Small Wonders Software designed Enterprise Security Reporter 1.75 to provide a central location at which network administrators can find the information they need to report on the security of their Windows 2000 and Windows NT networks. This tool uses a Distributed COM (DCOM)-enabled discovery object to gather security information from across the network, then stores all the collected data in a Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) database for reporting and analysis.
I ran into a few snags installing Enterprise Security Reporter. I installed the software on a 350MHz dual Pentium II processor Win2K Server Service Pack 1 (SP1) system with 128MB of RAM. Initially, I selected the Custom installation option. Then I discovered that, by default, the installation process installs the core Enterprise Security Reporter components as well as Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), SQL Distributed Management Objects (SQL-DMO), and Crystal Reports.
My system already had updated versions of these components, so I tried to install only Enterprise Security Reporter. The installation program continued running; however, when it finished, Enterprise Security Reporter wasn't in my Start menu or the folder that the installation program had created. The only program available was the Database Maintenance program, which I ran. This program created a database, so I was left with a database without software to gather information to fill it. I went through the installation process again, this time selecting Typical instead of Custom.
The installation program ran, and after I rebooted the machine, the program was installed and ready to gather information. I reported my custom installation problems to Small Wonders, and the vendor confirmed that there is a problem with the software.
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