Installation Guide

Install server components of Alloy Discovery

Updated in 2021.2

Run your Alloy Installer and perform a full installation of Alloy Discovery. This will install both server and client components of the most recent version, including the administrative tools used later in the upgrade process.

Where to install the new version

If you want to leverage the pilot upgrade, it is important to choose the proper pilot environment.

  • From version 8 or later: A separate computer

    Pilot upgrade from version 8 or later requires that you install server components of Alloy Discovery in a pilot environment, i.e., on a virtual machine or separate server computer, different from the production server hosting your production Inventory Server.

  • From version 7 or earlier: Your production server

    For pilot upgrade from version 7 or earlier we recommend that you install server components of Alloy Discovery on your production server hosting the Inventory Server of the previous version. Those two versions can run together on a single computer.

    IMPORTANT: When the installer detect your existing installation, make sure to clear the Uninstall Alloy Discovery 7/6 check box because it is still your production system.

Installation steps

Run the Alloy Installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install Alloy Discovery with the Full (Client and Server) installation option. If needed, refer to the detailed instructions below.

NOTE: The instructions below apply to upgrades from version 8 or later. Users of version 7 or earlier must make sure that the installer does not uninstall their existing installation!

To install server components of Alloy Discovery

  1. Run the Alloy Installer and extract the temporary installation files.

    If you have already extracted the installation files to a network share, run the AlloyInstaller.exe file from that share.

  2. Click Advanced Installation. The Advanced Installation page opens.

  3. Click Install Alloy Discovery 2024.1.

  4. The installation wizard will analyze your computer and test for prerequisites. If any of the tests fail, the wizard displays a warning message along with a hyperlink, which shows additional information about the encountered issue. You can make the necessary changes and then recheck the prerequisites by clicking Recheck.

    NOTE: If you need to access Alloy Discovery reports on this computer, make sure that you have Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2016 installed. This is the prerequisite for Microsoft Report Viewer. If the prerequisite is missing, the installer displays a warning message along with a hyperlink. Click the hyperlink and then click Install.

  5. Click Install to proceed. The Setup Wizard starts and the Welcome page appears.

  6. Click Next. The End-User License Agreement page opens.

  7. Read and confirm the terms of the license agreement, then click Next. The Setup Type page appears.

  8. Select the Full (Client and Server) installation option. Click Next to keep the default installation folder (\Program Files\Alloy Software\Alloy Discovery 2024\).

    If you want to change the installation folder, click Change, browse to choose the new folder, click OK to return to the wizard page, and click Next.

    The Report Viewer page opens.

  9. If you need to access Alloy Discovery reports on this computer, make sure you install the latest version of Microsoft Report Viewer for SQL Server 2016 (leave the check boxes selected).

    Click Next. The Ready to install page appears.

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

  11. When the installation is complete, the Completed page appears.

    Keep the Run the Database Management to create a new Alloy Discovery database check box selected and click Finish to complete the installation process.

NEXT STEP: Now you should upgrade your production Alloy Discovery database to the latest version using the Database Management tool for Alloy Discovery and create a pilot database. See Create a pilot Alloy Discovery database.