3. Installation NP-Live

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Downloading NP-Live

NP-Live is available as a Linux installer or as a Virtual Appliance under the OVF format. The Linux installer (300MB) works on all major Linux distributions (Red Hat, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu)on which Docker can be installed. The OVF (2GB) works on VMWare ESXi and all major hypervisor that supports the .vmdk disk format. Please contact the support team at support@network-perception.com to receive the latest download link. You can also evaluate NP-Live through the web demo.

Setting up the network for the OVF

Once downloaded, the Virtual Appliance can be launched through a hypervisor such as VMWare ESXi. The appliance shell script will guide you through setting up the network configuration and then launching the NP-Live server. The ports to open are TCP/443 for the main NP-Live user interface, and TCP/84443 for NP-Connect.

Configuring the authentication

Once the network has been configured, you can open a Web browser to TCP/443 (HTTPS).

The first time you connect, NP-Live will display a Welcome screen to decide which authentication method to use:

  • Local: to create a local administrator account
  • Portal: to use your Network Perception Portal credentials (requires Internet access)
  • LDAP/AD: to connect NP-Live to your Active Directory or LDAP authentication service
  • Radius: to connect NP-Live to your Radius authentication service

Adding your license

Once the authentication has been configured, you will see the NP-Live home page on which you can explore the demo workspace, or create your own workspace. If you haven’t already added your license through the initial setup screen, you can add it through the License and Terms option in the user menu (top right corner of the home page). A license key can be generated or requested through the Portal website.

Once the license has been added, you can select New to create your first workspace and import your configuration files. Configuration files can be imported manually, or by adding a connector to a shared folder (e.g., SSH, SAMBA), a network device (e.g., Cisco, Panorama), or a network management software API (e.g., Solarwinds NCM, Tripwire, Forescout).

You can also use the demo workspace to explore the various features of NP-Live.

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