Prepare for the installation
Before you install WHD, complete the pre-installation checklist below. This checklist helps you:
- Verify that system requirements are met, all required software is installed, and required roles and features are enabled.
- Gather the information required to complete the installation.
|Review the release notes||Review the WHD release notes located on the Success Center.|
|Review the system requirements||
Make sure your environment meets the hardware, software, and database requirements for the installation.
|(Optional) Review the system requirements and procedures for a FIPS installation||If you plan to enable Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2) cryptography in your deployment, see Enable FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptography in the WHD Administrator Guide for additional requirements and procedures.|
|Notify your company||Send a message to your company about the installation schedule and maintenance window. If you need additional help, contact and allocate staff to be available.|
|Create a standard access account
If you are new to SolarWinds, create a standard access account on the Customer Portal.
|Check for anti-virus software||
Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server or servers where you plan to install the application. To ensure the installation goes smoothly, exclude the SolarWinds directory.
For example, on Windows Server 2012 R2, exclude
Do not exclude executable files. SolarWinds assumes that
|Gather WHD credentials||
Make sure you have all account credentials, SQL database credentials, your SolarWinds account, and local admin server credentials.
Use the Local Administrator Account for installation.
The Local Administrator account is not the same as a domain account with local admin rights. A domain account is subject to your domain group policies.
To download SolarWinds products and licenses, you need a SolarWinds Customer Portal account.
Verify the server collation setting
(SQL Server database only)
If you are installing WHD for the first time, verify that the server collation in your SQL Server database is set to case insensitive. If the server collation is set to case sensitive, open SQL Server Management Studio and create a new SQL Server database with the server collation set to case insensitive.
See Prepare the WHD database for details.
Gather Orion Platform credentials
(Orion integration deployment only)
Obtain sysadmin rights to the Orion server and any additional servers, including High Availability (HA) server pairs, Additional Polling Engines, and Additional Web Server.
Required: Check the footer in the Orion Web Console and verify that the Orion Platform is running version 2016.1 or 2017.1 and later. WHD requires either version to integrate SolarWinds alerts into trouble tickets.
|Schedule the installation||
Set up the maintenance window, preferably during off-peak hours. Depending on the number of products, size of databases, and size of environment, you may need additional time to complete the installation.
Installations in an existing Orion Platform environment require polling engines and SolarWinds services to be offline for a length of time. This may cause you to lose a portion of polling data.
|Open ports according to requirements||For the firewall and server ports, open the required ports based on the server port requirements described in the installation requirements. SolarWinds uses these ports to send and receive data.|
|Prepare the product license||
If you need to modify your licenses, contact your SolarWinds account manager or SolarWinds Customer Sales.