Configuring FTP Audit Sources

Introduced in 8.6

You configure a FTP Audit Source when you create a new Site, or create or modify an Audit Source within an existing Site.

NOTE: FTP Audit Sources serve for the Remote Audit with FTP delivery. For details, seeRemote Audit with FTP Delivery

To create an FTP Audit Source:

  1. In the Sidebar, right-click the Site where you want to create the source and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The Site [Site Name ] window opens.

  2. Under Audit Sources, click New > FTP.

  3. Fill out the source details in the FTP Audit Source [Source Name] window.

  4. Choose how to deliver the audit agent to the computers you want audited. You can use any or both of these options:

    • Create an installer and install the audit agent on every computer.

      To create the installer right now, optionally change the default agent schedule, click Create Installer, and choose where to save your AlloyAuditAgent.msi file.

      TIP: You can skip this step now and create the installer later. For details, see Installing the Audit Agent for FTP Delivery.

    • Create an Inventory Analyzer package, deploy it to remote networks, and automate the audit using domain logon scripts or scheduled tasks.

      To build the Inventory Analyzer package right now, click Create Package and browse to the destination folder.

      TIP: You can skip this step now and build the package later. For details, see Preparing the Inventory Analyzer Package for FTP Delivery.

  5. Click OK.

To edit the properties of an existing FTP Audit Source:

  1. In the Sidebar, right-click the desired Site and then choose Properties from the pop-up menu. The Site [Site Name ] window opens.

  2. Under Audit Sources, double-click the desired source.

  3. Modify the source as needed in the FTP Audit Source [Source Name] window.

  4. Choose how to deliver the audit agent to the computers you want audited. You can use any or both of these options:

    • Create an installer and install the audit agent on every computer.

      To create the installer right now, optionally change the default agent schedule, click Create Installer, and choose where to save your AlloyAuditAgent.msi file.

      TIP: You can skip this step now and create the installer later. For details, see Installing the Audit Agent for FTP Delivery.

    • Create an Inventory Analyzer package, deploy it to remote networks, and automate the audit using domain logon scripts or scheduled tasks.

      To build the Inventory Analyzer package right now, click Create Package and browse to the destination folder.

      TIP: You can skip this step now and build the package later. For details, see Preparing the Inventory Analyzer Package for FTP Delivery.

  5. Click OK.

FTP Audit Source [Source Name ] window

The properties of the source are shown in the FTP Audit Source [Source Name ] window and organized on the following tabs: General and FTP.

General tab

On this tab, you view and modify the general properties of the source.

Site Tag - displays the tag of the Site to which the audit source belongs. You can not edit this field.

Name - shows the name of the source.

Audit Profile - allows you to choose the Audit Profile to use. You can choose the audit profile either in the drop-down list or in the Select Audit Profile window that opens on clicking the ellipsis button . To modify the audit profile, click the ellipsis button , in the opened window, double-click the desired audit profile from the list, modify the profile as needed, and click OK. To create a new audit profile, click the ellipsis button , click New, define the profile, and click OK.

Windows Installer section - enables you to install the audit agent on the offsite computers and specify the schedule for running the audit automatically. Clicking Create Installer allows you to create an installer package ( AlloyAuditAgent.msi) for this audit source and install it. The Windows Task Scheduler will use specified schedule to start the audit at a specified date and time. For details, see Installing the Audit Agent for FTP Delivery.

Package section - clicking Create Package allows you to prepare an Inventory Analyzer package for this audit source. For details, see Preparing Inventory Analyzer package for an FTP Audit Source.

IMPORTANT: You can deploy the Inventory Analyzer package only after configuring all required source properties (general details, incoming server details, and outgoing server details) and clicking Apply. Heretofore the Create Package and the Create Installer buttons are deactivated.

FTP tab

Outgoing Server for the Audit Agent

This section allows you to specify the settings for the server in the remote network, which the Inventory Analyzer will use for sending the audit results.

Server Type - the type for the server: SFTP or FTP (If your FTP server uses secure connection, select the Use SSL/TLS check box. If your server has the passive mode enabled, select the Passive Mode check box.).

SSL/TLS - enables SSL/TLS for FTP server.

Passive mode - enables passive mode for non-secure FTP server.

Server Name - the name of your outgoing server.

Port - the port number of the server. By default, the port number is 22; for secure connection via SFTP. For non-secure connection via FTP, the default port number is 21. For secure connection via FTP, the default port number is 990.

Directory - the directory for sending the audit snapshots.

Username - the username of the account on the server.

Password- the password of the account on the server.

Test Settings- verifies that Alloy Discovery can connect to the specified server.

Incoming Server for audit snapshots

This section allows you to view and modify the settings for a FTP / SFTP server that handles the receiving of the audit snapshots.

Use same settings as my Outgoing Server -enables the Inventory Analyzer to use the same server for sending audit results as for receiving audit snapshots.

Server Type - the account type for the server: SFTP or FTP (If your FTP server uses secure connection, select the Use SSL/TLS check box. If your server has the passive mode enabled, select the Passive Mode check box.).

SSL/TLS - enables SSL/TLS for FTP server.

Passive mode - enables passive mode for non-secure FTP server.

Server Name - the name of your incoming server.

Port - the port number of the server. By default, the port number is 22; for secure connection via SFTP. The default port number is 21, for non-secure connection via FTP. For secure connection via FTP, the default port number is 990.

Directory - the directory where the audit snapshots are received from.

Username - the username of the account on the server.

Password- the password of the account on the server.

Test Settings - checks the server connection using the specified settings.

Check server for new audit snapshots every... section - specifies the time interval for auto-checking the catalog for audit snapshots. You can disable auto-checking.