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Install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NPM

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Updated: March 6, 2018

The evaluation version of this product 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.

To update your license, contact SolarWinds sales to purchase a full license for the product. For Orion products, access the License Manager to update the license with the purchased key. For details, see Activate licenses.

For evaluation installations only, you can install the Orion server and the Microsoft® SQL Server® database on the same machine. For further requirements, see details for your NPM version:

To install an evaluation copy of your product:

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 1. Download the evaluation file Download the evaluation file for SolarWinds NPM from www.solarwinds.com.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 2. Install using the stand-alone instructions

Run the installer .exe on your Orion server as Administrator.

On the Welcome screen, select the type of installation:

  • To install NPM as quickly as possible, select Lightweight Installation. This option is designed for evaluations. Lightweight installation installs Microsoft SQL Server Express locally and uses global settings.
  • To use an existing Microsoft SQL Server, select Standard Installation.

Complete the installation and configuration.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif 3. Open the Orion Web Console

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

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

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.

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