How SolarWinds N-central uses WMI
SolarWinds N-central uses WMI in two ways:
- it gathers data about Windows devices during a network discovery or when a Windows agent is installed
- it monitors the health and performance of Windows devices
WMI and Network Discovery
SolarWinds N-central uses WMI when a Windows probe does a discovery of a network, or when a Windows agent is installed on a device. The Windows probe and Windows agent use WMI to gather asset data, such as the operating system, number of hard drives, make/model, serial numbers, and amount of RAM.
WMI and Monitoring
The Windows probe and Windows agent use WMI to monitor the health and performance of devices. This includes hardware metrics such as CPU usage, memory usage, and disk usage, as well as software metrics such as the performance of an Exchange or Active Directory server.
SolarWinds N-central SDK
In addition to the many stock WMI-based services, if you host your own SolarWinds N-central server, you can use the SolarWinds N-central SDK to create customized WMI-based services that monitor applications, the Windows OS itself, or other important information on Windows devices.
The SolarWinds N-central SDK is available for download from the N-able Resource Center at https://nrc.n-able.com/support/SoftwareDownloads/Pages/N-centralSDK30SP1.aspx.