Requirements

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Requirements

Hardware Requirements

All EventSentry components, including the agents, require a Pentium IV or higher processor with SSE3 support.

 

Operating System Platforms

EventSentry runs on the following platforms:

 

Operating System Version

Editions

EventSentry Versions

Windows® NT 4 SP6

up to version 2.90

all versions up to v2.90

Windows® 2000

(all versions and service packs)

up to v3.0.1, only supported as agent starting with v2.93

Windows® XP

(Home, Professional), including x64 editions

up to v3.3.1, only supported as agent starting with v3.4

Windows® Small Business Server 2003

(all service packs)

up to v3.3.1, only supported as agent starting with v3.4

Windows® Server 2003

(all service packs), including x64 editions

up to v3.3.1, only supported as agent starting with v3.4

Windows® Vista

(all editions), including x64 editions

all versions

Windows® Server 2008 (R2)

(all editions), including x64 editions

all versions

Windows® 7

(all editions), including x64 editions

all versions

Windows® 8 & 8.1

(all editions), including x64 editions

v2.93 and later

Windows® Server 2012 (R2)

(all editions), including x64 editions

v2.93 and later

Windows® 10

(all editions), including x64 editions

v3.2 and later

Windows® Server 2016

(all editions), including x64 editions

v3.3 and later

 

See below for requirements of specific components.

 

Permissions

The following permissions are required to install EventSentry with the setup application:

 

Administrative permissions

 

or

 

Permission to create and control services

Permission to write files to %SYSTEMROOT%\SYSTEM32

Permission to write \Program Files directory

Permission to write to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software

 

Collector

The following requirements are recommended for hosts running the collector service:

 

Operating System: Windows 2008 R2 or higher

CPU: 4 or more cores

Memory (RAM): At least 512Mb available for the collector, 1 Gb or more recommended

 

Network Services

 

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The Network services service (which includes the Syslog, Snmp, ARP and NetFlow daemon) requires at least a 5-host heartbeat-only / network-services license, the NetFlow component requires at least one NetFlow license. There is no license requirement for the "Network Services" component on EventSentry Light edition which only supports 2 remote hosts and does not support logging incoming Syslog and/or SNMP traps to a database.

 

Remote Update

The following requirements need to be met in order to deploy and manage EventSentry agents:

 

The ADMIN$ share needs to be present in order for the agent to be pushed, MSI files can also be generated to deploy the agents manually or with a third-party deployment software.

The ADMIN$ share needs to be present for configuration updates to be pushed to the agents. If the ADMIN$ share does or cannot exist, then you can setup the ES$ share instead.

The Client for Microsoft® Networks needs to be installed

 

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The collector (installed by default) can be utilized to keep the configuration as well as remote agents up to date. When using the collector, only the initial installation of the agents needs be performed (either with remote update or a MSI file).

 

These requirements only affect remote update. EventSentry can still be installed locally with the setup program on hosts that do not meet the above requirements.

 

Web Reporting

The EventSentry web reports support the following web browsers:

 

Mozilla Firefox 3.x or higher (recommended)

Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Opera 10 or higher

Google Chrome

Apple Safari 5.x or higher

 

The EventSentry web reporting requires a supported database server (see "Database" below) with an EventSentry database.

 

Database ODBC Drivers

When consolidating data to a central database, then the appropriate database ODBC drivers will need to be installed on each client that is to write to the database. No action is required when using a MSSQL Server database with Windows® 2003 (or newer) hosts, but please see the table below for more information on which ODBC drivers need to be installed.

 

Database

Windows® XP/2003, Vista/2008, Win7/2008R2,  Win 8/2012, Win 8.1/2012R2, Win 10/2016

PostgreSQL

included with EventSentry installation

Microsoft® SQL Server 2000-2016

included with Operating System

MySQL 5.x

included with EventSentry installation

Oracle®

Not Included: Download & Install Oracle ODBC drivers

 

Database Support Tiers

EventSentry generally works with 4 different database servers: PostgreSQL, Microsoft® SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle®. EventSentry offers different support levels depending on the type and version of the database. These different support levels are described by their respective database tiers, shown below:

 

Tier Level

Description

Tier 1 (recommended)

Database is fully supported and has undergone extensive testing.

Tier 2

Database is supported and has undergone basic testing.

Tier 3

Database is compatible with EventSentry but not officially supported and has only undergone minimal testing. Use this database only if you have experience with it.

 

Database (optional)

A database server is required for the web-based reporting, and when consolidating event logs, system health and other information in a central database. Not all database types and versions are supported equally, the database support tier (see "Database Support Tiers" above) describes the support level of the database.

 

Database

Support Tier

PostgreSQL 9.1

2

PostgreSQL 9.6

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2000 (with SP3a and later)

3

Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 (32-bit or 64-bit)

2

Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 Express

2

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 (32-bit or 64-bit)

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 Express

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2012

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Express

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2014 *

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2014 Express *

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2016 *

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2016 Express *

1

Microsoft® SQL Server 2017

2

MySQL 5.0 or higher with InnoDB support

3

Oracle 9i and higher

3

 

Hardware (optional)

All sensors, except for the USB-only temperature/humidity sensor, require:

 

One available serial port (used for data collection)

One available USB port (used for power)

 

The USB-only sensor requires one available USB port as well as a USB to COM port driver from FTDI Chip. This driver is included with EventSentry and located in the "resources" sub directory of the main installation directory.