Agent Deployment Tutorial – Simplifying Network Monitoring with ELM

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Are you tired of spending months setting up and configuring network monitoring systems? Look no further – ELM Enterprise Manager is here to save you time and simplify the monitoring of your network. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of deploying agents onto your systems with ELM. By the end of this tutorial, you will be proactively monitoring your servers and enjoying the benefits of streamlined network management.

Step 1: Installing ELM and Adding Agents

Once ELM is installed, the agent deployment wizard will guide you through the process of adding agents to your environment. You have multiple options for adding systems – you can add a system by name, search by active directory, import a properly formatted CSV file, or even use an IP range. Let’s start with a single system, “Sales Lab 2”. The wizard will automatically ping the system to check its availability.

Step 2: Scanning and Agent Mode Selection

Next, the scanning process will automatically identify the suggested agent mode, operating system, ports, and system availability. ELM will assign the new agent(s) to the proper categories based on its findings. For example, in this case, it has appropriately selected the “Windows Server” category. Don’t worry – if you want to create your own custom categories, you can do that too.

Step 3: Advanced Mode Configuration

Before proceeding, let’s explore the advanced mode where we can make further changes to the default installation options. In this mode, you can choose different agent modes, such as service agents for this demonstration. Other options include virtual mode for monitoring Windows servers remotely and IP virtual mode for monitoring network devices like firewalls.

For service agent deployments, you’ll need to specify a listening port. The default is port 1253, but you can change it for security or other reasons. Additionally, you can test the agent-server communication and specify the location and maximum size of the local cache for resiliency purposes.

Step 4: Assigning Licenses to Agents

Now it’s time to assign licenses to your agents. Each individual agent you deploy can have a different license assigned based on the system being monitored. In this example, we’ll assign a Class 1 core license to “Sales Lab 2” and a Class 1 systems license to “Sales Lab DB”. Class 1 licenses are specifically for Windows servers, while Class 2 licenses are for workstations and network devices. If you’re not sure which license to use, there’s a handy link to a license comparison page for guidance.

Step 5: Summary and Installation

Review the summary of your installation options, including the agent mode, license selection, and assigned categories for each server. Once you’re satisfied, click next to begin the agent installation process. Depending on your hardware, network, and the number of agents being deployed, this process may take some time. Be patient and let the installer run its course.

Step 6: Monitoring Your Servers

Congratulations! You have successfully deployed ELM agents and now you can see within the ELM console that your systems are being monitored. The all agents view displays the type of agents, version of ELM installed, and the license assigned to each agent. Your Windows servers are now being monitored by the designated monitoring items assigned to the Windows server category.


In just a matter of minutes, you have deployed ELM Enterprise Manager, without the need for rebooting or restarting. You are now collecting data and monitoring the health and status of your servers. Say goodbye to months of setup and configuration – ELM is here to simplify your network monitoring.

Explore more ELM tutorials
We encourage you to explore our other tutorial videos that cover a wide range of topics. Learn about creating notification methods, working with event views, and how to assign reports. Our tutorials offer useful tips and tricks to enhance your network monitoring experience with ELM.

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