Install an evaluation copy of SolarWinds NTA
The evaluation version of SolarWinds NTA 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 2016. 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 2016 on the same computer as the Orion server, ensure .NET 3.5 is installed.
For evaluation installations only, you can install the NTA Flow Storage Database locally on the Main Poller. After the evaluation period, you must change the location of the Flow Storage Database to a separate machine.
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 SolarWinds NTA installation preflight checklist.
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 environments||Evaluation environments only|
|Windows Server 2012||Windows 8.1 (except for Standard Edition)|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Windows 8.1 Update 1 (except for Standard Edition)|
|Windows Server 2016||Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise (Pro or Enterprise version recommended)|
To install an evaluation copy of your product:
|1. Download the evaluation file||Download the evaluation copy of SolarWinds NTA from www.solarwinds.com.|
|2. Install using the stand-alone instructions||
Follow the 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.
|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
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.