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Install Network Performance Monitor

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Created by Jennifer Kuvlesky, last modified by Lori Krell_ret on Sep 28, 2016

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This video (5:22)  provides information on how you can install and configure Network Performance Monitor.


All versions of NPM including the Evaluation


  1. After purchasing SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, download the software from your customer portal.
  2.  Log into your Customer portal using the login details you received after purchase - if you haven't received them, call our Customer Service team who can assist you with retrieving them.
  3. On the customer portal page, there's a widget displaying all licensed products and their newest versions, click Choose download for your chosen product in this widget, or navigate to License Management > My Downloads to open the downloads page.
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select Orion Network Performance Monitor
  5. Under Server Downloads, it shows the latest version of Orion NPM ready to download. Click Download. Note the drop-down menu here - if at any point you need older versions of NPM, for stepped upgrades for example, you can download them by selecting the correct version from this drop-down menu.
  6. Once your download completes, move the installation file to your Orion NPM Application server.
  7. On your Orion Application server, before you begin the installation, double-check that all pre-requisite software has been installed, and that you're logged in with the Local Admin account. The SQL server username and password must be ready as you will need them later on.
  8. Extract the zip file to a folder, then run the installation executable.
  9. Next to continue.
  10. Select your language and then click Next.
  11. Read the end user license agreement then check the box to accept the terms of the EULA > click Next.
  12. Select your install location.
  13. Specify the installation directory and click Next.
  14. Select your installation type. For a Production installation, you should use Advanced Install, as it is not recommended to run both Orion and SQL server on the same Application server. This option exists for evaluation purposes only.

The setup program copies files and completes the installation of any missing components. This can take a few minutes. Once it completes, the Configuration Wizard will launch automatically. This can be run manually from the Start Menu at any time should you need to re-configure these settings.

15.  Configuring your SQL server details. 

16.  Enter in the IP Address or Hostname of your SQL server, and the 'sa' username and password for the SQL server. The sa account is required to ensure the Configuration wizard has sufficient permission on initial run to create a new database for you automatically, with the correct schema for Orion. It will also create a new standard user account, with ownership over this database, so that Orion can read, write, maintain and make any required changes to its database going forward.

17.  Click Next.

18.  Choose a name for your new Orion database.

19.  Choose a username and password for the new Orion SQL user. It's not recommended to use the existing sa username for this, as that has full privilege over the SQL server. A new standard user account will be sufficient for Orion.

20.  Click Next.

21.  Configure your settings for your new Orion website. It's recommended to use 'All Unassigned' for your port bindings, as this will allow you to use both the IP address of the server to access the website from elsewhere, and the localhost IP address as a shortcut if you are using Remote desktop to the server itself. (PP: highlight the first setting, "IP Address")

21.  Choose the port to bind the website to - standard ports are port 80 for HTTP and port 443 for HTTPS. If you choose to use HTTPS, you need to set up a certificate for the web site - you can use a trusted certificate or a self-signed certificate for this. (PP:highlight the second setting - "Port")

22.  Choose whether or not your users should be able to log into your Orion web console automatically using Windows Authentication. If you choose to use automatic logon, you will still have the option of using manual logins. Click Next (PP: Highlight the "Do you want to enable automatic login..... yes/no" setting)

23.  On the next screen, you will be asked to install or repair all Orion services. Make sure all services are selected - if any are deselected, they will not be installed. All services are required for a fully functioning Orion installation.

24.  Click Next, and review the summary of your configuration choices.

25.  Click Next, and let the configuration wizard run through to completion. This will take a few minutes, and during that time, the configuration wizard will display the current status of each task.

26.  Click Finish when the Configuration Wizard finishes. 


Related Resources:

Installing Network Performance Monitor - Onboarding Guide 


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