How do I check for updates to modules? (NETIQKB52718)

  • 7752718
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 24-Jun-2010

Environment

Security Manager 5.6
Security Manager 5.5
Security Manager 6.0
Security Manager 6.5

Situation

How do I check for updates to modules?
How do I check for updates to modules?
How do I install .nqm modules?
Can I use an RSS news reader to check for updates to modules?
How do I use the NetIQ AutoSync Server to update modules when there is no Internet access available from a Monitor Console or central computer?

Resolution

To use an RSS newsreader to check for updates to modules on the AutoSync server:

Using any RSS newsreader available on the internet, subsribe to the module feed located at https://products.netiq.com/sm/securitymanager.xml  Modules can be downloaded directly from the newsreader and stored on a network share.  See "To install modules whenInternetaccessisnotavailablefromthe Control Center Consolecomputer" for details about how to install modules when internet access is not available to the central computer.

You can install modules or check for module updates using the Module Installer. The Module Installer also allows you to see currently installed module versions.

Periodically, NetIQ Corporation provides new modules and updates to existing modules between major releases of Security Manager. NetIQ Corporation provides the latest modules on the NetIQ AutoSync Server. You can use the Module Installer to check the NetIQ AutoSync Server for new or updated modules. If a new or updated module is available, you can download and install it with the Module Installer. The default URL of the NetIQ AutoSync Server is https://products.netiq.com/sm/securitymanager.xml.

Enabling Secure AutoSync Connections

You can connect to the NetIQ AutoSync Server using a TCP/IP connection or a connection that uses secure HTTP (HTTPS).

To enable a secure connection to the NetIQ AutoSync Server:

  1. Log on to a Control Center Console computer as a member of the OnePointOp Operators group.

    Note:  You can run the Module Installer on a central computer or on a user interfaces computer. However, if you run the Module Installer from the installation kit, you must be on a central computer.
  2. Start the Control Center Console in the NetIQ Security Manager program group.
  3. In the task pane, click Launch Module Installer.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. In the NetIQ AutoSync Server URL text box, change http: to https:.
  6. Click OK.

Installing New or Updated Modules

You can download and install new or updated modules that NetIQ Corporation publishes with the Module Installer. If you create custom modules, use the Development Console to install them. For more information, see the Programming Guide for  Security Manager.

When you install an update to an existing module, the Module Installer merges the new module data with any existing customizations you may have made to rules or to the knowledge base. If you want to overwrite some or all of you customizations with the new module data, see the Programming Guide for Security Manager.

Consider running the Module Installer at regular intervals, such as once per month, to ensure you are aware of the latest available updates.

Install a module only once for a configuration group. Once installed, the module knowledge is available to all computers in the configuration group.

When you install an update to an existing module, the Module Installer merges the new module data with any existing customizations you may have made to rules or to the knowledge base.

To install modules when Internet access is available from the Console computer:

  1. Log on to a Control Center Console computer as a member of the OnePointOp Operators group.

    Note:  You can run the Module Installer on a central computer or on a user interfaces computer. However, if you run the Module Installer from the installation kit, you must be on a central computer.
  2. Start the Control CenterConsole in the NetIQ Security Manager program group.
  3. In the task pane, click Launch Module Installer.
  4. Select NetIQ AutoSync Server.
  5. If you want to determine whether an update is available for a module, find the row for the appropriate module. If an update is available, the Module Installer displays the value, Update Available, in the G>Status column.

    Note: When both Local Network and NetIQ AutoSync Server are selected and the Module Installer finds the same module in both places, it displays the module with the most current version.
  6. Select the modules you want to update or install.
  7. Click Install.

To install modules when Internet access is not available from the Control Center Console computer:

  1. Log on to a computer that has internet access.
  2. Open a browser and navigate to https://products.netiq.com/sm/securitymanager.xml (use https://products.netiq.com/sm/securitymanager.xml for a secure connection).
  3. Click on the appropriate module to download it.
  4. Save the file to a network location that is accessible by a Control Center Console computer.
  5. Log on to the Control Center Console computer as a member of the OnePointOp Operators group.
  6. Start the Control Center Console in the NetIQ Security Manager program group.
  7. In the right pane, click Launch Module Installer.
  8. Select Local Network and then click Browse.
  9. Select the folder where you saved the modules, and then click OK.
  10. Click Go.
  11. If you want to determine whether an update is available for a module, find the row for the appropriate module. If an update is available, the Module Installer displays the value, Update Available, in the Status column.
  12. Select the modules you want to update or install.
  13. Click Install.
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Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB52718

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