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Why create SolarWinds Orion database backups?

SolarWinds recommends creating a backup of your database before any operation that requires the Installation or Configuration Wizards.

  • SolarWinds NPM hotfix and service pack updates
  • Installation of Orion Platform products
  • Database migrations or reconfigurations

SolarWinds Orion database is a MS SQL database. Create backups using an appropriate version of SQL Server Management Studio.

For more information, search for "back up a database" on the Microsoft TechNet web portal at, and consult the help for the appropriate SQL Server Management Studio version.