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Solarwinds Server Configuration Monitor
Detect, alert, and track configuration changes to servers, applications, and databases.

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Detect and compare configuration changes to your servers, databases, and applications

In modern IT environments, making configuration changes is easy, but tracking them and their impact is hard. Even with the best change control processes, it’s often impossible to control all the configuration changes happening to your infrastructure. And when configurations start to drift, the problems start—outages, slowdowns, security breaches, and compliance violations. SolarWinds® Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) is designed to quickly reveal when server, application, or database configurations change, who’s changing them, what changed, and performance impact—helping you have the necessary visibility to troubleshoot faster, improve security, and demonstrate compliance.

Server Configuration Monitor At A Glance

  • Detect, alert, and report on changes with hardware inventory, registry entries, binary and text files, software inventory, IIS configuration files, and script outputs
  • Operationalize compliance monitoring for server configurations
  • Capture and track who made configuration changes
  • Compare current configurations against a baseline or between two points in time
  • Correlate configuration changes with network and application performance
  • Automatically detect infrastructure eligible for monitoring
  • View and report on hardware and software inventories
  • Integrates natively with other SolarWinds modules built on the Orion® Platform
  • Affordable and simple licensing based on the number of devices monitored

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.


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


Real-Time Detection and Tracking of System and Application Changes
Systems and applications are changing all the time. Continuously tracking all these changes is vital to the availability and performance of your services, and manual tracking is practically impossible. SCM can keep an eye on your system and application configurations, automatically logging changes, and alerting you when they have occurred.

Keep a Closer Watch on Your Databases
Your databases are mostly behind the scenes but are critical to keeping your business running. SCM monitors for configuration changes to this infrastructure and changes to user permissions and schemas.

Operationalize Your Compliance Policy Monitoring
Monitoring your server configurations against compliance policies can be cumbersome. With adding a policy engine, out-of-the box policies for DISA STIG, and new alerts and reports for compliance policies, SCM can help operationalize compliance monitoring.

Discover Changes Made Offline
SCM is an agent-based monitoring solution, meaning it can catch configuration changes even when the server is disconnected from the network. Once it’s online again, the agent alerts you to changes.

Compare Configuration Changes Over Time
Trying to determine what’s different between two configuration versions is difficult. With SCM, you can stop the tedious “stare and compare” and immediately see the exact changes in a single view. SCM also hides unchanged lines to make it easy to focus on what’s important.

Correlate Configuration Changes to Performance Metrics
The main purpose of any monitoring tool is the ability to pinpoint the root cause of the problem as soon as possible. When integrated with other Orion® Platform products, SCM allows you to correlate changes with availability and performance. If a server is slow due to a bad configuration change, you can find it and fix it quickly.

Manage Scripts and Monitor Changes to Their Output
Systems administrators rely on the power of custom scripts to report on critical data. With SCM, you can centrally manage PowerShell, Bash, and Python scripts for the servers in your environment and track and alert on changes to the output.

Manage Your Hardware and Software Inventory
Forget about using a spreadsheet for IT asset management. SCM automatically discovers your servers and application for you, keeping your hardware and software inventory information up to date.

Orion Platform Integration
SCM is built on the SolarWinds Orion Platform, providing full integration with our server, application, virtualization, storage, and network monitoring tools. All SolarWinds products based on the Orion Platform share the same user experience, powerful visualization, automatic mapping of relationships, versatile alerting engine, and robust reporting engine.

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.

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  • 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).



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

System Requirements:

Orion Platform products can be deployed on physical or virtual servers on-Orion Platform products can be deployed on physical or virtual servers on-premises or in the cloud. These products can also be deployed via the Azure or AWS marketplaces.
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SolarWinds SCM is licensed by the number of nodes. A node is defined as a server, virtual machine, virtual host, or OS instance. It doesn’t matter how many applications or databases run on the server, since the server itself is simply one node.

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
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.


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