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Deploy an agent manually to a Linux-based computer

Use this method to install agents if you cannot use push deployment to Linux-based devices over SSH. For example, when the device is behind a NAT or is hosted in the cloud. This approach uses wget or curl to download the installation files from your chosen polling engine. This agent installation method is known as a pull deployment.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click Agent Settings > Download Agent Software.
  3. Click Linux, and Next.
  4. Click Manually Install by Downloading Files via URL, and click Next.
  5. Select your Distribution and Communication Mode.
  6. Enter the Connection Settings.
  7. Click Generate Command.
  8. Copy and paste the command in the terminal open to the Linux computer. The command downloads the software from the selected polling engine.
  9. Optional: For Server-initiated communication (passive), in the Orion Web Console click Settings > All Settings > Node & Group Management > Manage Agents > Add Agent > Connect to a previously installed agent > Next. Enter the name, IP address, and port number for the agent and click Server-initiated communication.

    When installation is successful and communication between the agent and the Orion server has been established, the agent appears in the agent list on the Manage Agents page.

  10. On the Manage Agents page, select the new agent, and then click Choose Resources.
  11. Select the items you want to monitor, and click Submit.

When installation is successful and communication between the agent and the Orion server is successful, the agent is listed on the Manage Agents page.

You can choose to copy the installer file to the Linux computer manually and then install it instead of using wget or curl.

  1. On the Download Agent Software page, select your distribution.
  2. Click Download Agent Software File for Manual Installation.
  3. Move the file to the Linux computer and extract it.
  4. Follow the instructions in the readme.txt file.

Select your distribution

Agents are supported on the following Linux operating systems.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • CentOS 5
  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 7
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • Ubuntu 14
  • Ubuntu 15
  • Ubuntu 16
  • Amazon AMI, 64-bit only
  • Raspbian 8.0 on ARMv6 or ARMv7 processors, 32-bit only

If your operating system is not listed, select the closest match to your Linux distribution. SolarWinds cannot guarantee that the software will work as intended on a non-supported OS, but will attempt to install the software for the distribution you select.