Install SAM evaluation
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 environments||Evaluation environments only|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1||Windows 7 64-bit SP1|
|Windows Server 2012||Windows 8 (except for Standard Edition)|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Windows 8.1 (except for Standard Edition)|
|Windows Server 2016||Windows 8.1 Update 1 (except for Standard Edition)|
|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 file for SAM from www.solarwinds.com. The file name will be
|2. Install using the stand-alone instructions||
Follow the standalone installation instructions including the 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.