SWIMAGE Installation

Swimage Installer

Swimage Installation Instructions:

  1. Make sure that the accounts in Swimage Security Requirements have been created
  2. Logon to the Swimage server host operating system as the Swimage Service Account.
  3. Extract the entire contents of the Swimage Installation ISO to a subfolder on the server called SwimageInstall.
  4. Launch the SwimageInstall.exe

Welcome Tab

  1. Read the Welcome Page of the Installer and ensure the requirements are met.
  2. Click –> Next

Start Tab

  1. Ensure that all of the Infrastructure Requirements are green.
  2. The Swimage server requires:
    1. Server 2012 R2
    2. Must be joined to the domain
    3. Must have a static IP address
    4. Must have administrator rights to install
    5. Must be logged in as the Swimage service.  This account is set on the “Accounts” Tab, but defaults to SwimageService.
    6. It must be installed to a valid local drive.
  3. The installer will detect the best drive to install Swimage.  Change this if desired
  4. This installer may need to reboot several times during the installation.  If you do not want the Installer to reboot and login automatically throughout the installation, uncheck the “Reboot Automatically” and/or the Auto-Logon checks.
  5. If all green, Click –>  Next

Accounts Tab

  1. Ensure AD accounts and groups are set up properly and have the passwords all set
  2. The Swimage groups must exist in AD
  3. The Swimage Users must exist in AD and passwords set
  4. The accounts SwimageService and SwimageAccess must be a member of the Swimage Admins Group
  5. The SwimageAdminst Group must be a member of the local Administrators group on the Swimage server
  6. Click –> Validate (The process checks with AD that the accounts and passwords match and exist)
  7. If all Green, click –> Next.
  8. If any are Red, fix and validate again before continuing.

Server Tab

  1. Validate all server prerequisites.  If any are Red, the Installer will fix automatically.
  2. Click –> Remediate to to install any of the Red components.  The components will turn Yellow as they are being remediated.
  3. It will reboot automatically and login automatically as needed to install the prerequisites.
  4. If you have mounted the ISO rather than point to an installation folder,  the installer may not auto-launch after the reboot.
  5. Once all are Green, click –> Next


  1. Put in the name of your SQL server
  2. The Installer will auto-populate the DB name for the two databases.  This can be changed, but we recommend the defaults.
  3. Click — Validate SQL
  4. If the SwimageService account does not have rights to the SQL Instance, it will not be able to create the databases.
  5. You can create the databases in advance, but ensure that the SwimageService account ass DB Owner rights to the databases.

Web Tab

  1.  Leave the Host Header blank, unless security requires it
  2. The default is ports are port 80 for the Swimage console and 1011 for the central site.
  3. Click –> Validate to ensure the ports are available and that the web components are installed
  4. Click — Remediate to automatically install all web components
  5. This step can take a while (30 min or more), so be patient…

 License Tab

  1. Leave the default key if you want to install with the limited trial.   Put in your valid key if you want to install your full license
  2. Click –> Activate


  1. Read and accept the End-user license agreement

Install Tab

  1. If you followed all previous steps, all requirements should be Green.
  2. It is recommended to install all of the sample data unless you are migrating Swimage from and old server or want to start with a clean build.  (The Sample data provides all the necessary components to start deploying)
  3. Click –> Begin Installation

Log Tab

  1. If you have error that you cannot figure out, you can view the general logs here
  2. A detailed Install log is located in C:\Swimage\Logs

Final Installation

  1. The Installer will now perform the final Swimage installation, wich will take about 10 min.
  2. After the Swimage installation is complete, an Internet Explorer session will launch with the console screen.
  3. Once the IE window comes up and indicates that Swimage has been correctly installed, the configuration window will need to be closed.
  4. Wait a few seconds for the installer to complete, and then close the installer.
  5. Swimage will automatically build your boot media and is ready to begin your first deployments.

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