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Deployment Checklist

For PoC, evaluation, or testing purposes (up to 100 K files) you can run all components on the same machine. This section contains the pre-installation checklist, installation notes or observations, and post-installation tasks to evaluate Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification. For production deployment, see Netwrix Auditor Data Discovery and Classification Quick-Start Guide.

Review the following for additional information:

Prepare evaluation server and test data


Prepare your test data set (up to 100,000 files) and ensure it is accessible over the network from the Netwrix evaluation server using your test account.

Supported Content Types


Make sure your evaluation server is suitable for running all the Data Discovery and Classification solution components including a standalone SQL Server instance for data storage and reporting.

Deployment Matrix


Make sure your evaluation account is granted local administrator permissions on the server.



Deploy prerequisite Windows features and additional software.

Software Requirements

Install and configure DDC Collector


Create an empty DDC Collector database and apply the recommended database settings.

DDC Collector Database


Run Netwrix_Auditor_DDC_Collector.exe and specify your DDC Collector database in the setup wizard.

Install DDC Collector


Make sure the DDC Collector web console is up and running by opening it in your web browser.

Configure DDC Collector


Activate DDC Collector by applying your evaluation license.

Add License


Add your user account to the DDC Collector user list to restrict access to sensitive data.

Secure Your Data


Load the default taxonomies with predefined classification rules.

Add Taxonomy


(Optional) Add image file extensions to the inclusions list and turn on embedded image processing to enable indexing and classification of document scans.

Enable OCR


Add your test data location as a content source using the default connection settings.

Add Content Sources

Install and configure Netwrix Auditor


Run Netwrix_Auditor.exe and select Full Installation in the setup wizard.

Install Netwrix Auditor


Create a new Windows File Server monitoring plan and apply the recommended data source settings.

Configure Data Sources in Netwrix Auditor


Add the test file location as a monitoring item under the File Servers data source.

Configure DDC Provider


Run the DDCConfiguration.exe tool, toggle the Enable DDC Provider slider and specify the DDC Collector database to enable reporting data synchronization between DDC Collector and Netwrix Auditor.

Install and Configure DDC Provider

Review classification results


Locate the folder under the predefined reports section in the Netwrix Auditor console.

Review Data Discovery and Classification Reports


Start by reviewing the Sensitive Files Count by Source report for an overview of the sensitive data discovery findings.


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