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General - How To's

How to configure Desktop Central to make it use MS SQL Server as the database?

Desktop Central extends support for using MS SQL database for storing the configuration and data. This document will explain the steps to configure Desktop Central and MS SQL Server to use MS SQL as the back end database.

The steps to configure are different for new and existing installations. For both of these cases, you should first upgrade to build #80256 or above versions before following any of these steps. Choose the links below, depending on your requirement:

Note : Desktop Central Supports MS SQL 2005 or later versions.

Fresh Installation

  1. Install Desktop Central. Do not start the service.
  2. Perform the steps below from the computer where MS SQL Server is installed,
    1. Choose Start --> Run and type services.msc.
    2. Ensure that "SQL Browser" service has been started. If not, start the service.
    3. Open the SQL Server Configuration Manager from the Start menu
    4. Expand SQL Server Configuration Manager (Local) and navigate to SQL Server Network Configuration.
    5. Choose the Instance on which you wish to run the database and check if TCP/IP ports are enabled. If not, right-click on TCP/IP and enable it.
    6. You should restart the SQL Service after you enable TCP/IP. Select SQL Server Services from the left pane, right-click the instance and choose Restart.

      SQL Server Configuration Manager

  3. From the computer where Desktop Central Server is installed, perform the steps below:
    1. Execute the script changeDBServer.bat available under <Desktop Central Home>/bin directory. This invokes the Database Setup wizard.
    2. Select Database Type as SQL Server
    3. Specify the Host Name where SQL Server is installed
    4. From the list of available instances, select the instance on which you wish to run the database.
    5. You can choose to authenticate the database connection either using Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication. Choose the required authentication and provide the credentials.

      Database Setup Wizard - Windows Authentication

      Fig: Windows Authentication without data Migration

      Database Setup Wizard - SQL Server Authentication

      Fig: SQL Server Authentication without data Migration

    6. Click the check box to enable NTLM authentication.
    7. Ensure that you uncheck, the check box "Migrate data from existing database". So that the existing data will be not be migrated to the MSSQl server. So this will be a fresh MSSQL installation.
    8. Click Test to check whether a connection could be established with the given credential.
    9. Click Save to save and complete the SQL Server Configuration. It may be noted that it will take a few minutes to configure the settings on the SQL Server.
    10. Start Desktop Central.

Note: After Starting the Desktop Central Server, you should update the Vulnerability Database to get the latest Patch information from our online patch database. Refer to here for steps.

Migrating the data from an old setup

To migrate the Desktop Central data from Mysql to Mssql server, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Stop Desktop Central Server.
  2. Open command prompt as Administrator.
Change the Database Server to MS SQL

The following steps will explain you, to backup the data from the old server, change the database server and restore the data in the MS SQL database.

  1. Perform the steps below from the computer where MS SQL Server is installed,
    1. Choose Start --> Run and type services.msc.
    2. Ensure that "SQL Browser" service has been started. If not, start the service.
    3. Open the SQL Server Configuration Manager from the Start menu
    4. Expand SQL Server Configuration Manager (Local) and navigate to SQL Server Network Configuration.
    5. Choose the Instance on which you wish to run the database and check if TCP/IP ports are enabled. If not, right-click on TCP/IP and enable it.
    6. You should restart the SQL Service after you enable TCP/IP. Select SQL Server Services from the left pane, right-click the instance and choose Restart.

      SQL Server Configuration Manager

  2. From the computer where Desktop Central Server is installed, perform the steps below:
    1. Open command prompt as Administrator
    2. Execute the script changeDBServer.bat available under <Desktop Central Home>/bin directory. This invokes the Database Setup wizard.
    3. Select Database Type as SQL Server
    4. Specify the Host Name where SQL Server is installed
    5. From the list of available instances, select the instance on which you wish to run the database.
    6. You can choose to authenticate the database connection either using Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication. Choose the required authentication and provide the credentials.
    7. Click the checkbox to enable NTLM authentication.
    8. Click the check box to "Migrate Data from Existing Database". So that the existing data will be migrated to the MSSQl server.
    9. Click Save to save and complete the SQL Server Configuration. It may be noted that it will take a few minutes to configure the settings on the SQL Server.

       

      Database Setup Wizard - Windows Authentication

      Fig: Windows Authentication

      Database Setup Wizard - SQL Server Authentication

      Fig: SQL Server Authentication

      Note :

      1. One of the best practise recommended is to, Click Test to check whether a connection could be established with the given credential.
      2. If you get any Error messages such as "Authentication Error", check to verify the correctness of specified credentials.(Do not take a back up of the database again)
      3. This might take several minutes, the size of your database determines the time taken.

Ensure that the collation for the Desktop Central folder in MSSQL database is set as SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS if it is not set, follow the steps mentioned below to change the collation.

    1. Go to Desktop Central database.
    2. Right click 'desktopcentral' folder
    3. Click properties to view the database properties of 'desktopcentral'
    4. Under Maintenance select SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS from the drop down and click OK.

      5. Start Desktop Central.

    You can start using Desktop Central which has been migrated from the previous location.