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Security Manager architecture

The diagram below illustrates the Security Manager architecture. Consider these components in the context of your architecture when you plan your deployment and assess your antivirus needs.

The components are described in the table below. For detailed information on SolarWinds N-central security as a whole, see the SolarWinds N-central Security Statement online in the SolarWinds MSP Resource Center under Documentation.

Description of components



SolarWinds N-central Server

The central monitoring solution where all monitored data is aggregated and processed.

SolarWinds N-centralProbe

The probe is used to cache the AV Defender installer which is then passed to the agent for installation.

SolarWinds N-central Agent

The agent is used to monitor the Endpoint Client.

Endpoint Client

The AV Defender software, providing robust virus protection, including signature-based detection and behavioral analysis for protection against zero-day threats.

Update Server

AV Defender software installed on the probe server. This server caches product and signature updates for distribution to endpoints on your local area network. While not mandatory, using an update server will reduce demand on network resources.

When installing Security Manager on devices, you have the option to select the Best Available update server. This may be the first server to respond. When you have multiple update servers, the server that answers first may not be the closest on the network. It is possible to see traffic cross from other sites to devices. Assigning update servers per-site is the only way around this other than blocking server access through firewall policies.

AV Defender

For AV Defender itself, ensure that you are running a supported operating system.