This article provides an overview for getting started with your SQL Sentry Installation. Here we will list several helpful links to our documentation, blogs, and important SolarWinds account links to help guide you through the process. For information about SQL Sentry Pricing, or to download a free trial, visit SQL Sentry | SolarWinds.
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A basic SQL Sentry installation consists of three components:
|SQL Sentry Component
|SQL Sentry Client
|The SQL Sentry Client displays the historical and real-time data for your monitored targets that is collected by the SQL Sentry Database.
|SentryOne Monitoring Service
|The SentryOne Monitoring Service remotely collects data from the target servers and writes that data to the SQL Sentry Database.
|SQL Sentry Database
|The SQL Sentry Database collects and retains performance data for your monitored targets.
The account used for running the SentryOne Monitoring Service should be a domain account and needs to have local Windows Admin and Sys Admin rights on all the target server(s) that you want to monitor.
SQL Sentry requires several ports open to collect data from target servers.
SQL Sentry Client users need allow_all permissions to the SQL Sentry Database for full access to the information collected by the SentryOne Monitoring Service. Visibility and functionality for individual users can be restricted through Rights-based or Role-based security in the SQL Sentry Client.
Before installing SQL Sentry, check the System Requirements to ensure your system meets the minimum standards to run SQL Sentry. SolarWinds recommends that a dedicated VM should host the SQL Sentry components and that no SQL Sentry components be installed directly on production servers. If a dedicated VM hosting the SQL Sentry components isn't possible, a testing or development server that does not have a heavy workload could work for an evaluation or proof of concept.
For more information about recommended system spec information for your SQL Sentry installation, see the SQL Sentry Installation Recommendations article.
Our two options for cross-domain monitoring are Site Configuration and Pass-Through Authentication. SolarWinds always recommends Site Configuration because Pass-Through Authentication behavior can be inconsistent.
SQL Sentry Portal is a browser-based option for accessing your SQL Sentry environment data that uses your existing SQL Sentry database.