor databases for unauthorized changes
  • Correlate configuration changes to performance
  • Manage scripts and monitor output changes
  • Hardware and software inventory tracking
  • Orion Platform Integration
  • Server Compliance Monitoring
  • Features Overview

    Learn how answering “what’s changed?” easily can help you.

    Improve Visibility and Team Accountability

    Don’t let unexpected or unauthorized configuration changes compromise your environment.

    Server Compliance Monitoring

    Quickly understand if config changes line up with an outage or performance issue.

    Simple, Integrated Experience

    Get a unified experience with other SolarWinds systems, servers, and network management products.

    Affordable

    Simple-to-understand, affordable licensing allows you to fully support multiple projects.

  • Track server and application changes

    Get alerted when configurations change.

    System and application configurations are changing constantly. Some changes are necessary and authorized, while others may be malicious or done outside normal processes. One thing they all have in common is they’re often the cause of outages, performance issues, or vulnerabilities. However, knowing when these changes took place and who made the change without a configuration change monitoring tool is nearly impossible.

    SolarWinds® Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) is designed to track and alert you when system and application configs change from a user-defined baseline or their last configuration. With agent-based monitoring on Windows and Linux devices and applications, you’ll see changes in near real time and who made changes to files and the registry.

  • Monitor databases for unauthorized changes

    Know quickly when your database configuration changes

    Your databases are mostly behind the scenes, but they’re critical to keeping your business running. SCM monitors for configuration changes to this infrastructure, and changes to user permissions and schemas.

  • Correlate configuration changes to performance

    Know if config changes are helping or hurting performance.

    When a server is down or performing poorly, the change data collected by Server Configuration Monitor can be combined with the performance, health, and availability metrics collected by other Orion® Platform-based modules in a single visual timeline via PerfStack. The combination of these two sets of data allows you to easily see if an application or server configuration change was the source of a performance issue or outage.

  • Manage scripts and monitor output changes

    Enhance change auditing capabilities by monitoring script outputs.

    Homegrown scripts provide valuable insight into your organizations systems and applications. With SCM, you can centrally manage scripts, distribute those scripts to servers in your environment, and then track and alert on changes to the entire output of those scripts. Essentially expanding your change monitoring capacity to the level of your scripting prowess.

  • Hardware and software inventory tracking

    View and report on hardware and software inventories.

    Gain better control of your hardware and software inventory with Server Configuration Monitor’s asset inventory tool. It’s designed to provide you with an up-to-date list of your hardware and software assets.

  • Orion Platform Integration

    Unified infrastructure and change auditing.

    Built on the Orion Platform, Server Configuration Monitor has direct access and integration with other enterprise level features and datasets.

  • Server Compliance Monitoring

    Automation of compliance policy monitoring for device, server, and application configuration against a benchmark

    Each rule reads a configuration from a file, device, command, registry setting, etc.; pulls the needed information; evaluates it against the benchmark; and returns pass, fail, or unknown.

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Key Features

Features Overview Learn how answering “what’s changed?” easily can help you.
Track server and application changes

Get alerted when configurations change.

System and application configurations are changing constantly. Some changes are necessary and authorized, while others may be malicious or done outside normal processes. One thing they all have in common is they’re often the cause of outages, performance issues, or vulnerabilities. However, knowing when these changes took place and who made the change without a configuration change monitoring tool is nearly impossible.

SolarWinds® Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) is designed to track and alert you when system and application configs change from a user-defined baseline or their last configuration. With agent-based monitoring on Windows and Linux devices and applications, you’ll see changes in near real time and who made changes to files and the registry.

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Monitor databases for unauthorized changes

Know quickly when your database configuration changes

Your databases are mostly behind the scenes, but they’re critical to keeping your business running. SCM monitors for configuration changes to this infrastructure, and changes to user permissions and schemas.

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Correlate configuration changes to performance

Know if config changes are helping or hurting performance.

When a server is down or performing poorly, the change data collected by Server Configuration Monitor can be combined with the performance, health, and availability metrics collected by other Orion® Platform-based modules in a single visual timeline via PerfStack. The combination of these two sets of data allows you to easily see if an application or server configuration change was the source of a performance issue or outage.

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Manage scripts and monitor output changes

Enhance change auditing capabilities by monitoring script outputs.

Homegrown scripts provide valuable insight into your organizations systems and applications. With SCM, you can centrally manage scripts, distribute those scripts to servers in your environment, and then track and alert on changes to the entire output of those scripts. Essentially expanding your change monitoring capacity to the level of your scripting prowess.

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Hardware and software inventory tracking

View and report on hardware and software inventories.

Gain better control of your hardware and software inventory with Server Configuration Monitor’s asset inventory tool. It’s designed to provide you with an up-to-date list of your hardware and software assets.

Close Feature
Orion Platform Integration

Unified infrastructure and change auditing.

Built on the Orion Platform, Server Configuration Monitor has direct access and integration with other enterprise level features and datasets.

Close Feature
Server Compliance Monitoring

Automation of compliance policy monitoring for device, server, and application configuration against a benchmark

Each rule reads a configuration from a file, device, command, registry setting, etc.; pulls the needed information; evaluates it against the benchmark; and returns pass, fail, or unknown.
Close Feature

Server Configuration Monitor is a part of the SolarWinds Orion® Platform.

Change the way you think about IT. SolarWinds delivers central visibility and control through a tightly integrated experience.

One vendor. One platform. One single pane of glass.

  • Get notified if configuration changes impact system and application availability or performance by pairing SolarWinds® Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM).

  • Use PerfStack to correlate database changes in SCM with the response time measured by SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) to help identify whether performance issues were caused by configuration changes.

  • Gain visibility into configuration changes and policy compliance across your infrastructure by combining SCM and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).
Explore How Server Configuration Monitor Integrates with Orion
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FAQ: Questions, meet answers.

  • How is Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) licensed?
    Straightforward licensing

    SCM is licensed by the number of nodes that will be monitored. A node is defined as a server, virtual machine, virtual host, or OS instance.

  • What kind of changes can be monitored?
    Change Monitoring for Windows and Linux.

    Server Configuration Monitor supports change monitoring for both Windows and Linux servers and applications.

    Change Monitoring Capabilities Windows Linux
    Hardware
    Software
    Binary Files
    Text Files
    PowerShell Script Outputs
    Python Script Outputs
    Bash Script Outputs
    Windows Registry N/A
    Linux Packages N/A

  • Does SCM integrate with other products?
    Built on the Orion Platform

    SCM is built on Orion, so it can integrate with Server & Application Monitor (SAM), allowing you to correlate change configuration to performance.

  • What monitoring profiles does SCM come with and how do I get more?
    Get out-of-the-box profiles or create custom profiles.

    Server Configuration Monitor comes with out-of-the-box profiles made to monitor hardware and software configuration changes, changes to IIS, changes to sensitive files and groups in Linux, and changes to Linux files impacting operations.

    Additionally, you can monitor other files, directories, or configurations with custom built profiles. The ability to monitor script output changes for PowerShell, Python, and Bash means the profiles you can build are only limited to your scripting abilities or those you can find online. Check out the SCM THWACK® forum for profiles written by members of the community.

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