Install SolarWinds SEM on Microsoft Hyper-V

These instructions provide steps for installing the Security Event Manager VM on Microsoft Hyper-V. SolarWinds provides separate installation packages for Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, so check that you downloaded the correct version.

1. Extract the files.

Double-click the evaluation EXE file that you downloaded previously. This step will extract the required files and tools to a folder on your desktop.

The How to Install page opens automatically.

To return to this page after it is closed, go to %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\SolarWinds Security Event Manager\html\install_now.hta

2. Complete the following steps to import the Virtual Machine.
  1. In the navigation pane of Hyper-V Manager, select the computer running Hyper-V.
  2. Click Action > Import Virtual Machine. Click Next if the "Before You Begin" screen displays.

  3. On the Locate Folder screen, navigate to the folder that matches your version of Windows Server. For example:

    ..\SolarWinds-SEM-v6.7-Appliance-HyperV\SolarWinds Security Event Manager\Virtual Machines 2012 R2

    For Windows Server 2016, navigate to the Virtual Machines 2012 R2 folder.

  4. Click Next.

  5. On the Select Virtual Machine screen, select SolarWinds Security Event Manager, and click Next.

  6. On the Choose Import Type screen, choose Copy the virtual machine (create a new unique ID), and click Next.

  7. On the Choose Folders for Virtual Machine Files screen, change the folder locations that the wizard will import files to (if needed). Otherwise, click Next.

  8. On the Choose Folders to Store Virtual Hard Disks screen, change the location of the virtual hard disks for this virtual machine (if needed). Otherwise, click Next.

  9. On the Configure Memory screen, configure the Startup RAM setting, and the Minimum RAM and Maximum RAM settings for Dynamic Memory, and then click Next.

  10. On the Summary screen, review the configuration settings and click Finish.

    The installer will copy the SolarWinds-SEM-6.7.vhd file to Hyper-V.

3. Connect to the SEM VM.

Select the newly added VM, and then click Action > Connect on the main Hyper-V Manager window.

The virtual console opens.

4. Start SEM.

Click Action > Start in the virtual console window.

The SEM VM starts.

After SEM starts, write down the IP Address of the VM. You will be able to change the IP address later during the configuration phase.

5. Set up your new SEM installation.

See Setting up a new SEM installation in the SEM Administrator Guide.

Following installation, the default SEM host name is swi-sem. To change the default host name and IP address settings, see Run the activate command to secure SEM and configure network settings in the SEM Administrator Guide.