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LEM pre-installation checklist

Updated: August 30, 2017

Before installing Log & Event Manager, 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.
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Make sure that your environment meets the hardware and software requirements for your installations. Hypervisor software should be installed prior to installing LEM. VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V are both supported. The hypervisor software provides the virtual environment that hosts your LEM deployment.

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Determine if your architecture will include one or more syslog servers.

See LEM deployment examples for details.

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The Local Administrator Account is required 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.

Prepare the server environment

Prepare the server where you will install the LEM VM.

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Prepare the servers based on your deployment size and system requirements. Install either VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V.

By default, Log & Event Manager deploys with 8GB RAM and 2CPUs on both hypervisor platforms.

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Before installation, check for and run all OS updates on all servers.

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If your log sources are located behind firewalls, see SolarWinds LEM Port and Firewall Information to open the necessary ports.

SolarWinds uses these ports to send and receive data.

Download LEM

SolarWinds provides separate installation packages for Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, so be sure to download the correct version.

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Download the LEM installer from the SolarWinds customer portal, or download a free trial version from

The trial version provides unlimited access to all product features for 30 days. See Licensing an evaluation version of LEM for more information.

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