Install the Endpoint Security Manager Console Software

You can install the ESM Console software on a dedicated server or on the same server as the ESM Server software.
  1. Before you begin:
  2. Initiate the ESM Console software installation. You can also install the ESM Console using Msiexec (see Install Traps Components Using Windows Msiexec).
    1. Double click the
      installation file.
    2. Click
      to begin the setup process.
    3. Select the
      I accept the terms of the License Agreement
      check box and then click
  3. Specify the installation folder for the ESM Console.
    Keep the default installation folder or click
    to specify a different installation folder and then click
  4. Specify the security level for communication between the administrator and the ESM Console.
    To encrypt communication over SSL, use a server-client certificate file (PFX format) and supply the password for decrypting the private key.
    1. Select the certificate configuration method:
      • No Certificate (no SSL)
        —Do not encrypt communication to and from the ESM Console.
      • External Certificate (SSL)
        ) Encrypt communication to and from the ESM Console over SSL (default). Then
        to the server-client certificate and enter the password required to decrypt the private key.
    2. Click
  5. Configure the settings that enable communication between the ESM Console and the database.
    To set up access to the database, you must specify the authentication method and a user that has administrative privileges to administer the database. The username (and password) that you enter depend on the type of authentication method that you select: either Windows authentication (
    ) or SQL server authentication.
    Use the same database settings that you entered during the ESM Server installation.
    1. Enter the fully qualified domain name or IP address of the database
      Server Name
      . If your SQL Server uses an instance other than the default, you must also include the instance name in the format
    2. Enter the name of the
      Database Name
    3. Select the method of authentication and enter the account credentials. This account must also be added as a database owner on the database server (for more information, see Configure the MS-SQL Server Database).
      • Use Windows Authentication
        to authenticate using a Windows domain user account that has privileges to administer to the database server and enter the
        (for example,
        ) and
      • Use SQL Server Authentication
        to authenticate using a local user that has privileges to administer the database and enter the
    4. To enable secure communication between the ESM Console and the database using TLS/SSL 1.2:
      1. Select
        Secure DB Connection (SSL)
        . This option enables the ESM Console to encrypt communication between the ESM Console and the database.
      2. For even stricter security, select the option to
        Validate SQL Server Certificate Signer
        . This enables the ESM Console to validate that the certificate the database presents matches a specific certificate. For validation to succeed, you must import the database certificate into
        Trusted Root Certification Authorities
      Secure communication between the ESM Console and the database is supported with only SQL Server Enterprise or SQL Server Standard.
    5. Click
  6. Configure the settings for the administrative user who will access the ESM Console.
    1. Choose the type of authentication you want to use:
      • Machine
        —The ESM Console authenticates a user or group on the local machine.
      • Domain
        —The ESM Console authenticates a user or group belonging to the domain of the machine.
    2. Enter the account name for the user who will administer the server and then click
  7. Specify the forensic folder destination.
    1. Keep the default forensic folder path or
      to an alternate folder location and click
      The installer automatically enables BITS for this folder.
    2. Click
  8. Complete the installation.
    1. Click
    2. When the installation is complete, click
  9. Launch the ESM Console using one of the following methods:
    • Double-click the icon on the desktop.
    • Open the program from the
      All Programs
  10. Enter your administrator credentials.
    If you did not supply your Traps license during the ESM Server installation, the ESM Console is available in read-only mode. To enable read-write access to the ESM Console, you must add a valid Traps license (see Add a Traps License Using the ESM Console).

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