Documentation forDatabase Mapper
Effective February 28, 2024, Database Mapper has reached its end of life and is no longer available or supported. If you liked Database Mapper, consider trying another SolarWinds product.

Database Mapper Licensing

EOL: An end of life announcement has been made for Database Mapper on February 28, 2023. See the Solarwinds End of Life Policy for more information.

Database Mapper is licensed per data source. Database Mapper supports most Microsoft Data Platform sources, including the following items:

  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Power BI
  • Excel

Note:  For more information about the data sources you can monitor to generate documentation and the process to add those solution items, see the Solution Items article.

The Features available to you within Database Mapper are based on your license tier. The lists below display the license tiers available in Database Mapper, and their available Features.

Premium Licensing

The following features are available for Premium Licensing

  • Database Documentation
  • Documentation Search
  • Documentation History
  • Metadata Snapshot Comparison
  • Historical metadata snapshots
  • Data Dictionary
  • Impact Analysis
  • Data Lineage Analysis
  • Exporting Documentation

Unsupported: Essentials and Standard Licensing for Database Mapper are no longer available for purchase.

Essentials Licensing

The following features are available for Essentials Licensing:

  • Database Documentation
  • Documentation Search
  • Exporting Documentation

Standard Licensing

The following features are available for Standard Licensing

  • Database Documentation
  • Documentation Search
  • Documentation History
  • Metadata Snapshot Comparison
  • Historical metadata snapshots
  • Data Dictionary
  • Exporting Documentation

SolarWinds License Manager Online Activation

Important:  You do not need to activate a license if you are using the free evaluation trial for Database Mapper.

Activate your SolarWinds Database Mapper Software product by completing the following steps:

  1. Launch the SolarWinds License Manager (this was installed with the Database Mapper Software).SolarWinds License Manager from Windows Start Menu
  2. Select Activate from the Action column on the SolarWinds Database Mapper Software Evaluation row.SolarWinds License Manager with Activate Link for Database Mapper
  3. If you have internet access and your activation key from the SolarWinds Customer Portal, select the first option, enter your Activation Key (and proxy server information, if required), then select Next
    Enter Database Mapper license Activation Key
  4. Enter your contact information to register SolarWinds Database Mapper, then select Next.
    Register SolarWinds Database Mapper (email is required)
  5. Your SolarWinds Database Mapper Software is now licensed and activated, select Finish to return to the SolarWinds License Manager.
  6. Select Exit to close SolarWinds License Manager.

Success: Database Mapper is now ready to be launched through your browser.

SolarWinds License Manager Offline Activation

Important:  You do not need to activate a license if you are using the free evaluation trial for Database Mapper.

Use the SolarWinds License Manager to activate a new license key or upgrade your trial license. Activate your license on an offline machine by completing the following steps:

1. Use the Windows Start menu to open SolarWinds License Manager.

Note:  If you have an existing license, the Action will have an Upgrade option. If you have an evaluation license or just upgraded from a SentryOne licensed version of Database Mapper and need to apply a SolarWinds branded license, the Action will have an Activate option.

2.  To apply a license, use the Upgrade or Activate option. 
SolarWinds License Manager Upgrade license

3. Select the This server does not have internet access option and then select Next to continue.
 SolarWinds License Manager offline manual activation

4. Complete the steps on the Activate Product page:

1. Select Copy Unique Machine ID and then paste the id into a text editor. Save the .txt document, and then move the document onto a machine with internet access.SolarWinds License Manager Copy Unique Machine ID

Note:  You can transfer the document to a shared location, or copy the document onto a portal drive for transfer.

2. On your machine with internet access, log into the SolarWinds customer portal, select Licenses > Manage Licenses, and then navigate to the product you are trying to activate.

3. Select Activate license manually to open the Manage License Activation page. SolarWinds License Management Activate license manually

4. Paste the unique machine id from your .txt file into the Unique Machine ID field. Enter a computer name for your machine, and then select Generate License File.SolarWinds License Management Generate License File

5. Select Download Activation File, and then move the file onto your offline machine.SolarWinds Manage License Activation Download Activation File

Note:  A copy of the download file is emailed to the email associated with your SolarWinds customer account.SolarWinds Software License File email example

5. Select Browse, select the location of your license key file, and then select Next to continue.
SolarWinds License Manager Activate Product Next 

6. Select Finish to activate your license.
SolarWinds License Manager Finish

7. Select Exit to close the SolarWinds License Manager.

Viewing your License Status

View the number of items you are currently documenting, and the number of remaining items you can document on the License Status page. Select the User Management button, then select License Status to open your License Status page.  

Database Mapper License Status page

Note:  A message will display notifying you if your license has expired. Database Mapper Your license has expired message

Used Data Sources

The License status page displays the following information about your environment:

Data Source TypeThe type of data source that is consuming part of your Database Mapper license.
Data Source IdentifierThe identifier assigned to the selected Database Mapper data source.
Solution ItemsA list of solution items that are within the data source type.

Important:  Removing a solution item does not free license space if you have already generated documentation for the data source. To fully remove a data source from your license, you must delete the solution, and solution item(s) for the desired data source to delete any existing documentation tied to that source.