Install a local instance of netTerrain
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In this blog we look at installing Graphical Networks software netTerrain on a server - On Premise. The other option is to use netTerrain in the cloud see https://netterrain.com for more details.
netTerrain is a DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) and network documentation software. Using netTerrain every business can manage network diagrams, physical and logical views, Equipment and Power, Outside Plant, Cable and Circuits, Inventory and Assets.
netTerrain provides an automated, multi-user, concurrent, graphical and centralised way to manage networks. It can import data from a variety of data sources including existing and diverse systems to quickly gain insights and efficiently manage and document your network.
Let’s look at what we need for on-premise netTerrain. The software runs on the Windows platform. Other platforms are not supported at this time. Well, does it matter? Not really! If a product works well, why reinvent the wheel?
This is what you need to start:
1. netTerrain installer software
2. netTerrain License key
3. Images archive – this is provided along with the installer and contains images of all the Nodes
4. netTerrain Installation guide pdf
5. MS SQL Server 2012 – 2019 Standard, Enterprise Edition. Express edition works as well for non-production environments.
6. MS IIS 8.0 or better (MS IIS 7.0 worked for me)
Let’s kick off the Installation:
Step 1: Open the netTerrain Installation guide pdf. Chances are that you are going to need to refer to this document, so keep it handy. All the important bits of information you need are clearly mentioned in the installation guide. It’s not hidden amongst a ton of other information so the guide is fairly easy to read. Read the first few pages.
Step 2: Start MS IIS on your MS Windows system if it is not already enabled. All you have to do is navigate to Windows Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows features on or off and check the box for Internet Information Services. Next click OK and restart the computer to apply the changes. Job done!
Step 3: Install MS SQL Server on your server. Use SQL Server Configuration Manager to confirm SQL Server Services are running.
Step 4: Run the netTerrain installer by right clicking on the installation file to Run as Administrator. Provide the IIS Site name and database name when prompted. I chose ‘vis86’ for both. If you make a mistake start again and provide a new name for the site and database when prompted.
Step 5: Start netTerrain for the first time and add your license key. The netTerrain login URL will be similar to http://localhost/vis86. Use the default credentials provided in the installation guide to log in.
That’s it! Happy documenting.
If you would rather use netTerrain in the cloud look out for my blog on starting up a cloud instance on netTerrain.com
Watch these videos to learn more about netTerrain
Learn about netTerrain Logical https://youtu.be/MbB01UDY-QY
Learn about netTerrain DCIM https://youtu.be/qjduGu7Wu7U
Learn about netTerrain OSP https://youtu.be/7YIQb3S0wjw
If you have any pain points with how your organisation currently manages Network diagrams,
Data Centre or Outside Plant infrastructure and have questions on how netTerrain can make your business run smoother don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com. We are here to help!