DPA installation overview

To install DPA, complete the following tasks.

For information about upgrading DPA, see Prepare to upgrade DPA

1. Prepare for the installation. Complete the preflight checklist to plan for the installation and prepare your environment.
2. Install DPA.

You can install DPA on any of the following platforms:

3. Create the repository database.

The repository database stores the performance data that DPA collects. You can create the repository on any of the following database types:

After installation, complete the following tasks to begin monitoring database instances:

1. Register database instances.

Register each database instance you want to monitor.

You can monitor database instances without licenses during the 14-day trial period. After the trial period, you must allocate a license for each database instance to continue monitoring.

2. Purchase and allocate licenses.
  1. Evaluate how many licenses of each type you need.
  2. Purchase licenses from your sales representative, and download them from the Customer Portal.

    If you have not yet created a SolarWinds account, see Access the Customer Portal to create an account.

  3. Allocate licenses to each database instance.

3. Begin monitoring database instances.

See the DPA Getting Started Guide for a walk-though of performing common tasks in DPA. For example: