Evaluation Installation

The Evaluation Installation provides a quick installation option for the purposes of understanding the full benefits our solution has to offer. The product installer will automatically check prerequisites, install all necessary components, and configure the software automatically.

NOTE: If you do not want the installation of product components to affect your computer, we recommend installing the product on a virtual machine for evaluation purposes.

The Evaluation Installation will install the following components:

  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 Desktop App and the administrative tools
  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 Web App
  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 Self Service Portal
  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 API Module
  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 Automation Server
  • Alloy Navigator Express 8 Network Inventory App
  • Optionally: Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express

INFO: For details, see Components of Alloy Navigator Express 8.

Install Alloy Navigator Express

To perform Evaluation Installation:

  1. Run the Alloy Navigator Express 8 Installer.

    The installation wizard is ready to extract installation files.

  2. Review the path to the temporary folder for installation files in the Extract Alloy Navigator Express 8 Installer to field. If needed, this folder and its content can be removed after the installation has finished.

    By default, the installer extracts its installation files to the C:\AlloyNavigatorExpress87x.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.

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

  3. On the Welcome page, click Evaluation Installation.

  4. On the Evaluation Installation page, click Next.

    The Evaluation Installation requires a Microsoft SQL Server instance to host an evaluation database.

    You can let the installation wizard install a dedicated instance of Microsoft SQL Server (Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express). Alternatively, you can choose to use your existing SQL Server instance.

  5. On the SQL Server page, click Next to start the installation.

    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 prevent installation of some components of the Evaluation package. For example, missing Internet Information Services (IIS) will result in the inability to install the Web App, Mobile App Service, Self Service Portal, and the API Module, but the Windows application will be successfully installed and configured, still allowing you to evaluate the product. If you want to install all components of the Evaluation package, you can install missing software and then recheck the prerequisites by clicking Recheck.

    Error: Indicates not met requirements that prevent the installation.

  6. Click Next to proceed with the installation after checking the prerequisites.

  7. On the 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 Ready to install page, click Install to begin the installation. Click Back, if you need to review or change any of your settings.

    The Installation Wizard begins installing all required software automatically:

    Typically, the installation process may take between 20 and 60 minutes depending on the configuration of your machine.

    NOTE: The Alloy Navigator Express 8 Installer may prompt you to reboot your system during the installation.

  9. Click Finish to complete the installation process.

  10. Review the Evaluation Installation Summary page that opens. This document summarizes the information you need to access various components of Alloy Navigator Express8. You can access this page at any time using the Evaluation Installation Summary shortcut on your desktop.

Activate Alloy Navigator Express

After the installation is completed, the Alloy Navigator Express Activation window opens and prompts you to activate the product. Online activation is a quick, one-time process.

During the online activation you will be asked for your registered e-mail address and the serial number received after submitting the request for product evaluation. Sign in to the Alloy Support Portal to have your license information ready.

NOTE: If you have any questions related to activation, please contact Alloy Software sales team at sales@alloysoftware.com for assistance.

To activate Alloy Navigator Express:

  1. In the Alloy Navigator Express Activation window, click Over the Internet.

  2. Click Activate.

  3. In the Activation over the Internet window, provide your e-mail address and the Alloy Navigator Express serial number, then click Activate.

    TIP: You can access this information at the Alloy Support Portal.

  4. When the system informs you that Alloy Navigator Express is activated, click OK.

Launch Alloy Navigator Express 8 Components

As described on the Evaluation Installation Summary page, all the installed modules and components of Alloy Navigator Express 8 are available from the Windows Start menu. Alternatively, you can use the Alloy Control Panel, an easy-to-manage utility for accessing all installed components and administrative tools. This panel also provides links to information resources, including the Evaluation Installation Summary page.

To launch the Alloy Control Panel, double-click its icon from the desktop or click Start > Alloy Software > Alloy Control Panel from the Windows Start menu.

When you launch Alloy Navigator Express (either the Desktop App or Settings) for the first time, the Log in dialog box will be auto-populated with the default administrative credentials.

You can safely proceed with using this administrative account. You can also create additional technician accounts with different roles and evaluate how the membership in security roles controls the technician's access to different aspects of Alloy Navigator Express.

INFO: For details, see Administration Guide: Creating Technician Accounts.

NOTE: The Evaluation Installation allows you to leverage the full functionality of the product with some minor limitations in Network Inventory: you cannot export or print data from grids and export audit snapshots.