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DPA installation preflight checklist

Updated: July 6, 2017

Before installing SolarWinds DPA, complete the pre-installation checklists below. These checklists help you:

  • Obtain the required credentials.
  • Verify that system requirements are met.
  • Prepare your environment.

Plan for the installation

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 1. Review release notes. Review Database Performance Analyzer release notes in the Success Center.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 2. Identify the server where DPA will be installed.

Make sure the server:

  • Is powerful enough to handle the load of the potential number of monitored database instances that you will register. See the DPA server requirements.
  • Has network connectivity to the DPA repository and each of the monitored database instances that you will register. DPA can be installed on the same server as the repository instance, although it is not required or recommended.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 3. Identify or install the repository database.

Make sure:

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 4. Create a Customer Portal account.

To download SolarWinds products and licenses, you need a SolarWinds Customer Portal account. To create your SolarWinds account, see Access the Customer Portal.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 5. Obtain admin credentials for the DPA server.

SolarWinds recommends using the Local Administrator Account for installation. Make sure you have local admin server credentials for the DPA server.

The Local Administrator Account is not the same as a domain account with local admin rights. A domain account is subject to your domain group policies.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 6. Schedule the installation. Set up the maintenance window, preferably during off-peak hours.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 7. Notify your company. Send a message to your company about the installation schedule and maintenance window. If you need additional help, contact and allocate staff to be available.

Prepare the environment

Before installation, prepare the SolarWinds environment:

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 1. Build the environment. Prepare the servers based on your deployment size and system requirements.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 2. Run all OS updates.

Before installation, run all OS updates on all servers. As you install, if an OS update runs, your system may reboot and require you to restart the installation process. These include Microsoft Windows, Linux, and others as specified in requirements.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 3. Open ports according to requirements. For your server ports and firewall, open the required ports. DPA uses these ports to send and receive data.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/DPA/DPA_Installation_Guide/DPA_Installation_Guide/0060-Unistall_DPA/checkbox.gif 4. Check for antivirus software.

Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server or servers where you plan to install. To ensure the installation goes smoothly, exclude the DPA directory. On Windows, the default DPA directory is:

C:\Program Files\SolarWinds\DPA

Installation gotchas

If you are installing SolarWinds DPA on a Linux server, be sure to:

  • Set the JAVA_HOME variable.
  • Make sure the installation path has read, write, and execute permissions.

Next steps

Start the installation. 

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