Speeding up multiple SolarWinds Orion Products Installations

I stumbled across an article called Install Orion products in unattended or silent mode that made me so happy because I install new Orion servers about 4 times a month.  There are only so many time I want to click “Next,” “Next”, “Finish” in any given day.  So, since I do this so often, I wanted to script this out.  The big two takeaways from this article are that you run the installer silently and can skip the Configuration Wizard from running after installation.

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Building my Orion Server [VMware Scripting Edition] – Step 1

This is part 1 of a multi-part post on updates that I’ve made to How I Build an Orion Server.  Primarily, it will be three parts.  If you need this for a Hyper-V environment, I’ve got that script as well.

  1. Building my Orion Servers in VMware
  2. Configuring the disks on the VM after OS install
  3. Configuring the VM with the new disks

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Building my Orion Server [Scripting Edition] – Step 3

This is it.  The endgame.  Here I’ll give you the final steps in configuring my server.  We started with creating the virtual machine then moved to configuring the disks.  We’re at the end – where’s it’s time to do the final configurations.

In summary, we’re going to do several steps here.  They pretty much follows my other guide step-by-step, so I’ll be brief in covering them here.

  1. Variable Declaration
  2. Installing Windows Features
  3. Enabling Disk Performance Metrics
  4. Installing some Utilities
  5. Copying the IIS Folders to a new Location
  6. Enable Deduplication (optional)
  7. Removing unnecessary IIS Websites and Application Pools
  8. Tweaking the IIS Settings
  9. Tweaking the ASP.NET Settings
  10. Creating a location for the TFTP and SFTP Roots (for NCM)
  11. Configuring Folder Redirection
  12. Pre-installing ODBC Drivers (for SAM Templates)

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Building my Orion Server [Scripting Edition] – Step 2

In Step 1 of this series, I showed off the PowerShell scripts that I use to create a new Orion Server VM on Hyper-V.  Now we are on to configuring the disks.

As before, we have a boot drive and 4 additional drives which will contain various data files.  We first need to bring the disks online and initialize them.

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Building my Orion Server [Hyper-V Scripting Edition] – Step 1

This is part 1 of a multi-part post on updates that I’ve made to How I Build an Orion Server.  Primarily, it will be three parts.  If you have VMware, I’ve also got a script edition for that as well.

  1. Building my Orion Servers in Hyper-V
  2. Configuring the disks on the VM after OS install
  3. Configuring the VM with the new disks

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Getting information about MSI files

Today I ran into an interesting continuous integration-type scenario.  One of the skunkworks projects that I’m looking at internally yields frequent builds of MSI files for the same product.  These MSI files are automatically generated (sometimes daily) by our source control system.

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Spider my Orion Pages with PowerShell & SWQL

A few days ago, I spoke before a small group of people about what I’d been doing with the Orion SDK.  I mentioned that I had created a Spider-Orion script that I use to navigate to every page in my install.  When I mentioned this script several people asked where it was published.  The short answer – here.

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Where are my Exchange 2016 Performance Counters?

So in my lab, I’ve got a handful of Exchange Servers and I’m monitoring them with my SolarWinds Orion Server. I did all the basics that I normally do when troubleshooting an Application Template that doesn’t seem to be pulling data properly and then I finally got on the server itself and checked for the … Read more

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