Documentation forHybrid Cloud Observability Essentialsand Log Analyzer

LA 2.1 system requirements

The following are the system requirements for Log Analyzer (LA) 2.1. This version of LA uses Orion Platform version 2019.2. For more information on Orion Platform system requirements, see the Orion Platform system requirements.

In addition to the requirements below, most LA monitoring requires the monitored server be polled by an Orion Agent for Windows.

Type Requirements
Operating System
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (evaluation only)
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (evaluation only)

End-of-support notice: Orion Platform 2018.4 and 2019.2 products are no longer compatible with Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. To use the new features introduced in Orion Platform 2019.2, upgrade your environment at your earliest convenience.

Operating System language
  • English (UK or US)
LA database

Physical server or virtual machine

  • Quad core processor or better
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 100 GB - 1 TB of storage capacity on local NTFS disk
  • 1 x 1 Gb dedicated NIC
  • Windows Server 2016 or 2019, Standard or Datacenter Edition

    As of Orion Platform 2019.2, you can use Azure SQL as your database server.

  • Disk requirements: 100-130 GB/day (@1000 EPS) on local NTFS disk

    Estimate required storage size based on EPS expectation and desired retention. For example, 1 TB capacity for default retention period (7 days).

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP1 or later
  • Supported collations:
    • English with collation setting SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS
    • English with collation setting SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CS_AS
Authentication Either mixed-mode or Windows authentication. If you require SQL authentication, you must enable mixed mode on your SQL server.

LA/Orion server:

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


Quad core processor or better

  • Required: 4 cores
  • Recommended: 8 cores

Do not enable Physical Address Extension (PAE).

Hard drive space

15 GB minimum 40 GB recommended

Two 146 GB 15K (RAID 1/Mirrored Settings) hard drives are recommended with a dedicated drive for the server operating system and SolarWinds installation.

During upgrades, the installer needs 2 GB of free space.

Some common files may need to be installed on the same drive as your server operating system. You may want to move or expand the Windows temporary directories.

  • 8 GB minimum
  • 16 GB recommended

LA agent requirements

Agent software is free. Licensing occurs through your product and is usually based on the number of monitored elements.

Before you deploy agents to a target computer, review the following system requirements.

Type Windows
Operating System

Only 64-bit operating systems are supported.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

Only Pro, Enterprise, and Ultimate workstation
operating systems editions are supported.

Hard drive space Approximately 100 MB of hard drive space on the target computer.
Other software

The following software packages are installed by the agent installer if necessary:

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package for 32-bit or 64-bit
  • .NET Framework 4.0 (You must install this manually if you are installing an agent on Windows Server 2008 R2 or earlier or Windows Core
  • .NET Framework 4.5 (Required for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and later)

The VeriSign Root Certificate Authority (CA) must be current. This is required because the agent software is signed using a VeriSign certificate.

After the agent is installed, it runs as a Local System account and does not require administrative permissions to function.


Agents can tolerate up to 500 ms of latency between the remote computer and the SolarWinds Platform server.

Cloud instance requirements for the LA database in Azure

The cloud instance requirements match the requirements for the LA database server above.

Azure Storage Disk volumes are not your dedicated hardware. Consider using Azure Reserved Instances of storage disk volumes for SQL servers.