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Plan for a production deployment

 

Before you install SolarWinds SAM, size your environment. When you properly size your SolarWinds environment, you ensure that the system has enough capability to meet your monitoring needs.

Use the following table to size your SolarWinds environment. If you are deploying multiple SolarWinds Orion products, refer to the Multi-module system guidelines.

Server sizing is impacted by:

  • Number of monitored elements: An element is a component monitor, a node, interface or volume.
  • Polling frequency: SolarWinds SAM regularly polls devices to collect data and determine status. If you collect statistics more often than the default 5 minute polling rate, system requirements will increase.
  • Number of simultaneous users: Add 1 GB of RAM for every 25 simultaneous users.
Size of Deployment License Size

Windows Application Server

(physical or virtual)

Microsoft® SQL Database Server

(physical recommended)

Small SAM AL150 - AL300
  • Quad Core Processor 2.5 GHz or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 2 x 146 GB 15K Hard Drives (RAID 1/Mirrored Settings)
  • 1 GBE NIC
  • Microsoft® Windows Server 2016, Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012, Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2, Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, with IIS installed *
  • NET 4.5; compatible with 4.6.1 *
  • Dual Quad Core processor 3 GHz or better; 8 GB memory
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2016, 2012, or 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2014 SP1, 2012, or 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Optimal when running the Orion Platform database and logs on a hard drive configuration that supports Raid 1+0

Medium

SAM AL700 - AL1500

  • Quad Core Processor 2.5 GHz or better
  • 8-16 GB RAM
  • 2 x 146 GB 15K Hard Drives (RAID 1/Mirrored Settings)
  • 1 GBE NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, with IIS installed *
  • NET 4.5; compatible with 4.6.1 *
  • Dual Quad Core processor 3 GHz or better
  • 8-16 GB memory
  • Mirrored drives for OS and six disks RAID 1+0 for database data files
  • Hardware RAID controller
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 or 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2014 SP1, 2012, or 2008 R2 Standard Edition

Large

SAM AL2500

SAM ALX

  • Quad Core Processor 3 GHz or better
  • 16-32 GB RAM
  • 2 x 146 GB 15K Hard Drives (RAID 1/Mirrored Settings)
  • 1GBE NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, with IIS installed *
  • NET 4.5; compatible with 4.6.1 *
  • Dual Quad Core processor 3 GHz or better
  • 32-64 GB RAM (expandable)
  • Hardware RAID Controller
  • Disk Subsystem 1 Array 1: 2 x 146 GB 15K disks RAID 1 (mirroring) operating system
  • Disk Subsystem 2 Array 2: 2 x 146 GB 15K disks RAID 1 (Pagefile + Extra Storage)
  • Disk Subsystem 3 Array 3: with 6x 15K 146 GB or 300 GB Disks configured in a RAID 1+0 arrays to allow for maximum write performance. This is for your SQL MDF And Filegroups
  • Disk Subsystem 4 Array 4: with 4x 15K 146 GB or 300 GB Disks configured in a RAID 1+0 arrays to allow for maximum write performance. This is for your SQL LDF Transaction LOG File
  • 1Gbit LAN port
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012, or 2008 R2 Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2014 SP1, 2012, or 2008 R2 Standard Edition

* If the server does not have IIS or .NET 4.5 installed, the installation automatically installs and configures these components for you. If the server has Internet access, use the online version of the installation. If the server does not have Internet access, use the offline version of the installation.

Virtual machine and application server requirements

Orion application server installations on VMware™ or Microsoft hosted virtual machines are supported. The virtual machine requirements are identical to the physical server requirements.

A dedicated virtual 1GBE NIC is required. Be advised that resource contention could occur in a virtual environment if you have not dedicated physical resources to your Orion Application server virtual machine.

Deployment checklist

Before installing SolarWinds SAM, complete the pre-installation checklist below. This checklist helps you:

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Check for antivirus software.

Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server or servers where you plan to install Orion. To ensure the installation goes smoothly, exclude the SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2012 R2, exclude C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\.

Do not exclude executable files. SolarWinds assumes that C:\ is the default volume.

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Check system requirements, and identify system resources on which you install the Orion application server and database.

  • If you are installing SolarWinds SAM into an existing Orion Platform installation, confirm that your environment meets the system requirements in the Multi-module system guidelines.
  • If SolarWinds SAM is the first Orion Platform product that you are installing, ensure that your environment meets the system requirements listed at the top of this page.

Use the Local Administrator Account for installation. The Local Administrator Account is not the same as a domain account with local admin rights. A domain account is subject to your domain group policies.

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Ensure you have the correct version of the installation. If your server has access to the Internet, use the online version of the installation. If the server does not have access to the Internet, use the offline version of the installation.

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Obtain the SQL Server user name and password of a SQL Server database account with sysadmin rights. This may be your SA account. Contact your SQL Database Administrator for this information. Orion uses this account to create its database and to create a new user with read/write access and ownership over its own database.

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If SolarWinds SAM is the first Orion Platform product that you are installing, ensure that you Prepare the Orion SQL Server database before you install SAM.

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Determine if your license includes additional polling engines. If it does, refer to install an additional polling engine. Install the additional polling engine after installing SolarWinds SAM on the main polling engine.

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Determine if your license includes an additional web server. If it does, refer to install an additional web server. Install the additional web server after installing SolarWinds SAM on the main polling engine.

 
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