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UPDATE: Thanks to our excellent Product Management team we now have install instructions included in the download of ConfigCheck and directly on the website. I’ll leave my howto below just in case anyone likes to read installation notes with a British slant to them.

I’ve seen a few emails floating about with regards to Tripwire not having an easy to use install and user guide for our lovely little tool ConfigCheck. I’ve made the suggestion that we add one into the bundled files but until then here is Gav’s easy guide to getting ConfigCheck to rock your virtual world. This guide is for Windows and comes with no warranties, refunds or anyone to shout at if your system gets hosed.

Step 1. Check to see if you have Java installed on your machine. You can do that by going to the commandline of your system and typing “java -version”. If you get a version number back above 1.5 well done you and move to step 3. If you didn’t get a version number or you’ve got a version older than 1.5 then you need to go to step 2.

Step 2. Go to the Java site and follow the easy to use instructions for getting Java up and running. Takes just a few minutes and is free as in air.

Step 3. Download ConfigCheck from Tripwire. Give us a little nod in appreciation for not charging you or even asking for personal details and then move to step 4.

Step 4. Extract the zipped up files to a directory of choice. I’m easy, whatever you want to call it. Maybe c:\program files\Tripwire\configcheck but hey I don’t want to stifle your creativeness so knock yourself out and put them anywhere you fancy.

Step 5. Double click the configcheck.cmd file that you just extracted from the download. This will either work like a beauty or not. If it does, well done you are a step further in making sure that your ESX installation is more secure. If ConfigCheck doesn’t work then check our FAQ for help. It’s normally due to not having a screen resolution of 1024×768 or above or a missing Java path.

Step 6. Once you’ve agreed to the EULA (you read it right) you will then be presented with the screen below. This my friends is ConfigCheck.

Step 7. Fill out the details for username, password, root password and hostname of the ESX 3.5 server you want to check and then click on “Check Configuration”.

Step 8. Simply wait a few minutes for us to collect the data we need and then look satisfied with yourself for quickly identifying any possible issues with your ESX installation.

Step 9. Check the results and use our remediation guidance to fix any issues that need addressing.

Step 10. Tell all your friends how great this is and get them to follow the steps above.