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Launch SolarWinds DPA on Amazon AWS

Created by Interspire Import, last modified by Laura C on Aug 24, 2017

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Amazon Community AMIs let us easily provision software in Amazon Web Services with a few clicks and a few minutes. To use the SolarWinds DPA Community AMI in your own Amazon AWS, log on to your Amazon AWS account and follow along.

  1. Log on to Amazon AWS.
  2. Select the Amazon EC2 region in which you want to launch the instance. For example: US East (N. Virginia).

  3. Click EC2.
  4. Click Launch Instance.

  5. Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI):
    1. Click the Community AMI tab.
    2. Search for SolarWinds DPA and then click Select next to the AMI.

  6. Step 2: Choose an Instance Type
    1. Select an instance type that is at least m3.medium or larger. Instance types we recommend are:
      General Purpose Compute optimized Memory optimized
      m3.medium c3.large r3.large
      m3.large c3.xlarge  
      m3.xlarge c3.2xlarge  

      m3.medium is an economical choice and a logical instance type to start with. However, large deployments and managing very active databases need the increased resources and optimizations available to the larger instance types. You can select the size you need right now and then resize to a larger instance type later.
    2. Click Next: Configure Instance Details.
  7. Step 3: Configure Instance Details Type

    If you've used Amazon EC2 before, you probably already have an Amazon VPC network and subnet set up. Your existing network and subnet will be selected here by default.

    1. Make sure that:
      • You've enabled Auto-assign public IP so you can connect to SolarWinds DPA from your desktop.
      • You've configure any other settings to suit your network or subnet requirements.
    2. Click Next: Add Storage.
  8. Step 4: Add Storage
    1. You can configure additional storage beyond the default storage that the AMI provisions for you:
      Type Size
      Root 50 GiB
      EBS 100 GiB

      The Delete on Termination option is not selected by default. It is a good precautionary practice to have to separately delete the data volume after terminating an instance.
    2. Click Next: Tag Instance.
  9. Step 5: Tag Instance
    1. Create the tag Name with value SolarWinds DPA to more easily recognize your instance in Amazon EC2.
    2. Click Next: Configure Security Group
  10. Step 6: Configure Security Group
    1. Add rules that allow inbound access to at least the remote desktop and the HTTP/HTTPS ports:
      Type Protocol Port Range
      RDP TCP 3389
      HTTP TCP 80
      HTTPS TCP 443
    2. If you want to restrict access to DPA to just your current IP address, change the Source for these rules to My IP. Leaving Source as Anywhere is less secure.
    3. If you want to restrict access to DPA to just people in your organization, select Custom IP and specify an IP range in CIDR notation that matches the external IP addresses used in your organization.

    4. Click Review and Launch.
  11. Step 7: Review Instance Launch
    1. Review your instance options.
    2. Click Launch.
  12. Select an existing key pair or create a new key pair

    You now need to take care of the public key that provides security for your AMI instance. Do one of the following:

    1. Select Create a new key pair.
    2. Enter a Key pair name.
    3. Click Download Key Pair.
    4. Store this file in a secure and accessible location.

    1. Select Choose an existing key pair.
    2. Select a secure and accessible key pair.
    3. Accept the acknowledgment.
    Warning: Do not select Proceed without a key pair.
  13. Click Launch Instances.
  14. Wait a few minutes for the provisioning and initialization to finish.


Logging on to the SolarWinds DPA Server

You can access your SolarWinds DPA server with its public hostname or IP address.

  1. On the Amazon EC2 Instances page, find:
    • the public DNS or public IP of your new SolarWinds DPA server
    • the instance ID
  2. Open a web browser to the host name or IP address of your new SolarWinds DPA server.
  3. From the web browser, log on as the dpa user. The password is the Instance ID.
    For example: i-12345678
  4. (First time only) Select your time zone and then wait for the first-time configuration to finish.

Registering databases for monitoring


Your SolarWinds DPA server needs to be able to connect to the databases that you want to monitor. To this end, you need to make sure that the security group of your databases allows SQL traffic from your EC2 instance running SolarWinds DPA.

If you encounter difficulty connecting to databases or RDS instances from your SolarWinds DPA server, see SolarWinds DPA Technical Reference: Solving Amazon EC2 and RDS Connectivity Problems.

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15:15, 24 Aug 2017