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Home > Success Center > Web Performance Monitor (WPM) > Web Performance Monitor Administrator Guide > Installing WPM > Installing the Player

Installing the Player

The WPM Player is a Windows service that you can install on any computer that meets the system requirements.

Recommended Player Requirements

The recommended requirements allow a single Player to monitor up to 12 transactions of 30-second duration at 5-minute intervals. The minimum is 1 minute.

Resource

Requirement

CPU

2.0 GHz Quadcore

Memory

3 GB

Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, or Server 2012

TCP/IP Ports

80 (TCP) open for http traffic

443 (TCP) open for https traffic

17777 (TCP) open for SolarWinds traffic

17781 (TCP) open for server-initiated communication mode

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 8 or higher

Minimum player requirements

The minimum Player requirements allow up to two 30-second transactions to be monitored at 1-minute intervals.

The Player that is installed on the SolarWinds WPM server is configured to work as a minimum-resource player in the interest of conserving the system resources of your SolarWinds WPM server.

Resource

Requirement

CPU

2.0 GHz single core. Virtual Machine okay.

Memory

2 GB

Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008 or Server 2012.

TCP/IP Ports

80 (TCP) open for http traffic

443 (TCP) open for https traffic

17777 (TCP) open for SolarWinds traffic

17781 (TCP) open for server-initiated communication mode

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 8 or higher

To avoid permissions issues, do not install on a domain controller.

Installing the Player:

  1. Run the PlaybackPlayer.exe installer from your WPM package or download and run the PlaybackPlayer.exe installer from the Web Console. The download link is located at Settings > WPM Settings > Manage Player Locations > Download player.
  2. Follow the installer instructions.

Configuring settings

After installing the Player, you must configure its settings. Later on, you will copy these settings into your WPM server when you define your Playback locations so that the server knows how to connect and relay commands to this particular Player.

  1. Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Web Performance Monitor > WPM > Playback Player Settings.

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Server initiated communication fields

This default option waits for requests from the WPM server on a specified port. This requires firewall/NAT configurations on each player computer.

Player Password

This is an optional password to protect against unauthorized connections to your Player.

Player Port

This is the port the WPM server uses to connect to the Player. This port must be open on your Player firewall. This must be set to 17781.

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