You will find that PA Storage Monitor is very easy to set up and use. You just choose a directory to install into, press Next a few times, and you're done.
The product installs completely within it's own directory, with the exception of the optional Microsoft SQL Server Native Client, which is a system component and uses a Microsoft installer. The SQL Native Client is not required, and can be installed later.
PA Storage Monitor doesn't take up much disk space. However, it records information to databases that can grow large depending on how many monitors you have and how long you keep the data. By default, the directory structure will look like this:
PA Storage Monitor uses an embedded database by default. You can choose to store the bulk of your data in an MS SQL Server database if you wish.
For the embedded database's performance and integrity, it's recommended to keep the Database directory on a local NTFS drive. Putting the Database directory on a remote server via a network share is not recommended.
You can choose to move the Databases and Reports directory at a later time via the Database Settings dialog.
After the product is installed, a Startup Wizard for PA Storage Monitor will guide you in setting up your first few monitors and actions. It will be helpful to have the following available: