Before you install

NVivo Server 10

Understand what is installed

When you install NVivo Server 10 R2, the following components are installed (if required and not already present):

  • Windows PowerShell 2.0

  • Microsoft .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0

  • SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition SP1

NOTE  If you are installing NVivo Server 10, these components are installed.

You can install NVivo Server on a physical or virtual server device. It consists of the following software components:

  • SQL Server database instance—NVivo Server is installed with its own SQL Server database instance (QSRNVIVO9). The SQL Server database instance is created during installation.

  • NVivo Server metabase—the metabase is installed in the QSRNVIVO9 SQL Server instance. The NVivo Server metabase contains data used by NVivo Server to manage server roles and permissions, licenses and projects.

  • NVivo Service—a Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service. The NVivo Service runs as a Windows Service under the server’s local system account (NT AUTHORITY\System)—this account is granted the necessary database permissions at install time.

  • NVivo Server Managerthe NVivo Server Manager is a browser-based application that can be used to administer the NVivo Server which runs in Internet Information Services (IIS). Under IIS, the application is installed in the NVivo Server’s web application pool. NVivo Server Manager uses Microsoft Silverlight—the first time you launch NVivo Server Manager from your web browser, follow the prompts to install the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in if required.

The following diagram shows the client-server architecture:

Unsupported configurations

The following are not supported on the physical or virtual server hosting NVivo Server:

  • Any other installation of SQL Server, or any other SQL Server database instance

  • Installation of multiple versions of NVivo Server on the same server

  • Installation of NVivo Server on a server that is functioning as a domain controller

  • Installation of any other software that uses SQL Server

  • SQL Server database mirroring

  • SQL Server failover clustering

  • Deployment of the service and database components of NVivo Server to separate machines

  • Customization of the SQL Server instance, the NVivo Server metabase, NVivo Service or NVivo Server Manager settings

Understand the network configuration required for Active Directory authentication

Active Directory authentication is supported when NVivo Server and the clients are on the same subnet as the domain controller.

We recommend you use Active Directory authentication, because NVivo client users will find it easier to set up their connections to NVivo Server. If the server and clients are not on the same subnet as the domain controller, then local user accounts must be used to set up the connection.

Understand where files are installed

he NVivo Server application and database files are installed to:

  • C:\Program Files\QSR\NVivo Server 10

  • C:\ProgramData\QSR\NVivo Server 10

NVivo Server projects are stored in the following location (you can modify this location after installation):

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.QSRNVIVO9\MSSQL\DATA


  • These file locations may differ slightly on 64-bit machines or where C: is not the system drive.

  • These file locations apply to NVivo Server 10 R2. If you are installing NVivo Server 10, use these file locations.