Getting Started with Network Enforcer
Ascendant Network Enforcer is very easy to install, setup, and manage. Below is a 10 Step guide to follow when getting started with Network Enforcer.

Step 1 - Install Network Enforcer

First, you will need to install the Network Enforcer software. Installation is covered in detail here.

Step 2 - Become Familiarized with the Network Enforcer graphical interface

You may want to become acquainted to the easy-to-use graphical interface that Network Enforcer uses. Please see the Interface Overview documentation for a walkthrough of Network Enforcer's interface.

Step 3 - Specify your Log and Settings Storage Location for Network Enforcer

You need to specify a storage location for Network Enforcer to use. You cannot use Network Enforcer properly without setting up your storage location first. By default, Network Enforcer will choose a log location on your computer you installed it on - you only need to enter the administrative username/password for that computer, then click OK to save your location.

Step 4 - Specify your Network Enforcer Password

You will need to set your Network Enforcer password. This password is used internally for network communication between the client and viewer software that Network Enforcer uses.

Step 5 - Add Computers to Network Enforcer's Computer List

You will need to add computer to Network Enforcer's list, as shown in the wizard below. To add computers please see the Adding a Computer section.

 

Step 6 - Configure Each Computer's Threshold Settings

You need to configure each computer's threshold settings. The security thresholds tell Network Enforcer's client when it should react to violated activity filters. For instance, if you want Network Enforcer to alert you when a user has violated five low security filters, you would enter "5" as the low security threshold, and enable the appropriate responses. Please see the Threshold Settings section for full configuration help.

Step 7 - Configure Each Computer's Activity Filters

You need to now configure each computer's activity filters. These filters allow you to be alerted when users perform behaviors you do not wish to happen on your network - such as sending certain file attachments over email, opening specific files, viewing websites, etc. Please see the Filter Configuration section for full configuration help.

Please note that you can quickly transfer settings from one computer to another using the import and export settings features. See Importing and Exporting for more details.

Step 8 - Install the Network Enforcer Client on each Computer

You are almost finished - now you need to install the Network Enforcer client on each computer on your network that you have added to the Network Enforcer list. The client can be remotely installed very quickly, or you can physically install the client. Please see the Client Installation section for detailed installation help.

Step 9 - Synchronize Settings for each Computer

When you install a client using the remote install feature in Network Enforcer you will be automatically asked to synchronize settings with the computer you just installed the client on. You can also synchronize settings again at any time whenever you change settings for the computer. Please see the Synchronizing Settings section for more details.

Step 10 - Protect your Network!

Network Enforcer is now deployed on your network. You can use various features in the Network Enforcer software to now view alerts logs, generate reports, search logs, change computer settings, and more.


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