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Install Kiwi CatTools

Updated: February 20, 2018

Use the following information to prepare the environment, install Kiwi CatTools, and enter a license key.

Prepare the server

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Verify that the server meets the hardware and software requirements.

checkbox.gif Run all Windows updates Check for and run all Microsoft Windows Updates on the server. If a Windows update runs, your system might reboot.
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Verify that the server's firewall allows traffic to pass through the required ports for Kiwi CatTools.

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Determine if any antivirus software is installed on the server where you plan to install Kiwi CatTools. Exclude the SolarWinds directory. For example, on Windows Server 2012 R2, exclude the directory:


For a full list of antivirus exclusions, see Files and directories to exclude from antivirus scanning.

Do not exclude executable files. SolarWinds assumes that C:\ is the default volume.


Follow these instructions to install Kiwi CatTools.

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  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

    If you do not have a SolarWinds account, see Access the Customer Portal to create an account.

  2. Locate Kiwi CatTools under Latest Downloads for Your Products.
  3. Click Choose Download.

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  1. Log in to your server as an administrator.
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file to the server.
  3. Run Kiwi_CatTools_<version>.setup.exe.

    If .NET Framework 3.5 is not installed, you are prompted to install it. Click Download and install this feature. Then restart Kiwi_CatTools_<version>.setup.exe.

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  1. On the Welcome dialog box, click Next.
  2. If you agree with the license agreement, click Next.
  3. Specify whether you want to install Kiwi CatTools as a service or an application.
    • Installation as a service allows the program to run without the need for a user to log in to Windows. This option also installs CatTools Manager which is used to control the service.
    • Installation as an application requires a user to log in to Windows before running the program.
  4. If you are installing Kiwi CatTools as a Service:
    1. Select Install CatTools as a Service, and click Next.
    2. Choose to install the service using either the local system account or an admin account.
    3. If installing using an administrator account, enter the account's user name and password.
    4. Click Next.
  5. If you are installing Kiwi CatTools as an Application:
    1. Select Install CatTools as an Application.
    2. Click Next.
  6. Select the shortcuts to create, and click Next.
  7. Specify the installation location, and click Install.

The installer displays status messages as Kiwi CatTools is installed.

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Click Finish to close the Kiwi CatTools Setup Wizard and open the Kiwi CatTools Manager.

Next steps

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