Installation

The content below will guide you through the process of installing Specops Command.

Key components

Specops Command consists of the following components and does not require any additional servers or resources in your environment:

  • Specops Command Server: Manages feedback from the client computers and the database.
  • Specops Command Administrative Tools: Configures script assignments.
  • Specops Command Client Side extension: Configures which Group Policy Objects receive script assignments.
  • Specops Reporting: Specops Reporting is a separate product that can be used in combination with Specops command. You can use Specops Reporting to view and create detailed reports for script feedback.
Requirements

Your organization’s environment must meet the following system requirements:

ItemRequirement
Server• Windows Server 2008 or later
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later
Administration Tools• Windows Server 2008 or later
• Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later
Specops Command Client Side Extension• Any Windows Operating System that supports the version of PowerShell that you are running.
Reporting• Windows Server 2008 or later
• Internet Information Services (IIS) installed
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or later

The Specops Setup Assistant will help you meet the system requirements.

 

Installing Specops Command

During installation, the Specops Command Setup Assistant will launch. The Setup Assistant will help you install the following components for Specops Command:

  • Server
  • Administrations Tools
  • Specops Command Client Side Extension
  • Reporting
  1. Download Specops Command from https://www.specopssoft.com.
  2. Complete and submit the download form.
  3. You will receive the Download link via email. Click Download now from the message.
  4. Save and Run the Setup Assistant on your server.
    Note: By default the file is extracted to C:\temp\SpecopsCommand_Setup_[VersionNumber]
  5. To begin, click Start Installation from the Specops Command menu.
  6. Read the Software License Agreement, and click Accept.

Install the Specops Command Server

The Specops Command Server consists of two components: the Specops Command Server service, and the database. The Specops Command Server service manages feedback from the Client Side Extensions and stores it in the database. The Specops Command Server service also manages the communication between the database and the administration tools. The database contains feedback information for the script assignments.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Specops Command Server Setup.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have met the following prerequisites:
    • Valid server operating system.
    • Local administrative permissions.
  3. Click Select user… to select the user account the service will run as.
    • Enter the Username and Password of the user account.
    • Click OK.
      Note:

      • All operations performed by the Specops Command Server component will be performed in the context of the service account selected here.
  1. Click Select Database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    • Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on.
    • Click OK.
      Note: To find the SQL server, the SQL server browser service must be running.
  1. Click Install.
  2. Click Install to install the Specops Command Server.

Install the Administration Tools

The Administration Tools consist of two components: the Specops Configuration Tool, and the Group Policy Editor snap-in. The Specops Configuration tool can be used to add license information, and clean the database. The Group Policy Editor snap-in can be used to configure script assignments and view script feedback.

The Administration Tools should be installed on the computer that you want to administer the product from.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Administration tools Installation.
  2. Click Install to install the Specops Command Administration Tools on the local computer.

Install the Specops Deploy Client Side Extension

You can automatically configure an existing Group Policy Object with Software Installation Settings to deploy the Client in your domain. Specops Password Client should be installed on all domain joined client machines that are to receive script assignments.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, select Deploy Specops Command Client Side Extension.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have Active Directory permissions for the user.
  3. To select the Group Policy Object that will be used to deploy the client, click Select GPO.
    • Select an existing GPO from the list.
    • Click OK.
  4. You can create a new share or select an existing share. To select an existing share you must copy the Client Side Extension msi-package into the appropriate share.
    • Click Select Share.
    • Browse to the location of the network share, or enter the location of the share name.
      Note: The location of the share name will be a network UNC path.
  1. To upgrade the packages for x86 and x64 deployments in the selected GPO, click Add Settings.

Note: The Client Side Extension MSI will be deployed through a computer software installation and may not take effect until the computers have been restarted.

Install Specops Reporting

Specops Reporting can be used in combination with Specops Command. You can use Specops Reporting to create and view detailed reports for script feedback. You can install Specops Reporting from the Specops Command Setup Assistant.

  1. From the Setup Assistant, click Start Installation from the Specops Reporting menu.
  2. The Setup Assistant will check that you have met the following prerequisites:
    • Valid server operating system.
    • Local administrative permissions.
    • IIS is installed and configured.
  3. Click Select… to select a web site where Specops Reporting will be installed.
    • Select a Web Site from the list.
    • Click OK.
  4. Click Select database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    • Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on.
    • Click OK.
  5. Click Install.

 

Post-installation Configuration

You will need to complete the following configuration settings once you have installed Specops Command:

Import your license key

Enter your license key in the Password Reset Configuration Tool.

  1. Open the Specops Configuration tool.
  2. Select the Specops Command tab.
  3. In the navigation pane, select License.
  4. Click Import License.
  5. Browse to the location of the TXT file, and click Open.

Verify that the Specops Command Client is installed on your client machines

Perform the following steps on the client to determine that the Specops Command Client has been successfully installed.

  1. View installed programs from the Control Panel:
  2. Open Programs and Features.
  3. In the list of installed programs, find Specops Command Client.

 

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