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Install SolarWinds NTA using the SolarWinds Orion Installer

Updated: September 13, 2017

The SolarWinds Orion Installer is an all-in-one installer to install and upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously. The installer:

  • Provides an easy-to-follow install path. The installer will check for product updates, and updates the installations steps to complete complex upgrades and installations with ease.
  • Runs preflight checks to ensure your environment specifications match the system requirements for selected product installs. If you need to make any changes, the installer provides guidance to resolve the issues.
  • Guides you through every product install and upgrade by providing upgrade paths needed for your current environment.
  • Automatically runs the Configuration wizard as needed after product installs to complete database and configuration tasks.
  • Advises on additional installations for SolarWinds High Availability servers, Additional Polling Engines, and Additional Web Servers.

Starting with version 4.2.2, SolarWinds NTA is available for installation through the new Orion Installer. The stand-alone installer is still available for download, and might be needed for certain installation scenarios.

The following table lists which type of installer is needed for which installation scenario:

Installation typeInstaller needed
Fresh installations
SolarWinds NTA with embedded NTA Flow Storage DatabaseOrion Installer
Additional Poller, Additional Web, High Availability Main Poller backupSmarter Bundle
Change of Main Poller deployment from embedded to remote NTA Flow Storage DatabaseStand-alone installer
Production installation of SolarWinds NTA with remote NTA Flow Storage Database

Stand-alone installer to change the configuration of the Main Poller

Stand-alone installer to install a remote NTA Flow Storage Database

RepairRepair button under the Windows Control Panel > Installed Programs
Remote NTA Flow Storage DatabaseStand-alone installer
Main Poller with or without embedded NTA Flow Storage Database

Orion Installer

Stand-alone installer

Additional Poller, Additional Web, High Availability Main Poller backupSmarter Bundle

Install SolarWinds NTA with embedded NTA Flow Storage Database

Use SolarWinds Orion Installer to deploy fresh Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) in one installation process.

In this installation scenario, NTA is installed with embedded NTA Flow Storage Database, which is not recommended for a production environment.

  1. Save and run the Orion installer .exe on your Orion server.
  2. A Welcome screen displays with a list of products to install.
  3. Select Network Performance Monitor and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.

    If you want to learn more about the products, click the release notes link.

  4. Optionally, select the option to Send usage metrics to help SolarWinds improve products. We only receive data collected for the installation and upgrade.
  5. Click Next.
  6. In the Install Method, select Advanced Install.

    Express Install is not recommended, as the Orion Database deploys to a new, local SQL Server Express instance, installed on the same machine as NPM and NTA.

  7. NTA installs together with an embedded NTA Flow Storage database.

Install the remote NTA Flow Storage database

Orion Installer installs SolarWinds NTA with a remote NTA Flow Storage database, which is not recommended for production installation. Follow the steps below to deploy a remote NTA Flow Storage database.

  1. Download the NTA stand-alone installer (SolarWinds-Orion-NTA-v4.2.3.exe).
  2. Use the stand-alone installer to deploy the remote NTA Flow Storage Database.
  3. Run the stand-alone installer on the Main Poller to change the configuration from the embedded Flow Storage Database, installed in the previous step using Orion installer, to remote Flow Storage Database.
  4. Use the Scalability Engines Installer to install Additional Pollers, Additional Websites and High Availability (HA).


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