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Install the LEM reports application

Updated: Jun 29, 2018

This article describes how to install the optional LEM reports application on either a separate server or on a workstation. The reports application allows you to produce over 200 standard and industry-specific reports.

Pick a suitable host for the reports application

You can install the LEM reports application on as many servers and workstations as you require. Install the LEM reports application on a system that runs overnight. This is important because the daily and weekly start time for these reports is 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM, respectively. It's also important that you install the reports application on a system that can access the LEM database.

See LEM reports application hardware and software requirements for additional requirements.

Install the LEM reports application

The LEM reports application requires the free Crystal Reports runtime application. There are two ways to install the LEM reports application:

  • You can run the reports application installer included in the SolarWinds Log and Event Manager distribution package. The installer installs Crystal Reports and the LEM reports application together.
  • You can download Crystal Reports and the LEM reports application individually from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. You will need to install each application one at a time. This may be necessary if your Windows security settings prevent you from running the other installer.

Install the LEM reports application provided in the LEM distribution package

This installer also installs the Crystal Reports Runtime.

  1. If necessary, copy the SolarWinds Log and Event Manager installation folder to a local drive and open the folder.

  2. Right-click Install Next - LEM Reporting Software.exe, and then choose Open.

    A dialog box appears prompting you to allow the app to make changes to your device.

  3. Click Yes to continue.

    The Welcome screen appears.

  4. Click Next, and then review the Requirements for Installation.

  5. Click Next, and then click Begin Install to start the installation process.

  6. When the Installation Complete dialog appears, click Close.

Install the LEM reports application files downloaded from the Customer Portal

Complete these steps if you were not able to install the LEM reports application using the installer included in the SolarWinds Log and Event Manager distribution package.

Before you begin: Download the LEM reports application and the Crystal Reports Runtime installers from the  SolarWinds Customer Portal.

  1. Run the Crystal Reports Runtime installer and complete the installation steps.
  2. Run the LEM reports application installer and complete the installation steps.
  3. When the installation is complete, click Close.

The LEM Reports console is installed on your system.

Connect the LEM reports application to your LEM database

When you enter a LEM Manager IP address into the LEM reports application, you create a connection between the reports application and the LEM database server running on the LEM Manager VM.

Before you begin, obtain the IP address of the LEM VM and your LEM console login credentials.

  1. Right-click the Reports application icon on your desktop and select Run as administrator.

    To automatically run Reports as an administrator:

    1. Right-click the Reports shortcut and select Properties.

    2. Click Advanced and select the Run as administrator option.


    3. Click OK.

    4. Click OK in the Reports Properties window.

  2. Click Yes in the antivirus dialog box to continue.

  3. Click OK in the information box to create a list containing at least one manager.


  4. Enter the hostname or IP address of your LEM appliance in the Manager Name field.

    When you see Manager in reference to LEM, it typically refers to the IP address or hostname of your virtual appliance.


  5. Enter the username and password used to log in to the LEM console.

    You can audit users accessing the reporting server running on the LEM VM. Only users with admin, auditor, or reports roles can run reports on the LEM database.

  6. (Optional) Select the Use TLS connection check box to use the transport layer security protocol for a secure connection.

  7. Click Test Connection to verify the connection between the LEM database server and the LEM Reports console.

    The Reports console pings the LEM database and verifies the connection. If the ping is successful, Ping Successful displays in the dialog box.


  8. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEM/Log_and_Event_Manager_Installation_Guide/LEM_Installation_Guide/0060-Install_LEM_add-ons_such_as_the_reports_application_and_the_desktop_console/0010-Install_the_LEM_reports_application/lem_qsg_log_in_to_reports6.png to add the IP address to your LEM Manager list, and then click Yes to confirm.

  9. Click Close.

    The Reports console is connected to your LEM database and displays on your screen.

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