This article gives you an overview of the steps you will need to perform in order to prepare your server environment for the SysKit installation. The SysKit installation process consists of a few easy steps that you need to perform in order to get the SysKit up and running.
Configure Active Directory
SysKit requires a service account in order to run. We recommend creating a dedicated Windows account for this purpose.
- This account needs to have administrative privileges on each server you plan to monitor. You can configure this manually or via Group Policy.
- This account needs to have “Logon as a service” privileges.
Configure SQL Server
The Installation wizard will create a database automatically. The user running the setup wizard needs to have the proper privileges to create new databases on the SQL Server (dbcreator or sysadmin).
During configuration you will be prompted to select the authentication type for SQL Server. You can choose between Windows integrated authentication and SQL Server authentication.
If you are running the SysKit in a domain environment, we strongly recommend using Windows authentication. SQL Server authentication should only be used in workgroup environments or in case of security restrictions in your domain.
If you plan to use Windows authentication, we recommend using our Configuration Wizard to create and configure the SysKit database. The Active Directory (Windows service) user running the configuration wizard needs to have dbcreator and securityadmin privileges on the SQL Server to create and configure the database.
See SQL Permissions to learn more about SysKit SQL server database requirements. If you cannot obtain such privileges, install the SysKit database manually (or your DBA will create a DB) as follows:
You need to create an empty database that will be used to store the SysKit data:
- Open the SQL Management Studio.
- Select SQL Server name > Databases.
- Right click Databases and select New Database.
- Type a name in the Database name field, e.g. SysKit.
- On the Options page, choose Simple as the Recovery Model.
- Click OK to create a new database.
Proceed to: Installation Guide
SQL Server authentication
SQL Server authentication is used in environments without the Active Directory domain or if the SQL Server is outside the domain. Before installing the SysKit with SQL Server authentication, you need to perform additional steps to create a SQL user, which will be used to connect to the database.
See SQL Permissions to learn more about SysKit SQL server database requirements.