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Deploy an NPM agent with a Gold Master Image

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Magdalena.Markova on Nov 07, 2016

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Use a Gold Master Image when you want to maintain a master image of agent software that is copied when a new Windows server is provisioned. This saves time for virtual machines, physical servers, and cloud instances. Whenever a new server is brought online using this image, the agent will already be installed.

Disable the SolarWinds Orion agent service before you create your gold master, and then start it on the remote computer when the gold master is cloned.

Install an agent offline

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click Agent Settings > Download Agent Software.
  3. Click Windows, and click Next.
  4. Click Distribute via a Golden Master Image, and click Next.
  5. Select the agent communication mode.
    • For agent-initiated communication, enter the polling engine you want the agent to use. You may need to manually enter the polling engine information if the IP address is different from what the Orion server reports. This happens when the monitored host is behind a NAT or proxy device. In these cases, enter the IP address of the Orion server or the additional polling engine as it is accessible from the host where the agent will be installed.
      1. To use an existing polling engine, select Use Connection Details from Polling Engine, and then select a polling engine from the list.
      2. To manually enter the polling engine IP address, select Enter Connection Details Manually, and then enter the host name and IP address. The IP address is required. Use the host name and IP address of the polling engine that you can access from the client.
    • For server-initiated communications, enter your agent communication port number. The default port is 17790.
  6. Click Download .ZIP, and save the file.
  7. Extract the contents of the ZIP file, and double-click setup.bat.
  8. Follow the instructions in the Installation wizard.

Enable server-initiated communication on deployed agents

If you are deploying a server-initiated agent, take the following steps to enable agent communication with your Orion server.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Agents.
  3. Click Add Agent > Connect to a previously installed agent > Next.
  4. Enter a name for the agent, and click Server-initiated communication.
  5. Enter the IP address of the node where the agent is deployed, and the port number for the agent. The default port is 17790.
  6. Click Submit.
 
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