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SolarWinds Feature: SolarWinds Orion Installer

Updated October 10, 2018


Use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to install or upgrade one or more Orion Platform products simultaneously. When installing new products into an existing Orion environment, the Orion Installer verifies compatibility between the product versions, providing notifications if additional steps are needed. The Orion Installer also supports upgrades from older software versions with a generated upgrade path, merging the capabilities of the Product Upgrade Advisor into the installer.

The installer:

  • Provides an easy-to-follow install path. The installer will check for product updates, and updates the installation 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 changes are needed, the installer provides guidance for required versions.
  • Guides you through each product install and upgrade by providing upgrade paths custom-made for your current environment.
  • Automatically runs the Configuration Wizard as needed after product installs to complete database and configuration tasks.

Easy access to the latest installs and upgrades

SolarWinds may release new features, options, and supported configurations for the SolarWinds Orion Installer. When you run the installer, it checks for installer updates and automatically downloads the new file or provides a link and instructions to download it manually.

As you open the Orion Installer, it verifies the products you are installing and any available upgrades available for your currently installed products. You can also install evaluation versions of other SolarWinds software at the same time.

System checks and requirement verification

After selecting products to install, a series of system checks run on your Orion environment. Every product includes a set of specific checks based on the following:

  • Hardware and resources such as RAM, hard drive space, number of CPUs and more
  • Software such as installed Operating System version, .NET, IIS, and other required drivers and tools
  • Ports for data access and tasks
  • Product specific checks for configurations and additional requirements

SolarWinds recommends reviewing your individual product system requirements before installations to identify necessary updates you can do before beginning the installation process.

If your environment does not meet specifications, the installer provides the following message types:

Warning message: does not block an installation. Details provide recommended actions and best practices to update your environment for better performance.

Critical issue: blocks an installation until resolved. Details provide required updates for your environment to support the products. After addressing the issues, run the installer again.

The following image is an example of a report for NPM and NCM. For more information, use the Click for more details. Click Save Install Report to save a list of issues to resolve with the installer closed. When viewing the "more details" link, you can also click Copy the issue to clipboard to paste the details in a text file.

Upgrade paths made easy

When you launch the SolarWinds Orion Installer, it generates and follows an upgrade path if needed. Each installed product in your environment is detected and reviewed against product upgrade information. Algorithms determine the upgrade path and provide a walk-through list in order of upgrades.

If your upgrade path requires older product versions, a list of download links displays in the exact install order you should follow. This example screenshot is complicated due to the older product versions, but it details the extensive capabilities of generating paths and providing upgrade direction in the Orion Installer:

Need to save the upgrade path? Scroll to the end of the list and click the Save Upgrade Path option.

End-to-end installation

The installer performs complete end-to-end installations. If older products are part of the upgrade, complete those upgrades and run the SolarWinds Orion Installer to verify the updated path. When completed, the installer installs and upgrades selected products without required interactions.

The installer displays a progress bar with updating messages for each installation:

As product installations complete, the installer determines if the Configuration Wizard needs to run. The Configuration Wizard automatically opens to make selections:

  • Configure the database based on install method
  • Select and enter authentication credentials for an SQL server account or Windows authentication
  • Generate or select an SSL for security certificates

If additional upgrades are needed for your Additional Polling Engines, Additional Web Server, and HA servers, the installer warns you of those required installs.

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