Virtualization Manager 8.0 System Requirements

Important: These system requirements define the minimum requirements for VMAN 8.0 and its integration with the Orion Platform as a single installed product. For further deployment and scaling information, see the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Deployment Guide.

If you are adding VMAN to an existing Orion Platform with multiple Orion Platform products, see the Multi-module system guidelines.

Integrated with Orion Platform system requirements

Review the following requirements for the integrated version of Virtualization Manager. Before you integrate VMAN, make sure the Orion Platform server meets the following requirements.

Do not install Orion Platform products on the same server as SolarWinds Access Rights Manager (ARM).

Software or Hardware Requirement
Operating System

Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

For evaluation only:

Windows 8.1 (except Standard edition)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 (except Standard edition)

Windows 10

CPU 3.0 GHz

8 GB

Recommendations also requires an additional 8 GB.


20 GB (up to 3000 virtual machines)

30 GB (up to 6000 virtual machines)

40 GB (up to 10 000 virtual machines)

If you have more than 3000 virtual machines, SolarWinds recommends adding an APE with the same specifications as the Main Polling Engine for each 3000 VMs.

.NET Framework .NET 4.6.2
SQL Server

SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 SP1, SP2, SP3

SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 SP1

SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2017


Internet Explorer version 11 and Edge

Mozilla Firefox two latest versions

Google Chrome two latest versions

End of Support Notices

For information about supported versions of SolarWinds products, see this article.

Type Details
Microsoft SQL Server

SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 are no longer supported as your database server as of this release.

SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade directly to SQL 2016 at your earliest convenience.

Microsoft Windows Server You cannot install SolarWinds Orion products on Windows Server 2008 R2 as of this release. SolarWinds recommends that you upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 at your earliest convenience.
Export to PDF feature

The Export to PDF button is no longer available.

SolarWinds recommends that you use the Save as PDF functionality built into your browser.

Virtualization Manager appliance system requirements

The following information is valid for existing VMAN installations using the VMAN appliance. Install VMAN on a VM that meets the following requirements.

Software or Hardware Requirement
Virtualization software

VMware vSphere 5.x or later

VMware ESXi 5.x or later, managed or unmanaged hosts

VMware vCenter 6.5

VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6.5


Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Virtualization Manager only supports the default, English localization of Hyper-V.

CPU 2 GHz quad-core
Virtual CPUs

4 vCPUs


8 GB or more.

Review the following scaling memory recommendations based on monitored ESX hosts and VMs:

Number of ESX Hosts Number of VMs Memory
100 1000 8 GB
125 1250 10 GB
150 1500 12 GB
175 1750 14 GB
200 2000 16 GB
> 200 > 2000 Contact Support


Disk space

200 GB or more recommended.

At the default collection interval, a virtualized environment containing 1000 VMs and 100 hosts requires 40 GB of storage during the first month, and an additional 60 GB of storage over the next five years.

To estimate the disk space requirements over time, download the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Storage Calculator.

Virtual NIC

1 Gigabit vNIC

Port requirements

The following ports are required for the VMAN appliance. If you use a federated collector as a proxy, see the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide for port requirements.

Inbound ports on the master appliance:

Inbound port Usage
443 or 80 Performing auto-upgrade or version upgrade on federated collectors, if federated collectors are configured.
8983 Access from federated collectors to the master appliance during initial setup.
443 HTTPS access to the VMAN user interface.
5480 HTTPS access to the Management Console.
61616 Active MQ master-collector communication.
22 SSH access to the virtual appliance.

Outbound ports on the master appliance:

Outbound port Usage
162 Sending SNMP traps.
25 Sending emails through SMTP.
389 Active Directory authentication.
3268 LDAP authentication.

Communication with the SolarWinds Orion server if the integration with Orion is enabled.

If you use Virtualization Manager integrated with NPM or SAM in an environment with multiple polling engines and federated collectors, open TCP port 17778 from the primary collector to every polling engine that is used to poll virtualization data.

123 Using the NTP service.

Virtual machine and server requirements

The virtual machine requirements are identical to the physical server requirements.

Plan for an evaluation installation

The evaluation version of VMAN is a full version of the product, functional for 30 days. After the evaluation period, you can easily convert your evaluation license to a production license by obtaining and applying a license key. The VMAN license supports the integration with the Orion Platform.

Installing the evaluation version requires the same requirements, installation steps, and configurations as the full licensed version:

  • The VMAN evaluation can be integrated with an existing Orion Platform environment
  • The existing environment must have a full or evaluation version of Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Sever & Application Monitor (SAM), or Network Configuration Manager (NCM) installed
  • Create or modify accounts and permissions as required for VMAN
  • For evaluations only, you can install on systems with the following OS versions:
Evaluation and production environments Evaluation environments only

Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows 8.1 (except Standard edition)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 (except Standard edition)

Windows 10