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How do I get started with DPA?

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Welcome to the Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) Getting Started Guide.

To learn about performance monitoring with DPA, SolarWinds recommends that you complete the following tasks:


Install DPA and create the database repository.

See the DPA Installation Guide for system requirements, planning checklists, gotchas, and installation instructions.

To upgrade an existing installation, see the DPA Upgrade Guide.


Register the instances you want to monitor.


Allocate a license to each instance.


Investigate performance issues.

Learn about the DPA approach to monitoring. Then walk through an example of investigating an application performance issue.


Set up alerts to monitor database performance.


Create reports to track the results of your tuning and share your progress with others.

checkbox.gif Integrate DPA with the Orion Platform.

When you have finished this guide, see Beyond Getting Started with DPA for information about other DPA functionality.

Existing customers: Access your licensed software from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. If you need any implementation help, contact our Support Reps.

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