Install an ipMonitor evaluation

You can install an evaluation version that is functional for 14 days. This is a full product installation with a 14-day license and support for up to 500 monitors. If you do not purchase and activate a commercial license, the evaluation period begins when you install the product.

Installing on a domain controller

SolarWinds recommends that you do not install ipMonitor on a domain controller. To take full advantage of ipMonitor's security features, create an account specifically for the ipMonitor service applied with the minimum required tokens.

Installing ipMonitor on a domain controller results in limited access to many ipMonitor features because the Credential Manager cannot be enabled to impersonate Windows accounts with elevated permissions. Additionally, there is no allowance for trust relationships outside of the domain.

Download the installer

If you are new to SolarWinds, perform the following steps to download an ipMonitor evaluation.

  1. Make sure that your production environment meets the ipMonitor system requirements.
  2. Log in to the server hosting ipMonitor.
  3. Navigate to the ipMonitor website.
  4. Click Download Free Trial.
  5. Complete the form and then click Proceed to Free Download.
  6. Click Download Now.
  7. Install ipMonitor.

If you already have a Customer Portal account, perform the following steps to download an ipMonitor evaluation.

You will need your SolarWinds ID and password to log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal and retrieve your license key. If you have not completed your Customer Portal individual profile or cannot locate your SolarWinds customer ID and password, submit a ticket to Customer Support.

  1. Make sure that your production environment meets the ipMonitor system requirements.
  2. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  3. Click Downloads > Download Product.
  4. Click the Products drop-down menu and select ipMonitor (IPM).
  5. Click the Licenses drop-down menu and select a license.
  6. Under All Release Downloads, click Download.
  7. Install ipMonitor.

Install ipMonitor

  1. Double-click the Setup.exe file to launch the ipMonitor installer.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions, and then click Finish.

    When the installation is completed, a dialog box displays.

  3. Click Continue Evaluation.

    The IpMonitor Configuration Program wizard displays.

    If the wizard does not load automatically, go to Start > All Programs > SolarWinds ipMonitor > Configure ipMonitor.

  4. In the First Run Service Settings window, click Next to assign the LocalSystem account to the ipMonitor Service (recommended).

    If you do not want to use the LocalSystem account, click Change, create a local user account for the ipMonitor service, and then click Next.

  5. Click the Web Server Ports drop-down menu, select an HTTP or HTTPS listening port for the SNMP Trap Listener, and then click Next.

    Click Change to create a customized connection.

  6. Create a new ipMonitor administrator account, record it to a safe place, and then click Next.

    To minimize network administration, SolarWinds recommends setting up a Standard ipMonitor Account.

  7. Enter your administrator email address to receive notifications.

  8. Review the remaining settings, make any changes as required, and then click Next.

    The ipMonitor web interface is initialized.

  9. Click Finish to complete the setup.
  10. When prompted, log in to the ipMonitor web user interface.