Virtual Appliance - Hyper-V

To deploy the Plixer FlowPro virtual appliance for Hyper-V environments, take note of the following additional requirements and proceed with the subsequent setup process:

System Requirements


Minimum Specifications




20GB SATA drive


2.0 GHz Quad Core CPU

Operating System

Hyper-V 2012

Importing a Virtual Machine

  1. After downloading the latest version of the Plixer FlowPro virtual appliance, unzip the package on the Hyper-V server.

  2. Open Hyper-V Manager, right-click the virtual machine, and select Import Virtual Machine.

  3. Browse to the location of the Plixer FlowPro appliance system folder.

  4. Select the virtual machine and import type.

  5. Go to Settings, select the network adapter, and assign it to the appropriate virtual switch.


The Plixer FlowPro appliance comes with two interfaces: ‘mgmt’: for virtual appliance management and ‘mon1’: the default monitoring interface. It requires a mirrored port to be associated with ‘mon1’. To set up a mirrored port, refer to the latest Hyper-V documentation.

  1. In the network adapter’s Advanced Features section, set the MAC address to Static, enter a unique MAC Address, and click OK.

  2. Start the virtual machine, right-click on it, and select Connect.

  3. Log in with the username flowpro and password flowpro and wait for the server to reboot after a quick setup.

  4. Issue the edit license command to enter the license key.

  5. Paste the license key between the EOT markers after the label license=

in the [Client] section of the plixer.ini file. The license key may span multiple lines.

  1. Press CTRL+X to save.


When adding additional monitoring interfaces to the virtual appliance, be sure to use the interface naming convention ‘monX’ so that Plixer FlowPro recognizes them as monitoring interfaces (for example: mon1, mon2).