Installing the Alloy Discovery Server Components

Updated in 8.4

Alloy Inventory Server is a Windows service designed for running various automated tasks within Alloy Discovery. This service requires a significant amount of system resources. However, when your organization has less than 10,000 computers, install the Inventory Server on the database server.

INFO: For details, see Server Machine Requirements.

When your organization has more than 10,000 computers, we recommend that you install the Inventory Server on a dedicated computer, separately from the Alloy Discovery database server. I

To install Alloy Discovery server components:

  1. Run the Alloy Discovery 8 Installer.

  2. By default, the installer extracts its installation files to the C:\AlloyDiscovery87x.cd folder. If this folder does not exist, the installation wizard will create it.

    NOTE: If you want to change the destination folder, click Browse and make a new temporary folder for installation files.

    TIP: If you need to install Alloy Discovery 8 components on multiple computers, you can copy this folder to a network share and then run the AlloyInstaller.exe file from there. If no longer needed, this folder and its content can be manually removed after the upgrade has finished.

    Click Extract. After the installation files are extracted, the Welcome page opens.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Advanced Installation.

  4. On the Advanced Installation page, select Install Alloy Discovery.

    The installation wizard will automatically analyze your machine and test for prerequisites. If any of the tests fail, for example, if your computer has insufficient RAM size or hard drive space, or Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 is missing, the wizard displays a warning message along with a hyperlink, which shows additional information about the encountered issue.

    Information: Indicates missing software components that will be installed automatically.

    Warning: Indicates missing software or partially met requirements that may result in the incorrect work or non-operability of the installed software.

    Error: Indicates not met requirements that prevent the installation.

    You can make necessary changes and then recheck prerequisites by clicking Recheck. To go back to the Advanced Installation page of the installation wizard, click the Close.

  5. Click Install to proceed with the installation after checking the prerequisites. The Setup Wizard starts.

  6. On the Welcome page of the Setup Wizard, click Next.

  7. On the End-User License Agreement page, review the license agreement and, if you agree, confirm the terms of the license agreement, and then click Next.

  8. On the Setup Type page, select the Full (Client and Server) installation option. Click Next to install Alloy Discovery 8 to the default installation folder (\Program Files (x86)\Alloy Software\Alloy Discovery 8\).

    TIP: If you want to install Alloy Discovery 8 to a different folder, click Change, browse to choose the installation folder, click OK to return to the wizard page, and then click Next.

  9. On the Ready to install page, keep the Create a desktop shortcut for Alloy Discovery 8 check box selected, if needed.

    Click Install to begin the installation. Click Back, if you need to review or change any of your settings.

  10. When the installation is complete, the Completed page opens.

    After the installation of Alloy Discovery on the server, you should create and activate an Alloy Discovery database using the Database Management tool.

    If you want to launch the wizard now, keep the Run the Database Management to create a new Alloy Discovery database check box selected. If you want to create and activate the database later, clear this check box.

    INFO: For details and instructions on creating and activating the Alloy Discovery database, see Creating the Alloy Discovery Database.

    Click Finish to complete the installation process.

NOTE: When Alloy Discovery is installed, you may need to enable TLS 1.2 support. For details, see Enabling TLS 1.2 Support.