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Install the Orion Platform and VIM

The Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM) is used to integrate VMAN monitoring, data, metrics, alerts, and more into the Orion Web Console and provides access to additional VMAN features. As part of your VMAN environment installation, you want to install VIM:

  • As a stand-alone Orion Web Console to provide additional VMAN and Orion features.
  • As an update of VMAN features into an existing Orion Platform installation.

    VIM is included as part of your NPM, SAM, NCM, or other Orion Platform products installation.

When installing VIM, the VMAN installation zip includes a file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe. This installation provides a full version of the Orion Platform and Orion Web Console.After installing, you can integrate the VMAN appliance.

Before you begin, make sure your computer meets the Orion Platform recommended requirements for VMAN.

Install the stand-alone VIM environment

  Step Description
1. Download the installation file

If you need the installation file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe, login to the Customer Portal and download the full version of the VMAN installation. The zip contains this file.

2. Save and run the file on the Orion Platform server
  1. Log in as an administrator to the SolarWinds server where you want to install the SolarWinds Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.
  2. Save VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe to the Orion Platform server.
  3. Run the file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe.
  4. If you are prompted to install required components, click Install, and complete the component installation.

    Downloading and installing Microsoft .NET Framework may take more than 20 minutes. If a reboot is required, click Install after restarting the computer to resume the installation.

  5. Review the Welcome text and whether you want to send data about the application usage, and click Next.
  6. Select a language, and click Next.
  7. If another SolarWinds Orion product is already installed, enter YES to indicate that you are aware of the recommendation to back up your existing Orion product database before installing VIM, and click Next.
  8. Accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  9. Select the installation folder, and click Next.
  10. Click Next on the Start Copying Files window.
  11. Click Finish to close the installation wizard.
  12. The SolarWinds Configuration Wizard is launched automatically.
3. Complete the Configuration Wizard
  1. Click Next on the Welcome window to continue the basic configuration.
  2. If prompted to stop services, click Yes.
  3. On the Database Settings dialog box, select an SQL Server and authentication method, and click Next.

    Use SQL Server Authentication to ensure the SolarWinds Orion server can always access SQL Server, even when hosted remotely on a separate server.

  4. On the Database Settings dialog box, select the prepared SQL database from Use an existing database, and click Next.
  5. On the Database Account dialog box, create a new account or use an existing account that the polling engine and Web Console use to access the database, and click Next.
  6. On the Website Settings dialog box:
    1. Select All Unassigned unless your environment requires a specific IP address for the Orion Web Console.
    2. Specify the Port and the Website Root Directory where the system will install the web console files.

      If you specify any port other than 80, include that port in the URL used to access the Web Console.

    3. To use this function, click Yes - Enable automatic login using Windows Authentication.
  7. If prompted to create a new directory or website, click Yes.

  8. Review the list of services to install, and click Next.
  9. Click Yes if prompted to disable the SNMP Trap Service and enable the SolarWinds Trap Service.
  10. On the Completing the Orion Configuration Wizard dialog box, click Next.
  11. When completed, click Finish to launch the Orion Web Console.
4. Log in to the Web Console

Log in to the SolarWinds Web Console as an administrator. Until you change your account, you can log in with the username, Admin without a password.

5. Integrate the VMAN appliance
  1. In the Orion Web Console, click Settings > All Settings.

  2. Locate and click Virtualization Settings.

  3. Click Setup Virtualization Manager Integration.

  4. Enter the host name or IP address of the Virtualization Manager server.

    To access the network settings for the Virtualization Manager appliance server, use a browser to navigate to https://ip_address:5480.

  5. Enter the port number on which Virtualization Manager serves web requests. The default port is 443.
  6. Enter the VM credentials.
    • For VMware, we recommend using the VCenter credentials with your VMs managed in VCenter.
    • For Hyper-V, enter the Hyper-V account credentials.
  7. Click Integrate.
6. Complete integration

The Orion Web Console verifies access and integrates VMAN and monitored VMs. Click My Dashboard > Virtualization to access VMAN data and options.

7. Activate the VMAN secondary license
  1. In the Orion Web Console, click Settings > All Settings, and click License Manager.
  2. In the License Manager, click Add/Upgrade License.
  3. Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information for the VMAN secondary license, and click Activate.

You are done! You can start monitoring your virtual environments.

Integrate with an existing Orion Platform

With the VMAN appliance deployed to a VM, you can install Virtual Infrastructure Monitor (VIM) to the existing Orion Platform and integrate the VMAN appliance.

The existing Orion Platform in your environment may not have all of the latest additions for VIM. Installing the latest VIM updates the platform with additional features and issue resolutions for virtual environments. You will use the file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe.

Before you begin:

  • Make sure that Virtualization Manager is deployed and set up.
  • Verify that you have a licensed and supported version of NPM, SAM, NCM, or other Orion Platform product installed on the server where you want to install VIM and integrate VMAN.

VIM 7.1 includes Orion Platform 2016.2. If you install SAM 6.4, you also receive VIM 7.1 and do not need to install VIM 7.1.

You do not need a separate license for VMAN in an existing Orion Platform with NPM, SAM, NCM, or VNQM. And actions like managing a node consume VMAN license sockets differently than other Orion Platform products.

Only one VMAN installation can be integrated with one Orion Platform environment. To integrate VMAN with a different or new Orion Platform environment, you will need to remove the current integration first.

  Step Description
1. Download the installation file

If you need the installation file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe, login to the Customer Portal and download the full version of the VMAN installation. The zip contains this file.

2. Save and run the file on the Orion Platform server
  1. Log in as an administrator to the existing Orion server where products like NPM, SAM, and other products are installed.
  2. Save VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe to the Orion Platform server.
  3. Run the file VMAN-Orion-Install-2nd.exe.
  4. If you are prompted to install required components, click Install, and complete the component installation.

    Downloading and installing Microsoft .NET Framework may take more than 20 minutes. If a reboot is required, click Install after restarting the computer to resume the installation.

  5. Review the Welcome text and whether you want to send data about the application usage, and click Next.
  6. Select a language, and click Next.
  7. If another SolarWinds Orion product is already installed, enter YES to indicate that you are aware of the recommendation to back up your existing Orion product database before installing VIM, and click Next.
  8. Accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  9. Select the installation folder, and click Next.
  10. Click Next on the Start Copying Files window.
  11. Click Finish to close the installation wizard.
  12. The SolarWinds Configuration Wizard is launched automatically.
3. Complete the Configuration Wizard
  1. Click Next on the Welcome window to continue the basic configuration.
  2. If prompted to stop services, click Yes.
  3. On the Database Settings dialog box, select an SQL Server and authentication method, and click Next.

    Use SQL Server Authentication to ensure the SolarWinds Orion server can always access SQL Server, even when hosted remotely on a separate server.

  4. On the Database Settings dialog box, select the existing Orion SQL database from Use an existing database, and click Next.
  5. On the Database Account dialog box, create a new account or use an existing Orion SQL account that the polling engine and Web Console use to access the database, and click Next.
  6. On the Website Settings dialog box:
    1. Select All Unassigned unless your environment requires a specific IP address for the Orion Web Console.
    2. Specify the Port and the Website Root Directory where the system will install the web console files.

      If you specify any port other than 80, include that port in the URL used to access the Web Console.

    3. To use this function, click Yes - Enable automatic login using Windows Authentication.
  7. If prompted to create a new directory or website, click Yes.

  8. Review the list of services to install, and click Next.
  9. Click Yes if prompted to disable the SNMP Trap Service and enable the SolarWinds Trap Service.
  10. On the Completing the Orion Configuration Wizard dialog box, click Next.
  11. When completed, click Finish to launch the Orion Web Console.
4. Log in to the Web Console

Log in to the SolarWinds Web Console using an existing Orion account with administrator access.

5. Integrate the VMAN appliance
  1. In the Orion Web Console, click Settings > All Settings.

  2. Locate and click Virtualization Settings.

  3. Click Setup Virtualization Manager Integration.

  4. Enter the host name or IP address of the Virtualization Manager server.

    To access the network settings for the Virtualization Manager appliance server, use a browser to navigate to https://ip_address:5480.

  5. Enter the port number on which Virtualization Manager serves web requests. The default port is 443.
  6. Enter the VM credentials.
    • For VMware, we recommend using the VCenter credentials with your VMs managed in VCenter.
    • For Hyper-V, enter the Hyper-V account credentials.
  7. Click Integrate.
4. Complete integration

The Orion Web Console verifies access and integrates VMAN and monitored VMs. Click My Dashboard > Virtualization to access VMAN data and options.

You are done! You can start monitoring your virtual environments.