N-central Help

Install SolarWinds N-central as a guest on a Hyper-V server

Hyper-V on Windows Desktop Operating Systems not Supported.

SolarWinds N-central installed on a virtual machine in Hyper-V that is running on a Windows desktop operating system is not a supported configuration. Hyper-V must be installed on a supported server class Windows operating system.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is the newest Long Term Support (LTS) version of the Windows Server product, and is supported as a Hyper-V host for SolarWinds N-central. Microsoft has released versions subsequent to Windows Server 2016 known as "Semi-Annual" releases, specifically Windows Server 1706 and Windows Server 1803 that are not supported as Hyper-V hosts for SolarWinds N-central.

SolarWinds N-central does not support the use of dynamic memory under Hyper-V.

  1. Create a new virtual machine using the settings below.


    Generation 1


    Size according to tables in the System Requirements.

    Network Adapter

    Select a valid network to where the virtual machine can connect.

  2. Start the new VM.
  3. In the Virtual Machine Connection window, type install and Enter.
  4. Select Manual address configuration for the of network configuration type.

    If you are not prompted for network information during the installation, N-central was unable to locate a suitable network card. The installation will continue to conclusion, but you will not be able to log in. To resolve this issue, ensure that the virtual switch settings of the host are configured to the proper network and restart the installation. We recommend that you do not use a Legacy Network Adapter.

  5. Select OK and Enter.
  6. Type the IP Address and Netmask.
  7. Select OK and Enter.
  8. In the Miscellaneous Network Settings screen, type the Gateway, Primary DNS and
    Secondary DNS addresses.
  9. Select OK and Enter
  10. In the Hostname Configuration screen, select automatically via DHCP or manually.
  11. Select OK and press Enter.
  12. In the Time Zone Selection page, select your time zone. UTC is recommended.
  13. Save and confirm the procedure.