Network Application SolarWinds install


I've crammed through all the SolarWinds admin guides for pre-requisites and they all suggest a few gigs and one or two CPU based on license level. However, we are installing all modules NPM, NTA, SAM, UDT and NCM on one server. Are the resource requirements additive or still based on the number of nodes or licenses?

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Mostly it is "no special requirements" under 1000 monitored nodes.
Probably add a gigabyte of RAM for each new TLA you typed, say 8GB basic virtual machine will do fine.

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You do get a year's support with Solarwinds purchases. They will be happy (I know because I had the same question) to assist you in proper requirements so I suggest you open a case with them.
snyderkvAuthor Commented:
Ok will do, so what did they tell you regarding that question?
Leon AdatoHead GeekCommented:
Adding a little more background here, even if it's a little late.

First, putting all the modules on a single server is the BEST way to go - it's designed to work together and you end up with weird overlap issues if you try to split things out without a good reason.

Second, my go-to config for the polling engine - especially with the number of modules you are running - is a virtual machine with 8 CPU and 12-16Gb RAM. Make sure you have at least 100Gb disk on the C: drive (even if you don't install the software on C:) because \programdata\solarwinds fills up with logfiles.

Also make sure your database is on a SEPARATE machine, preferably physical unless you are an absolute WIZARD at running virtualized MS-SQL instances. Also for the DB, go with RAID 0 or 1+0. Do not go RAID 5.

After that, keep an eye on the machine to make sure it's not running away from you without realizing it. Settings, Polling Engine will tell you the number of components and the polling completion % and such. Plus good old Task Manager.

If you want to be less manual, there are custom reports available on Thwack (more on that) that give you poller health details. Finally, since you have SAM, there is actually a SAM template for SolarWinds polling engines. Use it.

For more information, you can check out as well as
snyderkvAuthor Commented:
Thanks again. Everything is up and running but with a 80gb C drive so I may have to extend that. Not worried about resources as our last build was running on 4GB of ram for years so this new one should be plenty.
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