Installing a BMC Helix Discovery Outpost

Information about your organization's hardware and software is obtained by BMC Helix Discovery Outpost. The Outpost is an application software that runs on a dedicated Windows server in your data center or on a public cloud. The BMC Helix Discovery service sends a request to an Outpost to scan the IP address required, and the Outpost accesses the target by using the credentials that are held in a secure, encrypted vault. The targets are accessed by using a variety of methods, such as SSH, Telnet, WMI, and SNMP. Once logged into a discovery target, the Outpost executes commands to access the target details, and their results are encrypted and sent to the BMC Helix Discovery service. When the BMC Helix Discovery service receives the data, it stores it in the datastore as Directly Discovered Data (DDD). 

Multiple Outposts can be deployed to handle segmented networks, and these can all communicate with a single BMC Helix Discovery service. Similarly, the Outpost can be registered with multiple services and receive work from those services.

The Outpost is self-updating. When a new version is available, you are notified, and you can choose to have the Outpost update installed automatically, when it is idle.

The installation package is supplied as a conventional Windows Installer package in an .msi file. The location from which you can download the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost installation package are provided are in the email that you received after you registered with the BMC Helix Discovery program. If you have access to your service, you can also download the installation package from the Manage > Outposts page in the UI.

To install a BMC Helix Discovery Outpost

The only choices you are required to make are the destination folder and the port that the Outpost uses for the web interface. In most cases, you can simply accept the defaults. You must also create an administrator password for the Outpost. 

  1. Double click the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost installer package.
    The Welcome screen is displayed.

  2. Click Next to proceed. 
  3. If you want to change the folder in which to install the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost, specify the new location from the Destination Folder screen.
    The default folder is C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Discovery Outpost\
  4. Click Next.
    The BMC Helix Discovery Outpost Settings screen is displayed. 
  5. If you want to change the port the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost uses for the web interface, enter the new port new number.
  6. Enter an administrator password for the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost. You must enter it twice to verify the password. The password is not displayed as you enter it.
  7. Click Next.
    The Ready to Install BMC Helix Discovery Outpost screen is displayed. 
  8. Click Install to start the installation. 
    When the installation is complete, the Completed the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost Setup Wizard screen is displayed. You can choose to view the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost UI in your browser when you exit the wizard. 
  9. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

    When the BMC Helix Discovery Outpost starts for the first time, it generates a unique certificate and key so that https connections to it can work. When you connect to the Outpost UI for the first time, you will see some warnings about self-signed certificates. You can safely configure your browser to trust the certificate.

    If you prefer to install your own certificate on the Outpost, you can do so. To do so, you must install a certificate and key pair, server.crt and server.key, in C:\Program Files\BMC Software\Discovery Outpost\etc\https. This assumes that you installed the Outpost in the default location.

    The certificate must be in PEM format.

  10. If you chose to view the UI, you can log in using the administrator password. 

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