Configure Virtual Appliance

Follow the steps below to configure your virtual appliance with Netwrix Auditor.

  1. Once you connect to the virtual appliance, you will find out that Windows Server 2012 R2 installation is almost complete. On the Settings page, you should read and accept the license agreement.

    For Windows Server 2016, the EULA will be displayed in the License terms page; read and accept the agreement.

  2. Next, specify a password for the built-in administrator account. Then re-enter your password. Click Finish.
  3. Log in to the virtual machine.
  4. The Windows PowerShell opens and automatically runs the script. Press any key to read the license agreement and then press Y to accept it.
  5. Then you will be prompted to configure the virtual machine. Press Enter to start.

    Step Description

    Rename virtual machine


    Specify a new name for the virtual machine (e.g., NA-Server).

    NOTE: The computer name must be properly formatted. It may contain letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9), and hyphens (-), but no spaces and periods (.). The name may not consist entirely of digits and may not be longer than 15 characters.

    Add additional input languages

    Select Y if you want to specify additional input languages unsing the Language window.

    Select N to proceed with English.

    Configure network

    • Select Y to use DHCP server to configure network settings automatically.
    • Select N to configure required parameters manually. In this case, you will be prompted to set up IP settings manually.

    Join computer to the domain or workgroup

    To join a domain

    Select Y. Specify the fully qualified domain name to join (e.g., corp.local). Then specify domain administrator name and password.

    NOTE: For your convenience, the account specified will be added to the local Administrators group and set as account for collecting data from the target systems.

    Domain Users group will be removed from the local Users group after the machine with the appliance joins the domain.

    The script is starting to test your domain controller: by NETBIOS name first, then by DNS name and finally, using an IP address. If at least one of the tests is successful, the computer will be added to a domain. In case of failure, you will be prompted to do one of the following:

    1. Re-try to joint to the selected domain. In this case, the script uses the DNS name of your domain controller.

      NOTE: The name must be resolved.

    2. Continue with Workgroup. See the procedure below on how to join the computer to a workgroup.
    3. Cancel and Return to Main Menu. Select if you want to cancel the domain join and re-configure the machine. Press Enter and repeat menu section. You will return to step 5.

    To join a workgroup

    Select N. Specify the local administrator name and credentials.

    NOTE: For your convenience, the account specified will be set as account for collecting data from the target systems.

    Configure SQL Server

    The shell script automatically configures SQL Server instance. The sysadmin server role on SQL Server instance is granted automatically to the BUILTIN\Administrators group.

    In the example below, review how the shell script configures the new VM:

  1. When the script execution completes, you will be prompted to reboot the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.
  2. After reboot, log in to the virtual machine using the domain administrator credentials (for appliances joined to domain) or local administrator credentials (for appliances joined to workgroup).

    For the first time, Netwrix Auditor client starts automatically. Later, you can always run it from the Start menu or launch it by double-clicking the Netwrix Auditor shortcut on the desktop. The product will automatically start configuring self-monitoring.

    NOTE: Do not close the Netwrix Auditor Virtual Appliance Configuration window until the self-monitoring configuration completes. Otherwise, you will have to create a monitoring plan manually.