Documentation forSolarWinds Platform

Modify global agent deployment and update settings

This topic applies only to the following SolarWinds Platform products:

Hybrid Cloud Observability EssentialsHybrid Cloud Observability Advanced


Before you deploy agents or upgrade your SolarWinds Platform server, review the global agent settings to make sure the settings are appropriate for your environment. Additional agent settings can be modified locally on the agent.

Navigate to the Global Agent Settings page

  1. Click Settings > All Settings in the menu bar.

  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click Agent & Remote Collector.

    On Orion Platform 2020.2 and earlier, click Agent Settings.

  3. Click Define Global Agent Settings.

Allow automatic agent registration

Select this option to register agents with the SolarWinds Platform server automatically when you use an Orion account without Administrator Rights to install agents. Registered agents can communicate with the SolarWinds Platform server.

When this setting is not selected and you install agents with a non-Orion administrator account, you must register waiting agents manually. Click Settings > All Settings > Manage Agents > Add Agent > Connect to a previously installed agent.

Agents installed using an Orion administrator account always attempt to register the agents automatically.

Automatically create node

When you deploy an agent on a new node, the node is automatically added to your SolarWinds Platform server.

Allow automatic agent updates

(Recommended, enabled by default) Select this option to automatically upgrade the agent software when updates are available. This process pushes a new version of the agent to client computers over the agent communication channel. After the agent receives the new version, it updates itself. This process typically does not require rebooting.

  • If you do not enable this option, you will need to manually upgrade agents during product upgrades.
  • If you have deployed a large number of agents and you have had bandwidth issues in the past, you may want to disable this option when you upgrade your products and manually upgrade agents in batches.
  • Outdated agents may not be able to communicate with the server. Ensure all agent versions match the version of the server.

XX Hours

Control the length of time the agents are considered new in the Manage Agents list.