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How do I get started with SolarWinds IPAM

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Updated: June 1, 2017

SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) uses ICMP and SNMP calls to collect details from devices on your network, track IP address use, and record IP addresses that are no longer in use. Use IPAM to plan for network growth, view available and used IP address space, and troubleshoot IP address conflicts.

IPAM automates IP address management to help you manage and monitor IP Address allocation, tracking, and alerting from a single Web Console.

IPAM administration features include:

  • Centralized IP address management
  • Unified DHCP and DNS management
  • Web-based reporting and alerting
  • Extended API support for IPV4

For information about IPAM administration features, see the IPAM Administrator Guide.

Use this guide to configure SolarWinds IPAM and your devices to manage and monitor your IP addresses.

Customers: Following the recommendations in this guide ensures your system capabilities are correct and your production environment is sized correctly. Minimum system requirements used during evaluation are not sufficient for a production environment. Access your licensed software from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. If you need any implementation help, contact our Support Team.

Evaluators: If you are evaluating SolarWinds IPAM, download a free 30-day evaluation. The evaluation version of SolarWinds IPAM is a full version of the product, functional for 30 days. After the evaluation period, you can convert your evaluation license to a production license. If you need assistance with your evaluation, contact

Getting started with SolarWinds IPAM involves the following tasks:


Install SolarWinds IPAM.

The SolarWinds IPAM Installation Guide lists the system requirements and provides instructions for downloading and installing the product.


Discover and configure your devices.

Use the Network Discovery wizard to outline your network, define credentials, discover network devices, and import discovered devices. Or use the Import wizard to manually import IP addresses and subnets.


Add discovered devices to SolarWinds IPAM.

Use the Network Sonar Results wizard to import network elements into the SolarWinds Orion database.


Add DNS and DHCP servers.

Integrate DHCP or DNS servers with IPAM to manage all of your servers through one interface.


Reserve an IP address in a DHCP scope.

Reserve IP addresses in a DHCP scope to ensure a device receives the same IP address every time your servers reboot.


Create a subnet group.

Create a subnet group to organize and manage a defined set of IP addresses.


Grant a user read and write access to a subnet.

Restrict user access to help maintain security without limiting your ability to delegate required network management activities.

Ensure your long term success with IPAM by following the guidelines described in this guide. Depending on your workload, getting started with IPAM should take you one week or less.

Read this SolarWinds Customer Support article to learn how to properly open a support case and get your case the right level of visibility.

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