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Multi-module system guidelines

If you are installing more than one SolarWinds Orion Platform product, use these recommended guidelines for hardware and software deployment. The information here should be considered guidelines only. You can choose to use more or less hardware, but your performance may vary depending on your deployment scenario.

If you have only one SolarWinds Orion module, see the system requirements listed in the installation guide for that module.

Small deployment guidelines

Modules

Choose up to 3 modules:

  • NPM SL100 - SL500 (including up to 10 remote agents for DPI)
  • SAM AL150 - AL300
  • WPM 5 - WPM 20
  • VNQM IPSLA 5 - IPSLA 25 (up to 5,000 operations)
  • NCM DL50 - DL200
  • IPAM IP1000 - IP4000
  • UDT UT2500 - 5000

You can install NTA as part of a small deployment, but it is not included in this configuration. Use the Medium Deployment guidelines for NTA.

Orion
server specifications

Physical server or virtual machine

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 8-16 GB RAM
  • 150 GB, 15,000 RPM
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012

The SolarWinds Orion installer installs IIS (32-bit mode) and .NET 4.6.2 if they are not already on your server.

SQL database
server specifications

Physical server recommended

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 100 GB1 (or more) storage in RAID 1+0 configuration (RAID 5 not supported)
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012
  • SQL Server 2017, 2016, 2014, or 2012 Standard Edition

1More or less space may be needed depending on your data retention policies, number of elements measured, and polling frequency.

Medium deployment guidelines

Modules

NPM SL500 - SL2000

NTA for NPM SL2000

  • 50,000 FPS received sustained on the main poller

2 - 4 additional modules:

  • SAM AL700 - AL1100
  • WPM 50 - WPM 200
  • VNQM IPSLA 25 - IPSLA 50 (up to 10,000 operations)
  • NCM DL500 - DL1000
  • IPAM IP16,000
  • UDT UT10,000 - 25,000

Orion
server specifications

Physical server or virtual machine

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 150 GB, 15,000 RPM
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012

The SolarWinds Orion installer installs IIS (32-bit mode) and .NET 4.6.2 if they are not already on your server.

SQL database
server specifications

Physical server recommended

  • Dual quad core processor or better
  • 64 GB RAM
  • 250 GB2 (or more) storage in RAID 1+0 configuration (RAID 5 not supported)
  • Hardware RAID Controller (software RAID not supported)
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012
  • SQL Server 2017, 2016, 2014, or 2012 Standard Edition

NTA Flow Storage database
server specifications

Physical server or virtual machine

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 16 GB3 RAM
  • 100 GB - 1 TB4 of storage capacity on local NTFS disk
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2012

2More or less space may be needed depending on your data retention policies, number of measured elements, and polling frequency.

3Increase the NTA Flow Storage database RAM as the database size increases.

4More or less space may be required, depending on your data retention policies and the number of stored flows. You need approximately 8 GB of additional storage for every 1000 flows retained for 30 days. For example, if you want 50,000 flows stored for 30 days, you need a base of 100 GB plus an additional 400 GB of storage.

NTA-specific information

  • NTA 4.0: if the server is running a 32-bit operating system, NTA 4.0 stores the flow data in the SQL database (NTA Flow Storage database is not installed). For more information, see NTA 4.0 Installation: Frequently Asked Questions.
  • NTA 4.1 requires a 64-bit operating system. SolarWinds recommends a separate NTA Flow Storage database.

Large deployment guidelines

Modules

NPM SLX (with multiple pollers)

NTA for NPM SLX

  • 50,000 FPS received sustained on the main poller
  • Up to 6 pollers (5 in addition to the main poller) for 300,000 FPS received sustained

Any combination of these modules:

  • SAM ALX
    • 1 APE for every 10,000 component monitors
    • Maximum of 50,000 component monitors per primary Orion SAM server + 4 APEs
  • VNQM IPX
    • ~5,000 IP SLA operations per polling engine
  • NCM DLX
    • 1 APE for every 10,000 devices, for NCM 7.1 and later
    • Maximum of 30,000 devices per NCM instance (that is, NCM server + 2 NCM APEs)
  • IPAM IPX
    • 750,000 IP
  • UDT UTX
    • 150,000 ports per polling engine

Orion
server specifications

Physical server or virtual machine (VM)

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 150 GB, 15,000 RPM
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012

The SolarWinds Orion installer installs IIS (32-bit mode) and .NET 4.6.2 if they are not already on your server.

SQL database
server specifications

Physical server recommended

  • Dual/quad core processor or better
  • 128 GB RAM
  • Hardware RAID Controller (software RAID not supported)
  • Disk Subsystem 1 Array 1: 2 x 146 GB 15,000 disks RAID 1 (mirroring) operating system
  • Disk Subsystem 2 Array 2: 2 x 146 GB 15,000 disks RAID 1 (Pagefile + extra storage)
  • Disk Subsystem 3 Array 3: with 6x 15,000 146 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 15,000 146 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
  • Disk Subsystem 5 Array 5: with 4x 15k 146 GB or 300 GB disks configured in a RAID 1+0 array for your tempdb data file
  • Disk Subsystem 6 Array 6: with 4x 15k 146 GB or 300 GB disks configured in a RAID 0 array for your tempdb log file
  • 1 Gb LAN port
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012 Enterprise Edition
  • SQL Server 2017, 2016, 2014, or 2012 Enterprise Edition

NTA Flow Storage database
server specifications

Physical server or virtual machine

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 16 GB3 RAM
  • 100 GB - 1 TB4 of storage capacity on local NTFS disk
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2012

Additional Polling Engine
server specifications

Virtual machine recommended

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 150 GB, 15,000 RPM
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, or 2012

The SolarWinds Orion installer installs IIS (32-bit mode) and .NET 4.6.2 if they are not already on your server.

3Increase the NTA Flow Storage database RAM as the database size increases.

NTA-specific information

  • NTA 4.0: if the server is running a 32-bit operating system, NTA 4.0 stores the flow data in the SQL database (NTA Flow Storage database is not installed). For more information, see NTA 4.0 Installation: Frequently Asked Questions.
  • NTA requires a 64-bit operating system. SolarWinds recommends a separate NTA Flow Storage database.