Install NetWitness Platform Virtual Host in Virtual Environment

Complete the following procedures according to their numbered sequence to install NetWitness in a virtual environment.

Work Flow:

This figure shows the high-level workflow mandatory for installing NetWitness Platform virtual host.


Note: When you configure databases to accommodate NetWitness Platform, the default database space allocation after you deploy databases from OVA or VHDX will not be adequate to support the NetWitness deployment. You must expand the datastores after initial deployment to avoid any issues. For more information, see Step 2. Configure Block Storage to Accommodate NetWitness Platform.

IMPORTANT: Review the Network Architecture and Ports topic in the Deployment Guide in the NetWitness help so that you can configure NetWitness services and your firewalls. Go to the NetWitness All Versions Documents page and find NetWitness Platform guides to troubleshoot issues.

Caution: Do not proceed with the installation until the ports on your firewall are configured.


Make sure that you have:

  • A VMware ESX Server that meets the requirements described in the above section. Supported versions are 8.0, 7.0, 6.7, 6.5, 6.0, and 5.5.
  • Administrator rights to create the virtual machines on the VMware ESX Server.






Step 1a. Create Virtual Machine - VMware


2. Step 1b. Create Virtual Machine - Microsoft Hyper-V


4. Step 1c. Create Virtual Machine - Nutanix AHV  
3. Step 2. Configure Block Storage to Accommodate NetWitness Platform  


Step 3. Install NetWitness Platform


6. Step 4. Configure Host-Specific Parameters  


Step 5. Post Installation Tasks