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Software requirements

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  • SolarWinds only supports installing the Orion agent on domain controllers. Do not install any other SolarWinds products on domain controllers.
  • SolarWinds only supports installing the Orion agent on the same server as a Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, or Research in Motion (RIM) Blackberry server. Sharing a database server with those applications is not supported.

The following table lists software requirements and recommendations for a SolarWinds installation on both physical and virtual computers.

Software Requirements
Operating system
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

    Deprecation notice:  Although you can install Orion Platform 2018.2 products on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, these versions are deprecated and will not be supported on future Orion Platform versions. SolarWinds strongly recommends that you upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 or later at your earliest convenience.

  • Windows Server 2016

Installing SolarWinds NPM on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server Foundations is not supported.

Desktop operating systems, such as Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, 64-bit (not Standard Edition), are supported for evaluation environments only. To make a smooth transition from your evaluation to production deployment, SolarWinds recommends that you avoid installing evaluations on desktop operating systems.

Operating system languages
  • English (UK or US)
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese

IP address version


IPv6, a dual stack is an option

CIDR notation is not supported for IPv6 addresses.

Web server

If you are not using Windows Authentication, make sure the Anonymous Authentication is enabled for the SolarWinds NetPerfMon website. Anonymous Authentication is used with the default forms-based authentication.

IIS is installed by the SolarWinds installer. You can install this software manually to reduce your installation time.

.NET Framework

.NET 4.6.2 or later

Run the same version of. NET on your primary server and any Additional Polling Engines or Additional Web Servers in the environment.


If you are using the Syslogs or SNMP Traps feature of the Orion Platform, make sure the following services are running after installation is complete to collect syslog messages and traps:

  • SolarWinds Syslog Service
  • SolarWinds Trap Service

Web console browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 or later with Active scripting

    Do not enable Enterprise Mode on Internet Explorer. This setting forces Internet Explorer to emulate version 7, which is not supported.

  • Microsoft Edge

Orion Platform products support two most recent versions of the following web browsers available at the release date:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome 


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