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Install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NCM

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

For evaluation installations only, you can install the Orion server and the Microsoft® SQL Server® database on the same machine. The installer automatically installs SQL Server 2014. You can use that database, or configure the server to use another MS SQL database.

  • Do not use MS SQL Server Express in a production deployment.
  • Before you start installing SQL Express 2014 on the same computer as the Orion server, ensure .NET 3.5 is installed.

For evaluation installations only, installation on a desktop operating system is possible, but not supported. SolarWinds NPM is intended for use in a production environment that meets the SolarWinds NCM system requirements.

Do not install SolarWinds NCM on a domain controller or use he same database server as a Research in Motion (RIM) Blackberry server.

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

To install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NCM:

  1. Download an evaluation version of SolarWinds NCM 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-NCM-<version>-Eval.exe.
  4. If prompted, register your email address.
  5. Click Next on the Welcome window.

    The system scans the environment to ensure that the system requirements are met. If your system is not compatible, the installer provides a link to a knowledge base article with the resolution. When resolved, run the installation again.

  6. If you agree, accept the terms of the license agreement.
  7. To use the Microsoft SQL Server Express database that installs with the product, click Express Install. To use your own Microsoft SQL Server database, click Advanced Install.
  8. Select your preferred settings.
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. When 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.

  12. 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.

After the evaluation period, you can easily convert your evaluation license to a production license by obtaining and applying a license key. Ensure that your environment meets the Orion multi-module system guidelines.


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