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Configuration wizard issues due to Basic SQL AlwaysOn on SQL 2016

Created by Kevin Twomey, last modified by Alexis Pasao on Dec 07, 2018

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Updated December 7,  2018


After running the SolarWinds Orion online installer, the Configuration wizard fails with an SQL exception.

  • Every time the Configuration wizard runs, it adds a new connection entry to the SWNetPerfMon.db file.
  • The source only states the SQL server name (not the SQL server name/instance as is required).


Configuration error that occurred after running the SolarWinds Orion online installer:

ERROR Configuration Progress Scene - Exception while configuring plugin Orion Core Services component Orion Database>. System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException (0x80131904): A network-related or instance-specific error occurred




  • NPM 12.2 HF4, SAM 6.5
  • SQL 2016
  • SQL AlwaysON


This issue is on the SQL side.

  • You are using Basic AlwaysOn on your SQL server, and the AlwaysOn listener has a named instance, for example: mylistener\myinstance. The Configuration wizard strips the instance and fails.
  • Your Orion Platform product is having issues because you are using SQL AlwaysOn with no instance, but only a server name.

As a result, the file C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\SWNetPerfmon.DB is incorrect
because there are no users with Named Instance on the listener. It's not common nor expected.

SQL Setup in SQL Mgmt Studio

SQL AlwaysON Setup.PNG

In the Orion SWNetPerfmon.db



 Alternative Example:

  • db.jpg
  • cluster.jpg



If SQL AlwaysOn is always running on a unique port (For Example 1451 or 2055),

Then you need to add the port to Configuration wizard to stop instance from being stripped.


To resolve the issue:

  1. Run the Configuration wizard.
  2. In the Database Settings, use "mylistener,port" as the SQL Server if the port is unique for every instance on the listener.


The Configuration wizard now completes successfully.

The connection string is hard-coded for the instance, and thus stays locked in place. ​​​​​

You can also specify the SQL AlwaysOn port in the SWNetPerfMon.db file:

  1. Open C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\Orion\SWNetPerfmon.DB in a text editor.
  2. Specify the following as the Instance Name:  [ServerName], [SQLalwaysOnPort]
    Example: DBServer-11, 1451  

The database file will remain correct and you can run the Configuration wizard on any polling engines.


Config Wizard options:

  • CW Settings: Incorrect          

    • Instance Name: DBServer-11                                      

    • Instance gets Stripped away.

  • CW Settings: Correct: (But Still errors out)              

    • Instance Name: DBServer-11\Solarwinds             

    • Edit SWNetPerfmon DB file to this and CW continues, but will error out as above

  • CW Settings: Alternative Workaround Correct: (This is the solution)       

    • Instance Name: DBServer-11, 1451                          

    • Edit SWNetPerfmon DB file to this and CW continues and completes.



Suggested Tags:  HA-4367


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