Installation preview

As a preview of what’s involved in the installation process, the following steps summarize what you need to do and the information you should have on hand for a successful deployment of Centrify software.

To prepare for deployment:

  1. Analyze your network topology to determine where to install components and services and any hardware or software updates required.

    For a review of the decisions to make and recommended hardware configuration, see Planning an audit installation.

  2. Create a list of the computers where you plan to install different components.

    For example, list the computers where you plan to install agents, collectors, audit store databases, and consoles.

    For a review of the requirements associated with each component, see Planning an audit installation.

  3. Determine the scope of the audit installation.

    The most common deployment scenario is a single installation for an Active Directory site, but you can have more than one installation, if needed, and use subnets to limit the scope of the installation.

    For a review of what constitutes an installation, see Deploying auditing components in an audit installation and Deciding on the scope of the installation.

  4. Create Active Directory security groups for managing the permissions that are required for accessing the databases that store audit-related information.

    For a review of the Active Directory security groups to create, see Checking SQL Server logins for auditing.

  5. Install Microsoft SQL Server.

    If you are not a database administrator in your organization, you should submit a service request or contact an administrator who has permission to create databases.

    For more information about preparing a SQL Server database engine for auditing, see Installing and configuring Microsoft SQL Server for auditing.

  6. Install the Audit Manager and Audit Analyzer consoles.

    For more information about installing the consoles, see Installing the Audit Manager and Audit Analyzer consoles.

  7. Create a service account with the permissions to create a new installation. For details, see Creating a setup user account for installation.
  8. Open Audit Manager to create a new installation.

    For more information about using Audit Manager to create a new installation and audit store, see Creating a new installation.

  9. Install the audit collector service on at least two Windows computers.

    You can add collectors to the installation at any time. For more information about installing and configuring collectors, see Installing the audit collectors.

  10. Install the Audit Management Server on a Windows computer.

    For more information, see Installing the Audit Management Server.

  11. Install a Centrify agent on each Windows, Linux, or UNIX computer you want to audit.

    For more information about installing Centrify agents, see Installing the Centrify Agent for Windows and Installing an Centrify Agent for *NIX.

  12. Make sure agents are enabled for auditing. For details, see Enabling or disabling auditing on Windows computers and Enabling or disabling auditing on Linux and UNIX computers.
  13. Install additional Audit Manager or Audit Analyzer consoles on any Windows computer that you want to use to manage the installation or query and play back session data.

After the initial deployment, you can add new agents, collectors, audit stores, and audit store databases to the installation or create additional installations.