Installation of OT-BASE Asset Discovery is achieved via a Windows installer that guides the user through various dialogs for picking a desired program folder etc. The software comes as a 64 bit image and supports Windows 7 or higher.
After launching the installation program, follow these steps to install Asset Discovery on your computer.
1. Accept the license agreement
2. Select a program folder
3. Specify port numbers if you want to use Asset Discovery as a Netflow/SFlow collector
Asset Discovery can collect data flow information from your switches and routers if they support the Netflow or SFlow services. In this case you also need to tell your switch or router to direct such traffic to the computer on which you install Asset Discovery.
Note that you cannot change port numbers or activation settings once that the installation procedure is finished. This means that if you ever need to make changes to these settings, you must re-install Asset Discovery.
If your switches and routers don't support Netflow/SFlow or you don't want to use it, de-select the checkboxes.
4. Selet a port for the REST API
OT-BASE Asset Discovery comes with a REST API for script based configuration, which is particularly useful if you are running dozens or hundreds of Asset Discovery nodes. You can specify the TCP port number for REST API access in this dialog.
If you don't plan to use the REST API please uncheck the checkbox.
5. Select the service port
You can specify a custom port on which the Asset Discovery configuration client connects with the server. However this is reserved for future use. Simply acknowledge the default port number.
6. Install WinPcap if necessary
Asset Discovery uses a low-level library called WinPcap. It might be that you have installed this library already. If you haven't, install it in this step.
7. Complete the installation procedure
Your Asset Discovery installation is now ready and you can launch the software right away.
Script based installation
If you want to install OT-BASE Asset Discovery using a script (for example controlled by Microsoft SCCM), then call the installer with the command line option "/S" for "silent" (CAPITAL "S").
Note that silent installation assumes that WinPcap is already installed on the target system. If you are not sure about how to install WinPcap using a script, you can find advice here: http://www.thurnhofer.net/wireshark-1-10-6-winpcap-4-1-3-silent-installation/.
Installing product updates
OT-BASE Asset Discovery is updated frequently. We are constantly enhancing the product with new protocols and features. Hence, it is recommended to regularly check for updates.
The process of installing a new version of Asset Discovery is almost identical to the original installation process. You don't need to de-install your existing Asset Discovery installation. However you do need to do the following before installing a product update:
- Make sure that you stop a running OT-BASE Asset Discovery service. In order to do that you need to open the service management dialog in your Windows configuration settings.
- Make sure that you have stopped the Asset Discovery configuration client.