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Change the NTA Flow Storage Database location

Requirements to change the location

  • NPM 11.5.x
  • NPM 12.X
  • NTA 4.x

 

IF YOU DON'T MEET ABOVE REQUIREMENTS, THIS WON'T WORK UNTIL YOU UPGRADE TO NTA 4.x.

See the Product Upgrade Advisor to find your upgrade path. Before upgrading from NTA 3.11 to 4.1.2, you must have NPM 11.5.x installed. The NTA Flow Storage Database should be installed on a dedicated server, before you upgrade NTA.

Overview

You can have your NTA Flow Storage Database stored locally on a separate disk drive, or on a remote computer. When you run out of the disk space on your NTA Flow Storage Database disk, you can consider moving your NTA Flow Storage Database to a new disk drive, or even to a different remote server.

Locate your NTA Flow Storage Database

Before you move the database, you need to locate the current file path.

  1. Start the NTA Flow Storage Configurator in the SolarWinds Orion > NetFlow Traffic Analysis program folder.
  2. The path to the current NTA Flow Storage destination folder is available in the appropriate field (Please enter a folder path for saving the flow data).
  3. Click Cancel to close the Configurator.

Move the NTA Flow Storage Database from a remote server to a local disk

  1. Log in to the server where your NTA Flow Storage Database is currently installed. 
  2. Stop the SolarWinds NetFlow Storage Service.
  3. Locate the NTA Flow Storage Database destination folder.
  4. Move the Flow Storage folder with its contents to the local server using standard Windows tools (copy & paste, shared folder, or FTP). 
  5. Change the NTA installation on your main polling engine:
    1. Log in to the server where you have your NTA installed.
    2. Run the NTA executable.
    3. Click Next on the Welcome screen.
    4. Select the configuration option NPM/NTA/NTA Flow Storage Database on the same server, and click Next.
    5. Review the Welcome information and click Next.
    6. If you agree, accept the license agreement, and click Next.
    7. Click Change and complete the Setup wizard.
    8. Reconfigure your NTA using the Configuration wizard.
    9. When prompted to specify the location for storing flow data, fill in the folder where you moved your NTA Flow Storage Database in step 4.
  6. Optional: Uninstall the NTA Flow Storage Database from your remote server.

Move the NTA Flow Storage Database from a local disk to a remote server

  1. Install the NTA Flow Storage Database on the appropriate server.
  2. Log in to the server where your NTA is currently installed.  
  3. Stop the SolarWinds NetFlow Service.
  4. Locate your Flow Storage folder.
  5. Move the Flow Storage folder with its content to the target server using standard Windows tools (copy & paste, shared folder, or FTP).
  6. Change the NTA installation on your main polling engine:
    1. Log in to the server where you have your NTA installed.
    2. Uninstall NTA on Control panel.
    3. Cancel the Configuration wizard as it will automatically run after the uninstallation.
    4. Run the NTA executable.

      This is the Solarwinds-Orion-NTA-v4.x-bxxxx.exe. The same installer that is used to Install/Upgrade the NTA module on the main polling application server, is the same installer used to install the NTA Flow Storage Database application.

    5. Click Next on the Welcome to Setup wizard screen.
    6. Select the configuration option NPM/NTA/NTA Flow Storage Database on two separate servers,and click Next.
    7. Fill in the host name or IP address of the new NTA Flow Storage Database location, and click Test Connection.
    8. Review the Welcome information, and click Next.
    9. If you agree, accept the license agreement and click Next.
    10. Review the Previous version detected screen, and click Next.
    11. Click Change, and complete the Setup wizard.
    12. Select the appropriate licensing option.
    13. Configuration wizard will run automatically
    14. Select Next and complete the Configuration wizard settings. 

Move the NTA Flow Storage Database to another disk drive on the same server

  1. Stop the SolarWinds NetFlow Service or the SolarWinds NetFlow Storage Service as appropriate.
  2. Launch the command prompt as an administrator.
  3. Locate SolarWinds.NetFlow.FastBit.DbMove.exe in the folder where you installed your NTA Flow Storage Database, such as C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\NetFlowTrafficAnalysis
  4. Drag and drop the SolarWinds.NetFlow.FastBit.DbMove.exe file into the command prompt.
  5. Define what should be restored using the following command:
    NetFlow.Fastbit.DbMove.exe [source folder] [destination folder]

    Example:
    NetFlow.Fastbit.DbMove.exe D:\OldDBLocation\ D:\NewDBLocation\ 

    Notes:
    • If the path contains folders with blanks in their names, consider renaming the folders or put the path in quotes, such as: Netflow.FastBit.DbMove.exe "D:\Old DB Location\" "D:\New DB Location\" 
    • In NTA 4.0.3, the source folder is resolved automatically, so that you only specify the destination folder, such as: Netflow.FastBit.DbMove.exe D:\NewDBLocation\  
  6. Start the NTA Flow Storage Configurator in the SolarWinds Orion > NetFlow Traffic Analysis program folder.
  7. Enter the new destination folder for storing your flow data.

Move the NTA Flow Storage Database from an existing remote server to a new remote server

  1. Install the NTA Flow Storage Database on the appropriate server. For more information, see Install the NTA Flow Storage Database.
  2. Log in to the server where your NTA is currently installed.  
  3. Stop the SolarWinds NetFlow Service.
  4. Log in to the server where you installed your NTA Flow Storage Database.
  5. Stop the SolarWinds NetFlow Storage Service.
  6. Locate the NTA Flow Storage Database destination folder.
  7. Move the Flow Storage folder with its contents to the target server using standard Windows tools (copy & paste, shared folder, or FTP).
  8. Change the NTA installation on your main polling engine:
    1. Log in to the server where you have your NTA installed.
    2. Run the NTA executable.
    3. Click Next on the Welcome to Setup wizard screen
    4. Select the configuration option NPM/NTA/NTA Flow Storage Database on two separate servers, and click Next.
    5. Fill in the host name or IP address of the new NTA Flow Storage Database location, and click Test Connection.
    6. Review the Welcome information, and click Next.
    7. If you agree, accept the license agreement, and click Next.
    8. Review the Previous version detected screen, and click Next.
    9. Click Change,and complete the Setup wizard.
    10. Select the appropriate licensing option.
    11. Reconfigure your NTA using the Configuration wizard.
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