This page explains what is installed when you install NVivo Server 11 R2 and provides information about unsupported configurations. We recommend you read this page before installing the software.
If you are using NVivo Server 11, refer to Before you install (NVivo Server 11).
When you install NVivo Server 11 R2, the following components are installed (if required and not already present):
SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition SP2
Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5
Windows Management Framework 4.0
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 Manager—the 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.
During the installation process for NVivo Server, you can choose to use an SSL certificate to host NVivo Server Manager. This creates a secure connection (https) between NVivo Server Manager, NVivo Server and the NVivo client. It means that all communication is encrypted, ensuring privacy and data integrity.
The following diagram shows the client-server architecture:
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
Active Directory authentication is supported as part of standard installation on a single domain. NVivo Server and the user accounts that will authenticate with NVivo should be on the same domain.
If you have custom requirements that differ to the standard installation, please contact QSR International Support to discuss further options.
The NVivo Server application and database files are installed to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\QSR\NVivo Server 11
C:\ProgramData\QSR\NVivo Server 11
NVivo Server projects are stored in the following location (you can modify this location after installation):
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.QSRNVIVO9\MSSQL\DATA
Note: This location may be different depending on whether you’ve upgraded from NVivo Server 11 rather than doing a fresh install.