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Install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NTA

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Updated: March 14, 2017

The SolarWinds NTA evaluation version is a full version of the product, functional for 30 days. After the evaluation period, you can convert your evaluation license to a production license by obtaining and applying a license key.

For evaluation installations only, you can install SolarWinds NTA Flow Storage Database and SolarWinds NTA on the same server. SolarWinds NTA checks your server configuration and informs you if it does not meet the minimum requirements. If you receive the warning, consider upgrading your server or deploying the SolarWinds NTA Flow Storage Database on a different computer.
Installation on a desktop operating system is possible, but will significantly affect performance. SolarWinds recommends installing the evaluation version on a server operating system. SolarWinds NTA is intended for use in a production environment that meets the Multi-module system guidelines.

Evaluation and production environments Evaluation environments only
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Windows 7 SP1
Windows Server 2012 Windows 8 (except for Standard Edition)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 8.1 (except for Standard Edition)
Windows Server 2016 Windows 8.1 Update 1 (except for Standard Edition)
  Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Pro or Enterprise version recommended)
  Windows 10

How to install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NTA:

  1. Download an evaluation version of SolarWinds NTA from

    This installation is functional for 30 days and for evaluation purposes only. No activation key is required.

  2. Log in to the server as an administrator.
  3. Run SolarWinds-NTA-<version>-Eval.exe.
  4. If prompted, register your email address.
  5. Click Next on the Welcome window.
  6. If you agree, accept the terms of the license agreement.
  7. Select your preferred settings.
  8. Enable quality of experience (QoE) traffic monitoring.

    Enabling QoE installs an agent on the Orion Main Polling Engine. This agent collects packet-level traffic statistics, like network response time and application response time, for any application traffic it sees going to or from Orion. SolarWinds recommends that you enable QoE.

  9. Review the list of software the system installs.

    Downloading and installing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 can take more than 20 minutes. If your system reboots, run the installation again.

    If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer®, SolarWinds recommends you add the URL of your Orion website (http://FullOrionServerName/), the URL of SolarWinds support (, and about:blank to the list of trusted sites.

  10. After the installation is complete, the system configures the product. Click Finish to open the Orion Web Console Login page.

    If the login page does not open automatically, launch the Orion Web Console in your SolarWinds Orion program folder.

  11. Log in with user name admin and leave the password field blank.

    The Orion Web Console opens. For security purposes, SolarWinds recommends that you change the password to your admin account.

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