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Install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NPM

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Updated: June 6, 2017

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 of 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. 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 install SQL Express 2014 on the same computer as the Orion server, ensure .NET 3.5 is installed.

To use a separate Microsoft SQL Server database, or if you are installing this product into the production deployment of an existing Orion Platform, see Plan for a production deployment.

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

Evaluation and production environmentsEvaluation environments only
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Windows Server 2012Windows 8 (except for Standard Edition)
Windows Server 2012 R2Windows 8.1 (except for Standard Edition)
Windows Server 2016Windows 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 your product:

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif1. Download the evaluation fileDownload the evaluation file for SolarWinds NPM from www.solarwinds.com.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif2. Install using the stand-alone instructions

Follow the standalone installation instructions including the installation and Configuration wizard.

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.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/NPM/reuse/0160-Uninstall_SolarWinds_NPM/checkbox.gif3. 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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