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Adding a location

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Locations are simply places on the web where you can install the WPM player. They need to be registered with the WPM server. Location information is displayed in the resources on the WPM Location view, particularly the Location Details resource.

  1. From the Add Transaction - Location page, click Add Location.
  2. Select the method of adding the location. You can add the location on your network, on the cloud, or use an existing location.

Adding a location on your network:

  1. Select Install location on my network and click Next.
  2. Either:
    • Enter the IP Address or Hostname of the location, click Add to List.


    • Select a location from the list of existing nodes.

    You can select multiple locations if required.

  3. Click Next.
  4. Either:
    • Select Use default settings, and enter a Player Name if you do not want it to be the same as the Location Name.


    • Select Use advanced settings, and enter a Player Name, Player Port number, and Player Password, as required.
  5. Click Next.
  6. The location is shown with default credential. Here you have the option to:
    • Click Assign Credentials, to open the Assign Credential window where you can choose an alternative credential, or click <New Credential> to set up a new credential.
    • Click Test Credentials, to test the selected credential is valid.
  7. Click Deploy Player, to use the selected credential.
  8. The location is added to the list of locations. Select the location and click Next. The Defining properties: tab of the Add Transaction page is displayed.

Adding a location on the cloud:

  1. Select Add a location in the cloud, and click Next.
  2. Select the appropriate vendor from the list displayed, and then click Next.
  3. Enter the Access key and Secret key for the cloud account.
  4. Supply the information requested on the screen until the location is added. Since this depends upon the Cloud provider, you should refer to the help provided by the vendor.
  5. For help on using Amazon Cloud Services to host a player, see the SolarWinds Knowledgebase article: Using Amazon Cloud Services as a Playback Location.

  6. Once the location has been added to the list of locations, you can select it and click Next. The Defining properties: tab of the Add Transaction page is displayed.

Using an existing location:

  1. Select Add an existing location, and click Next.
  2. Enter a name for the player in the Name for player at this location field.
  3. To use server initiated communication, where the server-initiated player is passive and waits for requests from the WPM server on a specified port:
    1. Select Server initiated communication, and enter the IP Address or hostname where the player is located.
    2. Click Advanced if you need to add a Player Password, want to change the Player port from the default of 17781, and/or Use proxy.
  4. To use player initiated communication, which allows the player to actively initiate communication with the WPM server on port 17782:
    1. Select Player initiated communication, and select the Player from the dropdown.
    2. Click Advanced, if you want to assign this player to a poller.

      Firewall/NAT configuration is simplified because the player actively connects to the poller server using a HTTP(S) protocol. MSPs and larger distributed deployments may prefer this option.

  5. Click Submit.
  6. Once the location has been added to the list of locations, you can select it and click Next. The Defining properties: tab of the Add Transaction page is displayed.


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