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Specify the Java installation that DPA uses (Windows)

Updated January 16, 2019


By default, DPA ships with and uses a version of OpenJDK. However, you can choose to use a different supported Java installation. (See the system requirements for your DPA version for the currently supported Java version.) 


This article provides instructions for using a different Java installation when DPA is installed on a Windows server. If DPA is installed on a Linux server, see Specify the Java installation that DPA uses (Linux).


  • DPA installed on a Windows server, all versions




  1. Determine the location of the Java executable file (java.exe) that you want DPA to use.
  2. Open this file:
    C:\Program Files\SolarWinds\DPA\iwc\tomcat\ignite_config\java_loc.txt
  3. Locate the line with the full path to the Java executable file. For example:
    C:\Program Files\SolarWinds\DPA\iwc\jre\bin\java.exe
  4. Update the line to point to the full path of the new Java executable file, and save the file.
  5. Remove the DPA Windows Service:
    1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Solarwinds\DPA.
    2. Execute the removeWindowsService.bat file
  6. Re-add the DPA Windows Service:
    1. Execute the createWindowsService.bat file
  7. To confirm that DPA is using the new Java executable file:
    1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\SolarWinds\DPA\iwc\tomcat\bin.
    2. Execute IgnitePIw.exe and click the Java tab. The Java Virtual Machine option should point to the same directory as the new Java executable file:


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