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SecurityExpressions Audit and Compliance Server

Created: 23 Mar 2007 • Updated: 07 May 2007
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If you've any experience with SecurityExpressions Audit and Compliance Server, you've probably noticed that after the install you have a sweet website with some great options.

In this article I'm going to explain a great enhancement in this website that can be a good tool and a useful service for your employees.

Altiris now brings you the new Security Expressions 3.4. But now you want to use it and get a inventory for your company and/or for your users. In this article I use SOX's compliance rules to show you what it does and what you get.

First you install a Windows 2003 server in your domain. Configure it to be a Internet Information Server.

After the IIS is running, install SQL 2005 server, or the free SQL 2005 from Microsoft.

Be sure you give the SA a password that exists of at least 8 characters with minimum of 1 capital letter.

Then install SESERVER.exe.

After the install, you have to do three things.

Figure 1. Click on the icon created on your desk, and start setting up the server.

Click to view.

Figure 2. Now enter a credential store user.

Click to view.

Figure 3. The third step is to enter the license key.

Click to view.

Figure 4. Go the tab Audit-on-Schedule, and create a rule.

Click to view.

Now you're ready to rumble.

Start Internet Explorer on a client, and enter the URL:servername\seserver
The following screen will appear:

Figure 5. Click on Self Service Audit.

Click to view.

Figure 6. Click on Self-audit using a specific Policy File.

Click to view.

Figure 7. Select the rule you wish to scan to.

The first time you go to this screen a small active X component is installed. If you get the question to install it, click yes, because you need it to run the scans.

Click to view.

Now, click on Audit, and your client will be scanned against the rules that you have set in Figure 4.

Figure 8. In this picture, you will see what the tool is telling you.

Click to view.

You can see that my machine is not SOX compliant. You can also check if your clients are well patched, have the latest virus patterns, or whatever you want.

The website self audit is a great enhancement in these kind of tools, and I really love it.

In the Expressions auditing tool you have the option to fix the "Not OK" tasks. In the webcomponent you will not be able to, so you have to fix these manually.

If you have any questions, I'm happy to support you.

Regards
erik

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