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Stand-alone IPAM installation

Updated: June 1, 2017

This Installation Guide only applies to older versions of IP Address Manager. If you are installing IPAM 4.5.1 or later, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer installation steps instead.


Before you install, size your environment. When you properly size your SolarWinds environment, you ensure that the system has enough capability to meet your monitoring needs.

Use the following table to size your SolarWinds environment. If you are deploying multiple SolarWinds Orion products, refer to the SolarWinds Orion Multiple Product Installation Guide.


Server sizing is impacted by:

  • Number of monitored elements: An element is a component monitor, a node, interface or volume.
  • Polling frequency: SolarWinds Orion Platform regularly polls devices to collect data and determine status. If you collect statistics more often than the default 5 minute polling rate, system requirements will increase
  • Number of simultaneous users: Add 1 GB of RAM for every 25 simultaneous users.


IPAM is licensed in accordance with the number of IP addresses you manage in one of three statuses: Used, Reserved, and Transient. Unused IP addresses do not count towards the managed IP address count. IPAM licensing count is the same for IPv4 and IPv6.

The following license are available:

License Number of managed IP addresses DHCP and DNS nodes
IP1000 Up to 1024 1000 Nodes
IP4000 Up to 4096 4000 Nodes
IP16000 Up to 16384 16000 Nodes
IPX Unlimited Unlimited Nodes

SolarWinds does not recommend managing more than 1 million addresses per installation.

Orion installation pre-flight checklist

Before installing IPAM, complete the pre-installation checklist below. This checklist helps you:

  • Verify that system requirements are met, all required software is installed, and required roles and features are enabled.
  • Gather the information required to complete the installation.
Review release notes Review product release notes and available documentation in our Success Center.
Review system requirements

Make sure your environment has all of the required hardware, software, and database needs for your installations.

  • If you are installing into an existing Orion Platform installation, confirm that your environment meets the system requirements.
  • If this is the first Orion Platform product that you are installing, ensure that your environment meets the system requirements listed at the top of this page.
Prepare product licenses Review your current product licenses and determine if you need to make any changes. You can download any updated license keys through your Customer Portal. If you need to modify your licenses, contact your SolarWinds account manager or SolarWinds.
Gather credentials

Make sure you have all account credentials, SQL database credentials, your SolarWinds account, and local admin server credentials.

Use the Local Administrator Account for installation. 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.

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

Schedule the installation

Set up the maintenance window, preferably during off-peak hours. Depending on the number of products, size of database(s), and size of environment, you may need hours to complete your installation.

Installations in an existing Orion Platform environment require polling engines and SolarWinds services to be offline for a length of time, causing you to lose a portion of polling data.

Notify your company Send a message to your company of the installation schedule and maintenance window. If you need additional help, contact and allocate specific staff to be available.


Prepare the Orion environment

As part of your preflight, prepare the Orion environment:

1. Build the environment Prepare the servers based on your deployment size and system requirements.
2. Run all OS updates Before installation, check for and run all OS updates on all servers. As you install, if an OS update runs, your system may reboot as needed. These include Microsoft Windows, Linux, and others as specified in requirements.
3. Backup existing database If installing with an existing database, back up the database. If you need help, please check your vendor's site for documentation and instructions. If you have your database on a VM, create a snapshot or copy of your VM.
4. Open ports according to requirements For your server ports and firewall, open ports according to system requirements. SolarWinds uses these ports to send and receive data.
5. 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 SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2012 R2, exclude C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\. For a full list of antivirus exclusions, see Files and directories to exclude from antivirus scanning.

Do not exclude executable files. SolarWinds assumes that C:\ is the default volume.

Install IPAM

The steps below are for a stand-alone installation of IPAM.

Upgrade additional Orion pollers or Web Consoles at the same time you update your Orion server.

  1. Log in as an administrator to the server on which you are installing SolarWinds IPAM.

    Back up your database before you perform an upgrade.

  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file and launch the executable.
  3. Click Next on the Welcome window.

    The system scans the environment to ensure that the system requirements are met. If your system is not compatible, the installer provides a link to the resolution. After the compatibility issue is resolved, run the installation again.

  4. Accept the terms in the license agreement.
  5. Click Next, and click Finish.
  6. Click Enter Licensing Information.
  7. If the computer on which you installed IPAM is connected to the internet, complete the following procedure.
    1. Click I want to activate my license over the Internet.
    2. Browse to the SolarWinds Customer Portal and log in with your customer ID and password.
    3. Copy your IPAM Activation Key to the clipboard and then paste it into the Activation Key field on the Activate IPAM window.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Enter your contact information.
    6. If you use a proxy server to access the Internet, select Proxy Server and enter the proxy address and port number.
    7. Click Next.
  8. After the Orion IP Address Manager Setup wizard completes, click Finish.
  9. If the Configuration wizard does not start automatically, click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Configuration Wizard.
  10. Review the welcome text, and click Next.
  11. Select the services to install in the Service Settings window, and click Next.
  12. Click Finish after the Orion Configuration wizard completes the installation.

Activate your license

After you install IPAM, you must activate your license. Activated licenses are automatically assigned to a server that needs a license. If there are more licenses than installed servers, the extra licenses remain unassigned. You can change the license assignment.

Add and activate the license key from the Customer Portal.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  2. Click Activate.

    If you license your product before you install it, click Add/Upgrade License.

  3. Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information, and click Activate.

The license type, the expiration date, the assigned server, and the license key are displayed in the License Manager.

If you do not have access to the Internet, see Activate licenses offline.

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