Install the SEM reports application

This section describes how to install the optional SEM reports application on either a separate server or on a workstation. The reports application allows you to produce over 200 standard and industry-specific reports.

Pick a suitable host for the reports application

You can install the SEM reports application on as many servers and workstations as you require. Install the SEM reports application on a system that runs overnight. This is important because the daily and weekly start time for these reports is 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM, respectively. It's also important that you install the reports application on a system that can access the SEM database.

See SEM reports application hardware and software requirements for additional requirements.

Install the SEM reports application

The SEM reports application requires the free Crystal Reports runtime application. There are two ways to install the SEM reports application:

  • You can run the reports application installer included in the SolarWinds Security Event Manager distribution package. The installer installs Crystal Reports and the SEM reports application together.
  • You can download Crystal Reports and the SEM reports application individually from the SolarWinds Customer Portal. You will need to install each application one at a time. This may be necessary if your Windows security settings prevent you from running the other installer.

Install the SEM reports application provided in the SEM distribution package

This installer also installs the Crystal Reports Runtime.

  1. If necessary, copy the SolarWinds Security Event Manager installation folder to a local drive and open the folder.

  2. Right-click the file Install Next - SEM Reporting Software.exe, and then select Open.

    A dialog box appears prompting you to allow the app to make changes to your device.

  3. Click Yes to continue.

    The Welcome screen appears.

  4. Click Next, and then review the Requirements for Installation.

  5. Click Next, and then click Begin Install to start the installation process.

  6. When the Installation Complete dialog displays, click Close.

Install the SEM reports application files downloaded from the Customer Portal

Complete these steps if you were not able to install the SEM reports application using the installer included in the SolarWinds Security Event Manager distribution package.

Before you begin: Download the SEM reports application and the Crystal Reports Runtime installers from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

  1. Run the Crystal Reports Runtime installer and complete the installation steps.
  2. Run the SEM reports application installer and complete the installation steps.
  3. When the installation is complete, click Close.

The SEM reports application is installed on your system.

Connect the SEM reports application to your SEM database

When you enter a SEM Manager IP address into the SEM reports application, you create a connection between the reports application and the SEM database server running on the SEM Manager VM.

Before you begin: You will need the IP address of the SEM VM and your SEM console login credentials.

  1. Right-click the Reports application icon on your desktop and select Run as administrator.

    1. Right-click the Reports shortcut and select Properties.

    2. Click Advanced and select the Run as administrator option.

    3. Click OK.

    4. In the reports Properties window, click OK.

  2. Click Yes in the antivirus dialog box to continue.

  3. Click OK in the information box to create a list containing at least one Manager.

  4. Enter the hostname or IP address of your SEM appliance in the Manager Name field.

    Whenever you see Manager in reference to SEM, it usually refers to the IP address or hostname of your virtual appliance.

  5. Enter the username and password used to log in to the SEM console.

    You can audit users accessing the reporting server running on the SEM VM. Only users with admin, auditor, or reports roles can run reports on the SEM database.

  6. (Optional) Select the Use TLS connection check box to use the transport layer security protocol for a secure connection.

  7. Click Test Connection to verify the connection between the SEM database server and the SEM reports application.

    The reports application pings the SEM database and verifies the connection. If the ping is successful, Ping Successful displays in the dialog box.

  8. Click to add the IP address to your SEM Manager list, and then click Yes to confirm.

  9. Click Close.

    The reports application is connected to your SEM database and displays on your screen.