Documentation forSolarWinds Platform

Complete the Configuration wizard

The following procedure using the Orion Configuration wizard completes and configures your SolarWinds Platform installation.

  • Confirm that you have designated a SQL Server database instance.
  • Confirm that the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager is not open while the Configuration Wizard is running.
  • SolarWinds recommends that you close any and all browsing sessions that may be open to the web console before starting the Configuration Wizard.
  • During configuration, the Orion polling engine will shut down temporarily with the result that, if you are actively polling, you may lose some polling data.
  • SolarWinds recommends that you perform upgrades during off‑peak hours of network usage to minimize the impact of this temporary polling stoppage.
  1. If the Configuration wizard has not loaded automatically, click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds Orion > Configuration Wizard.
  2. Click Next on the Welcome dialog of the Configuration wizard.
  3. If you are prompted to stop services, click Yes.

    To ensure that all updates and changes are installed correctly, it is imperative that you stop all services.

  4. Specify the SQL Server instance you want to use to store network data and click Next to continue.
    1. Select an SQL Server from the list
    2. Select the appropriate authentication method (Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication). For SQL Server Authentication, provide credentials to log into the selected instance.
    • In general, SolarWinds recommends using SQL Server Authentication to ensure that the server can always access the SQL Server, even when it is hosted remotely on a separate server.
    • For more information about database authentication, see Prepare the SolarWinds Platform database server.
  5. Specify the SQL Database:

      SolarWinds recommends against using non‑alphanumeric characters in database names.

    • If you are using an existing database, select Use an existing database, type the database name or select it from the list, and then click Next.
  6. Specify the account for accessing the SQL database:
    • If you want to create a new SQL account for the polling engine and web console to use for accessing the database, select Create a new account, provide an account name and password, confirm the account password, and then click Next.
    • If you want to use an existing SQL account to provide database access to the polling engine and web console, select the existing account, provide the appropriate password, and then click Next.
  7. Specify settings for the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, and then click Next.
    1. If you need to specify a particular IP Address for the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, provide the IP address of the host web server.

      SolarWinds recommends the default (All Unassigned) unless your environment requires a specific IP address for your SolarWinds Platform Web Console.

    2. Specify both the Port through which you want to access the web console and the Website Root Directory into which you want to install web console files.

      If you specify any port other than 80, you must include that port in the URL used to access the web console. For example, if you specify an IP address of and port 8080, the URL used to access the web console is

    3. If you want to enable automatic login using Windows Authentication, select Yes – Enable automatic login using Windows Authentication.

      Manual login using Windows Authentication is always available, regardless of whether or not automatic login is enabled.

  8. If you are prompted to create a new directory, click Yes.
  9. If you are prompted to create a new website, click Yes.

    Choosing to overwrite the existing website will not result in the deletion of any custom website settings you may have previously applied.

  10. Confirm that all services you want to install are selected and click Next to continue.

    Typically, all listed services should be selected for installation.

  11. If you are prompted to disable the SNMP Trap Service and enable the SolarWinds Trap Service, click Yes to disable the (Windows) SNMP Trap Service and enable the SolarWinds Trap Service.
  12. Review the final configuration items, and then click Next.
  13. Click Next on the Completing the Orion Configuration wizard dialog.
  14. Click Finish when the Orion Configuration wizard completes.
  15. Log in to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console as an administrator.
    • By default, until you change your account, you can log in with User name Admin and no password.
    • If you are prompted to install the Toolset integration (SWToolset.exe), click More Options, select a response, and then click Install or Don’t Install, as appropriate.
  16. If you need to discover and add network devices to the SolarWinds Platform database, the Network Discovery Wizard starts. For more information, see Discover and add network devices to SolarWinds Platform.