Register a SQL Server database instance
Complete the following tasks to register an individual SQL Server database instance for monitoring with DPA.
- If you are monitoring a SQL Server Availability Group (AG), see Registration and licensing options for clustered environments.
- You can use mass registration to registrations to register multiple database instances, or you can register database instances using scripts that call the DPA API.
Identify the privileged user
When you register a database instance with the registration wizard, you must provide the credentials of a privileged user. During registration, the privileged user either creates the monitoring user or grants the required privileges to an existing user that you designate as the monitoring user. DPA does not store the credentials of the privileged user.
For self-managed SQL Server database instances, the privileged user requires the following privileges:
To register an instance without granting the
SYSADMIN role, see Register a SQL Server instance for DPA monitoring without the sysadmin role.
Complete the registration wizard
- On the DPA homepage, click Register DB Instance for Monitoring.
- Under Self-Managed, click Microsoft SQL Server.
- Click Next.
- Complete the wizard panels as described in the following table.
|Enter Monitored Database Instance Connection Information||
SSL is requested by default. If the server does not support SSL, a plain connection is used.
Are you receiving errors? See DPA for SQL Server installation troubleshooting.
|Enter the Monitoring User||
Create or specify the account that DPA will use to gather information. To ensure that the account has the required permissions, SolarWinds recommends creating a new account.
To create a new account:
To specify an existing account:
You can also authenticate using a Windows Computer Account.
For SQL Server authentication, only the user name is required. Do not specify a domain.
|Oracle Repository Tablespace||
If your repository database is not Oracle, the wizard skips this step.
Choose the tablespace in the repository database to store DPA performance data for this monitored instance.
By default, the performance data is stored in the default tablespace of the repository user. However, data for monitored instances can be stored in separate tablespaces.
|Select the Alert Groups||
If you have no Alert Groups set up, or if this new database instance does not match the database type of the Alert Group, the wizard skips this step.
Alert Groups simplify alert configuration and help make alerting more consistent across the monitored database instances.
Select the Alert Groups you want the new database instance to join.
|Summary||Review the information and click Register Database Instance.|
|Database Instance Registration Complete||Click Finish to return to the DPA homepage.|
If you register a database instance within the 14-day trial period, DPA begins monitoring the instance immediately. After the trial period, you must activate a license to monitor the database instance.