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Netflow database maintenance

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Updated August 27, 2018

Overview

NTA Database maintenance is the tool used for maintaining the NTA Flow Data.

Environment

All NTA versions

Steps

Reasons for running this wizard:

  • Database Performance is slow.
  • Database File Group has unused space that needs to be reclaimed.
  • Stale resource data (IP Addresses that do not appear in current flows) needs to be removed from the Database.


Precautions:

  • Create a current SQL backup before running this wizard.
  • Stop Orion services on all polling engines.

 

  1. Log into the Orion Primary Server.
  2. Open the Orion NTA program folder (by default, C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\NetFlowTrafficAnalysis).
  3. Launch NetflowDatabaseMaintenance.exe.


Explanation of NetFlow Database Maintenance options:

  • Shrink Database logs and Files (default: quick)

Each file within a database can be reduced to remove unused pages. Although the Database Engine will reuse space effectively, there are times when a file no longer needs to be as large as it once was; shrinking the file may then become necessary.

  • Delete expired flow data (default: 1000 IPs at a time, 15 min to process)

This option will remove any flow data for IPs not listed in current flows (30 days). The "note:" listed under this option will report how many expired IPs are currently present in the Database.

  • Re-Index NetFlow data tables (default: Quick)

When any data modification operations are run (INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statements) table fragmentation can occur. Re-indexing rebuilds the tables index (similar to a file system defragmentation) which can greatly improve performance.

After completing the Database Maintenance Wizard a log file will be generated in the same directory named: DatabaseMaintenance.log.

This file will list all actions committed by the wizard.

 

 

 

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