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Install and integrate SolarWinds NTA with the Orion Platform

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Updated: September 13, 2017

To integrate NetFlow Traffic Analyzer with an existing Orion Platform, you may need to install the stand-alone product onto the Orion server and perform additional steps. These instructions walk-through the specific installation steps, Configuration wizard selections, and any additional licensing and integration options to select.

Consider these guidelines for your installation:

  • When integrating with the existing Orion SQL database, the user account needs only to be in the db_owner database role for the existing database.
  • For advanced configuration requirements and steps such as FIPS, see Enable FIPS for security.
  • If you have High Availability as part of your Orion Platform installation, review Install SolarWinds NTA with High Availability.
  • When converting your evaluation license to a production license, you must change the location of the NTA Flow Storage Database which is installed locally on the Main Poller. See Change the NTA Flow Storage Database.

Adding a new product into an existing Orion Platform may require upgrading the current products prior to the installation.

  • Using compatibility information and the SolarWinds Product Upgrade Advisor, determine if currently installed products must be upgraded prior to installing this product.
  • Depending on the upgrade path, upgrade products following the SolarWinds Upgrade Guide. When complete, install the new product following these instructions.
  • When preparing the server, review the multi-module system guidelines when installing into an existing Orion Platform.
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Starting with NTA 4.2, the NTA Flow Storage Database is no longer supported on additional pollers and additional websites, and needs to be installed on a dedicated server. This includes NTA versions 4.2.1 through 4.2.3.

  1. Log in to the server where you want to store your flow data.
  2. Launch the installation file SolarWinds-Orion-NTA-<version>.exe from the download location. The installer used is the same as for installing SolarWinds NTA on the application server.
  3. Review the welcome information, and click Next.
  4. Select I would Like to Install the NTA Flow Storage Database on This Server.
  5. Enter the details for accessing the SolarWinds Orion Database:

    The default Orion database user name is SolarWindsOrionDatabaseUser. You specified the password in the Configuration wizard when you installed SolarWinds NPM.

    1. In the Orion database server field, enter a valid host name or an IP address of the server where the Orion SQL database is installed.
    2. In the Orion database user name and password field, enter the SQL database credentials or the Windows credentials.
    3. Select a database, and click Test Connection.
    4. Click Next to continue.
  6. Specify the installation folder, and click Next.

    The best practice is to install the Flow Storage Database on a disk other than C:\.

  7. Click Install.
  8. When the installation completes, click Finish.
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  1. Log in to the server on which you installed SolarWinds NPM.
  2. Launch the installation file SolarWinds-Orion-NTA-<version>.exe from the download location.
  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 a knowledge base article with the resolution. When resolved, run the installation again.

  4. Select the configuration NPM/NTA and NTA Flow Storage Database on Two Separate Servers, and click Next.
  5. Enter the SolarWinds NTA Flow Storage Database server host name or IP address, and click Test Connection.
  6. If you agree, accept the terms of the license agreement.
  7. Accept the default directory, or click Browse and select a directory.
  8. Enable Quality of Experience (QoE) traffic monitoring.

    Enabling QoE installs an agent on the Orion Main Polling Engine. This agent collects packet-level traffic statistics, like network response time and application response time, for any application traffic it sees going to or from Orion. SolarWinds recommends that you enable QoE.

  9. Click Next to begin copying the files.

    If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer®, SolarWinds recommends you add the URL of your Orion website (http://FullOrionServerName/), the URL of SolarWinds support (http://solarwinds.com/support), and about:blank to the list of trusted sites.

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2. Run the Configuration wizard

After the installation completes, the Configuration wizard automatically runs. If the Configuration wizard does not load automatically, start the Configuration wizard in the SolarWinds Orion > Configuration and Auto-Discovery program folder.

  1. In the Welcome dialog box, click Next.
  2. If prompted to stop services, click Yes.
  3. In the Database Settings dialog box, select an SQL Server and authentication method, and click Next.

    Use SQL Server Authentication to ensure the SolarWinds Orion server can always access SQL Server, even when hosted remotely on a separate server.

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  4. In the Database Settings dialog box, select a database from Use an existing database, and click Next.
  5. In the Database Account dialog box, create an account or use an existing account that the polling engine and Web Console use to access the database, and click Next.
  6. In the Website Settings dialog box, complete selections for your installation:

    If you select Skip website binding, the Configuration wizard does not make changes within the website configuration in your IIS. This option blocks IP address, port, and SSL certificate options.

    1. Select All Unassigned unless your environment requires a specific IP address for the Orion Web Console. The Port is 443 by default.
    2. Specify the Port and the Website Root Directory where the system installs the Web Console files.

      If you specify any port other than 80, include that port in the URL used to access the Web Console.

    3. To configure SSL, click Enable HTTPS and select your SSL certificate.

      If a certificate is not available, select the option to Generate Self-Signed Certificate. The Configuration wizard automatically generates a self-signed certificate issued to the hostname or FQDN and adds it to the trusted certificate store.

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  7. If prompted to create a directory or website, click Yes.
  8. Review the list of services to install, and click Next.
  9. Click Yes if prompted to disable the SNMP Trap Service and enable the SolarWinds Trap Service.
  10. In the Completing the Orion Configuration wizard dialog box, click Next.
  11. If prompted to activate your installation, enter the License Key for your product noted from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  12. When completed, click Finish to launch the Orion Web Console.

    Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds > Orion Web Console

    or

    Open a web browser on your Orion server and enter http://ipAddress or http://hostname, where ipAddress is the IP address of your server and hostname is the host name of your server.

  13. Log in with user name admin and leave the password field blank.

    For security purposes, SolarWinds recommends that you change the password to your admin account.

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If the Customer Portal listed hotfixes for the product version you downloaded, run those installations.

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Extract the zip files to the main polling engine or Orion server.
  3. Review the README for details on the release and further instructions.
  4. Run the installation file according to the README instructions.
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Add and activate the license key from the Customer Portal.

  1. Open the Orion Web Console in a web browser.

    Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds > Orion Web Console

    or

    Open a web browser on your Orion server and enter http://ipAddress or http://hostname, where ipAddress is the IP address of your server and hostname is the host name of your server.

  2. Click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  3. Click Add/Upgrade License.
  4. Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information, and click Activate.

To activate an offline license, see Activate licenses offline.

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If you have an additional polling engine (APE), download and install the product using the Scalability Engine Installer.

  1. In the Orion Web Console, click Settings > All Settings > Polling Engines.
  2. Click the Download Installer Now and move the downloaded file to the additional polling engine server.
  3. Run the installation file. The steps should mirror the installation steps completed on the main polling engine server. During installation, select the option for Additional Polling Engine.
  4. To activate the license, access the Orion Web Console on the main polling engine or Orion server.

    Do not activate the license directly on the additional polling engine.

  5. Click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  6. Click Add/Upgrade License.
  7. Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information, and click Activate.
  8. You may need to assign the license to the additional polling engine.
    1. Click Assign.
    2. Select the additional polling engine and click Assign.
  9. Repeat these instructions for multiple additional polling engines.

Best Practice: If the product included hotfixes, you can also run those directly on the additional polling engines. The Scalability Engine Installer should have included them. If the hotfix installation states the fixes are already installed, do not continue. Otherwise, complete the installation instructions from the README file.

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If you have an additional web server (AWS), download and install the product using the Scalability Engine Installer.

  1. In the Orion Web Console, click Settings > All Settings > Web Console Settings.
  2. Click the Download Installer Now and move the downloaded file to the additional polling engine server.
  3. Run the installation file. The steps should mirror the installation steps completed on the main polling engine server. During installation, select the option for Additional Web Server.
  4. To activate the license, access the Orion Web Console on the main polling engine or Orion server.

    Do not activate the license directly on the additional web server.

  5. Click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  6. Click Add/Upgrade License.
  7. Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information, and click Activate.
  8. You may need to assign the license to the additional web server.
    1. Click Assign.
    2. Select the additional web server and click Assign.

Best Practice: If the product included hotfixes, you can also run those directly on the additional web server. The Scalability Engine Installer should have included them. If the hotfix installation states the fixes are already installed, do not continue. Otherwise, complete the installation instructions from the README file.

 

 
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