NetResident - Network Content Monitoring Tool

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System Requirements
What Network Content NetResident Can Analyze
What’s New in NetResident 3.0
NetResident Architecture
Deploying the Application
Before You Begin: Network Visibility
Step 1: Deploying the NetResident Service and Console
Step 2: Deploying NetResident Agents
Ensuring Connectivity Between the System Components
Tips and Tricks
Setting Up the Database
Step 1: Creating a New Database and Configuration File
Step 2: Selecting an SQL Server
Step 3: Selecting a Database Location and Name
Step 4: Setting Database Access Token
Step 5: Summary
Working with NetResident
Understanding the Difference Between the Display and Capture Filters
Remote Connections
Adding Exceptions to NetResident Agents
Manual SQL Server Installation
Analyzing Imported Capture Files
Frequently Asked Questions
Sales and Support

Step 1: Deploying the NetResident Service and Console

This is the first and, in many cases, only step in deploying NetResident. If you install NetResident on a computer that has network visibility sufficient for your purposes, such as a gateway computer through which LAN clients communicate with the Internet, or a computer that has an Ethernet adapter connected to the mirror port of a switch, or simply a standalone computer the communications of which you want to monitor, installing the NetResident service and console is sufficient. In this scenario, you may not need to install NetResident agents. The image below illustrates the setup screen on which you select only the service and console components:


The advantage of “agentless” data collection is simplicity: The application is installed on a single machine and does not require any additional steps. The drawbacks of this approach are as follows:

· It is often impossible to have access to all LAN traffic from a single observation point.
· The only way to intercept SSL-encrypted traffic, such as HTTPS, is to install agents. That is because passive monitoring using the NetResident service cannot decrypt encrypted data.

On the next screen, you will be prompted to create a master password that will be used by the NetResident service for authenticating all system components. The master password must be created when you install the NetResident service for the first time. You should enter a long, hard-to-guess password and remember it, because it will be required to by other system components. You can use the Generate button to have the installer generate a random 20-character password for you.