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DameWare Central Server database migration/reinstallation

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Created by Marlo Bidayan, last modified by Kevin.Swinson on Nov 13, 2017

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Updated October 23rd, 2017 


This article provides steps to migrate or reinstall the Dameware Central Server database. Follow these steps when:

  • You have forgotten the administrator password and lost access to the console
  • You want to migrate the Central Server to another machine or repair the central server.


All Dameware Central server (DRS and MRC) versions


  1. Stop the Dameware Central Server service.
  2. Create a backup and remove the SolarWinds database (DameWareDB.sdf) from the current directory.
  3. Reinstall the application on top of the existing instance. This creates a fresh copy of the database.
  4. Copy the database again back into the directory.
  5. Run the Configuration Wizard. Everything will be red
  6. Click the Turn Off button and click it again to turn back on. The modules should be green and the service has been started by that same procedure.
  7. Test your connections and functionality.


If you have forgotten the administrator password or lost access to the Administration Console:

  1. Download CompactView - SQL Compact editor.
  2. Open the database.
  3. Select the account that to be used as a replacement administrator in CentralServer_LicensedUsers:



  1. Disable read-only to allow editing.
  2. Locate and select IsAdmin column.
  3. Click File > Close database. The selected users should now be the Administrator for the application console.


Note: Do not just close the application or the changes might not apply. 


Screenshots property of © 2017 compactview.


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