Andersond - sorry for your frustration. Our applications require that we run with admin level access. We are working on reducing functionality so that we do not, but we are not there yet. You always have the option of disabling UAC.
Regarding #2, let's do a GotoMeeting if you have time to get you going. (PM me.)
There is no need for the Windows SNMP service to be running in order to run SwitchPortMapper. There is also no need to adjust the Windows Firewall, as it should allow outbound SNMP without issue; now if there are any firewall's between you and the gear you are trying to talk to, that is a different story. Have you tried the SNMP Tester plugin gadget to verify SNMP communications? Have you configured the community strings in the switch / router? SNMP Views?
Any word on reducing functionality so that UAC does not prompt me for an Admin level password every single time I click, refresh, or change the page on my IE8 system? I am just installing a fresh NPM on a system that will run in a secure environment. Use of admin rights is strictly controlled. Use of other browsers strictly prohibited on Windows systems. I would like to use the integrated Toolset, but right now it is looking fairly dim.
NPM 10.1 on three systems
Windows2008 Server R2 & 2008 SQL R2
In Engineer's Toolset version 10.6 and later we use a new method of communication between Toolset and Orion for Toolset/Orion integration. With this new method you should be able to use browsers other than IE if you choose and you should not receive security messages from the browser.
If you are already running Toolset 10.6 or 10.7 and are receiving security messages from the browser then check to make sure the SolarWinds Orion Toolset Integration Service is running as well as the Integration Tray Application. When both those are running you can refresh the browser page and you should be using the new communication method.
For the tools themselves we are reducing rights requirements further with every release so some of the tools may still show a UAC prompt when the tool itself starts up.