Sentinel setup guide

 

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Step 1. Activate the Sentinel functionality

As a security precaution, by default the sentinel functionality is disabled and it must be explicitly enabled for each VRF.

On the web portal, go to the Account >> Sentinel Settings

Choose the desired VRF; select the activation checkbox and save changes.

Sentinel uses its own credentials to log in to the portal. Once you activate the Sentinel you will see its login credentials; save them.

Step 2. Download and install the Sentinel

Sentinel needs to be installed just once per VRF, and while it stays online and connected to the portal, all users belonging to your Apteriks account will be using it. It is therefore recommended to perform the installation on a server that is not occasionally switched off.

Where to place the Sentinel? Place it inside or as close as possible to the managed IT environment. Make sure that the communication between the Sentinel and the managed networks is not blocked by the firewall.

Download Sentinel

Step 3. Configure the installed Sentinel

The Sentinel is supplied in three different forms:

  • Windows service
  • Standalone application (Windows)
  • Command line utility (Windows & Linux)

 

Please select the type that you need to configure.

 

 

When you install Sentinel service, it immediately starts and executes on a background. On order to see the service status, launch the configuration program at Start > All Programs > Apteriks > Sentinel Service > Configure Sentinel Service.

Upon the first launch the service will log the event " Missing login credentials " As a result, the service will stop.

Note that like any other Windows service, the Sentinel will be logging events to the Windows event log.

 

Click on "Enter credentials" button and fill in the sentinel login name and password.
Note: Do NOT use your own user login credentials, but the Sentinel credentials that you generated earlier.

 

Once done, you shall see the successfully connected sentinel:

  • The service status should be "Running";
  • The connection status should be "Connected (established)"

 

Close the service configuration program. The service will keep running on a background.

Standard Windows tools, such as Task Manager and Event Viewer can also be used to check the service status.

 

 

When you install the Sentinel application, it immediately starts and minimizes to the system tray. If it is not started, launch it at Start > All Programs > Apteriks > App > Sentinel Agent.

By default the Sentinel application is minimized to the system tray panel.
On the computer where you have installed the sentinel, expand the system tray panel. Right click on the Apteriks Sentinel icon and select "" Open Sentinel ".

 

Upon the very first launch you will see the message about missing login credentials.

 

Click on "Enter credentials" and fill in the sentinel login name and password.
Note: Do NOT use your own user login credentials, but the Sentinel credentials that you generated earlier.

 

Once done, you shall see the successfully connected sentinel.

 

Once you download the archive with the command-line version of a Sentinel, unpack it. You will see the following file structure.

 

A single executable file lists the possible command line arguments.

 

Use the /l option to specify the sentinel login credentials. Once the connection to the portal is established, you shall see the OPERATIONAL status.
Note: Do NOT use your own user login credentials, but the Sentinel credentials that you generated earlier.

That's it!

Once the Sentinel is installed and configured, you can Ping, Scan and Inventorize your networks.