Documentation forDatabase Performance Analyzer

How do I get started with DPA?

Welcome to the Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) Getting Started Guide.

To learn about performance monitoring with DPA, SolarWinds recommends that you complete the following tasks:

Install DPA and create the database repository.

See the DPA Installation and Upgrade Guide for system requirements, planning checklists, gotchas, and installation or upgrade instructions.

Register the database instances you want to monitor.

Investigate performance issues.

Set up alerts to monitor database performance.

Create reports to track the effects of your tuning efforts and share your progress with others.
After evaluating DPA, activate a license for each instance you want to monitor.
Integrate DPA with the Orion Platform

When you have finished this guide, see Beyond Getting Started with DPA for information about other DPA functionality.

Existing customers: Access your licensed software from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. If you need any implementation help, contact our Support Reps.

Evaluators: Download your free 14-day evaluation from If you need assistance with your evaluation, contact