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Install LEM on VMware vSphere

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Updated: August 30, 2017

These instructions provide steps for installing the Log & Event Manager VM on VMware vSphere. SolarWinds provides separate installation packages for Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, so check that you downloaded the correct version.

Complete the LEM installation preflight before installing LEM.

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Double-click the evaluation EXE file that you downloaded previously. This step will extract the required files and tools to a folder on your desktop.

The "How to Install" page opens automatically.

To return to this page after it is closed, go to %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\SolarWinds Log and Event Manager\html\install_now.hta

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  1. Start the VMware vSphere Client and log in with VMware administrator privileges.
  2. Deploy the open virtualization format (OVF) template.

  3. Open the SolarWinds Log & Event Manager folder located on your desktop and double-click:

    Deploy First—LEM Virtual Appliance.ova

  4. Complete the setup wizard.

    When prompted, select the Thin Provisioned disk format.

    Thin provisioning offers more performance flexibility than thick provisioning, but requires more oversight than thick provisioning. Thin provisioning provides increased performance by dedicating physical storage space.

  5. Map the network interface card (NIC) to the appropriate network.
  6. When the OVF deployment is completed, click Finish.

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  1. Select the SolarWinds Log and Event Manager virtual appliance and click Play.

  2. Click the Console tab.

The LEM VM starts.

After LEM starts, write down the IP Address of the VM. You will be able to change the IP address later during the configuration phase.

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See Set up the first LEM Manager instance in the web console  in the LEM Administrator Guide.


Following installation, the default LEM host name is swi-lem. To change the default host name and IP address settings, see Run the activate command to secure LEM and configure network settings in the LEM Administrator Guide.

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