Do you have any idea how large your monitored network is? What kind of objects are you looking to monitor?
For more information, see "Orion Server Hardware Requirements", "Orion Server Software Requirements", "Requirements for the Orion Database Server (SQL Server)", and "Server Sizing" in the SolarWinds Orion NPM Administrator Guide.HTH,
- we recommend using a full SQL Server installation, due to the 4GB limit on SQL Express DBs.
- a single NPM polling engine, deployed as outlined in the System Requirements can handle up to ~8000 objects.
I am not positive on this, but at one time the SQL light version would only allow you to use one processor/core. Depending on how many nodes you have, that can really slow down the SQL performance,
No question, you should use the full version. Even if you could get away with it now you may need it later. Moving it is not the worst thing in the world it would just be more to do.