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Install Network Performance Monitor - Video

Updated November 11th, 2017 


This video (5:22) aims to help you confidently and successfully install Network Performance Monitor.


This video is available in the following languages: German, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. 



 NPM 11.5 and above

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This is Kenny Newbry, SolarWinds® Trainer. In this video I'm going to demonstrate how to install Orion Network Performance Monitor.


The previous video in this series, "Preparing an Orion Installation", discusses the best practices for setting up your environment for an Orion installation, including pre-requisite software, software and hardware requirements, and is important to watch if you're still in the planning stages of your implementation. If you're ready to move forward and begin the actual installation, this video will guide you through the installation itself.


After purchasing SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, you will need to download the software from your customer portal.


1. Log into your Customer portal, with 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.

(PP: a - highlight widget) On the customer portal page, you will see a widget displaying all licensed products and their newest versions.

2. Click Choose download for your chosen product in this widget, or navigate to 'License Management' -> My Downloads' to open the downloads page.

3. Use the drop-down menu to select Orion Network Performance Monitor

4. Under Server Downloads, you'll see 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.

5. Once your download completes, move the installation file to your Orion NPM Application server.


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. Also make sure that you have the SQL server sa username and password details ready - you'll need them later on.


Extract the zip file to a folder, then run the installation executable.


Help us make NPM even better, by clicking the "Yes, send data" button on the Help SolarWinds Improve window. Otherwise, click "No."


At the welcome screen for the install wizard opens, click "Next" to continue.


Now, select your language and then click "Next."


If IIS isn’t already installed, the installer will notify you.  You have the option of suspending the installation to manually install IIS, or you can let the installer install and configure it for you.  For this demo I’m going to stay with the recommended option to “Continue with Orion installation.”


Select your install location. After you've specified the installation directory, click "Next.".


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 install wizard is ready to copy files. Click "Next". The setup program will copy files and complete 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.


First we will need to configure your SQL server details. 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. Click Next.


Choose a name for your new Orion database.


Next, 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. Click Next.


Next, you'll be asked for configuration 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.


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 will need to set up a certificate for the web site - you can use a trusted certificate or a self-signed certificate for this.


Finally, you'll need to 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.


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.


Click Next, and review the summary of your configuration choices:


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.


When the Configuration Wizard finishes, click "Finish.", and you're done!

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