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Installing Silk Central with an existing database repository (Video)

Installing Silk Central with an existing database repository (Video)


1) To begin, launch the Silk Central installer you have downloaded. The installation files will now be extracted.

2) Once complete, you will be presented with the InstallShield Wizard screen. Now click 'Next'.

3) Here you will select the language you wish to use with Silk Central. You can choose from English, German, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. I have selected English.

On this screen, you can also open the release notes for the current version of Silk Central as well as view an installation guide. I will now click 'Next'.

4) You will now be presented with the License Agreement for Silk Central. Once you are satisfied with the terms, select the ‘I accept’ option. You can now click 'Next'.

5) This screen allows you to select if you wish to install Silk Central or Silk Central Connect. We will select Silk Central.


Below this, you will have an option to install an execution server. We will choose to install an execution server on this particular machine.


You can also choose whether to start the Silk Central services after the installation is complete.


Lastly you can select the pathway in which Silk Central will be installed. The default location is on the C drive. You can modify this by selecting Browse. We will now click 'Next'.

6) This screen allows you to choose the Silk Central components you would like to install on this particular machine. Your choice will be dependent on whether you wish to have a standalone or distributed Silk Central environment. Please see the Silk Central installation guide for more information on this.

We will install all components on this machine – the Application Server, the Front-End Server, the Chart Server and the Issue Management component.


You will notice that you have a choice of installing either a 32-bit or 64-bit Front-End Server. The 64-bit Front-End allows you to leverage memory above 2 gigabytes on this machine. As stated here, you can view the “Memory Settings for Silk Central Servers” article in the Online Help for further information.

Also note that you have enough space on your hard drive for installing your selected components on this machine.


Once you have confirmed which components you wish to install, you can click ‘Next’.

7) You will now be presented with a summary of your installation options. Once you have confirmed this is the setup you want, click ‘Next’.

8) Now Silk Central will begin to install.

9) The next step is to select the licensing mode you would like to use. If you have yet to purchase a license, you can try out Silk Central for 45 days with our evaluation license. If you already have a full license, you can select the licensed option.

I will choose the Evaluation option. If choosing this option, you can also install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 if you wish. For this video, I will not install SQL Server as I plan to connect to an existing database repository. Now click ‘Next’. The installation process will then continue.

10) You will be notified that the Silk Central services are starting and that the execution server is being installed if you selected these options earlier.

11) Once complete, you will be prompted to restart the computer. It is recommended to do this before using Silk Central for the first time. Please also note that to complete the configuration of Silk Central, refer to the ‘Administration’ section of the help guide. I will now allow the computer to restart by clicking Finish.

12) Once the computer has restarted, click Start then All Programs and click the folder named ‘Silk’. Here you can find your installation of Silk Central. To launch Silk Central, click Silk Central Home Page. You will then be brought to the database connection page. Here you will enter the details of your database server and then click Connect Database. If the connection is successful, you will then be presented with Silk Central’s login page. Within the Silk Central folder, you also have Administration Tools and Documentation. For information on how to configure Silk Central and how to use the administration tools, you can use the document ‘Silk Central Help’, as shown here.


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