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The SolarWinds Service Desk (SWSD) Discovery Agent runs as a service. After the agent is installed, it automatically updates any and all core libraries it runs on, as well as future enhancements (code).
Use the information in the following sections to install the Discovery Agent on a single Windows computer. After you complete the deployment and setup procedures on one computer, you can perform a mass deployment to install the agent on host devices throughout your organization.
Setup > Discovery & Assets > Installation.
Ensure that the following prerequisite requirements are met before installing.
The Discovery Agent is supported on the following platforms:
- Windows 7.x
- Windows 8.x
- Windows 10
- Windows 11
SolarWinds supports the following Windows Server operating systems:
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (October 2009)
- Windows Server 2012 (September 2012)
- Windows Server 2012 R2 (October 2013)
- Windows Server 2016 (September 2016)
- Windows Server 2019 (October 2018)
The following domains and ports must be allowed.
|Purpose||Destination IP||TCP/UDP||Destination Port||Protocol|
|Report asset data to the SWSD platform||
|Obtain the external IP address for monitored devices||opendns.com||UDP||53||DNS|
Group policy requirements
Be aware that if your IT organization has a group policy that would restrict an application being installed from automatically creating itself as an NT service, the policy needs to allow the NT SERVICE/SamanageAgent to run as a service.
The first step in the installation process is to download the Discovery Agent (MSI or EXE). After downloading, you have the following options for installing it on a single computer:
- Run the MSI file.
- Run the Discovery Agent EXE Setup wizard
- Perform silent installation using a command line.
Navigate to Setup > Discovery & Assets > Installation.
To the right of Discovery Agent Windows, click Download MSI/EXE file.
From the dropdown, select the file type you want to download (MSI or EXE) and save it to your local computer.
Run the file you downloaded:
If you downloaded the MSI file, you can open the file to install on your local computer.
If you downloaded the EXE file, you need to run the Discovery Agent Setup wizard.
Open the MSI file and follow instructions.
You can also perform a silent installation of the MSI file. See Silent MSI Install.
Review the installation prerequisites and employ all required corporate security measures in your deployment.
Launch the Discovery Agent wizard.
At the Welcome message, click Next to begin.
If you agree with the license agreement, select I accept the agreement, and then click Next.
In the Ready to Install dialog, click Next.
When prompted, click Finish to complete the installation.
When the installation is complete, the Discovery Agent runs an inventory scan for the first time. This may take several minutes to complete.
The agent then begins reporting on the preconfigured parameters (for example, hardware and software). It may take a few moments for the information to display in your SWSD instance.
If you want to install the Discovery Agent using a Windows command line, perform the following steps:
Navigate to the Download folder.
Execute the installer with the mode unattended and proxy command line arguments.
"<folder>\Solarwinds_Discovery_Agent_<version>_installer.exe" --mode unattended --enable_proxy 1 --proxy_address [address] --proxy_port [port] --proxy_username [username] --proxy_password [password]
Replace [address], [port], [username], [password] with the appropriate information based on the related proxy.Be aware that SWSD cannot pick proxy settings automatically. Proxy settings are saved to the configuration file and are used for agent communication.
You can also choose to perform a silent installation of the MSI file.
msiexec /i c:\softwares\Solarwinds_Discovery_Agent_2.0.76_2.0.8_1056_480_installer.msi /qn [password]
After the single deployment is complete, you can perform a mass deployment. See Agent installation for mass deployment.
To uninstall the Discovery Agent, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program. Select the agent and complete the uninstall procedure.
Uninstall using command line
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Solarwinds Discovery Agent\uninstall.exe"
For silent uninstall use
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Solarwinds Discovery Agent\uninstall.exe" --mode unattended
After you enable the Discovery Agent, the agent inventory automatically updates every 24 hours. The agent runs as a Windows service and triggers a refresh based on that schedule.
To optimize for outbound bandwidth utilization, the agents randomize the next inventory refresh within a 24-hour time frame. This process prevents all agents from reporting at the same time.
Optionally, you can force the agent on a targeted machine to manually push an update. To push the update, open a Command Prompt window and run the following commands or copy the code into the prompt. If the prompt does not return an error message, the procedure completed successfully.
"c:\Program Files (x86)\Solarwinds Discovery Agent\agent\ruby\bin\ruby.exe" "c:\Program Files (x86)\Solarwinds Discovery Agent\agent\src\mini_kernel\cmd.rb" -f