Installing the Console

You can install the BigFix console on any Windows computer that can make a network connection via HTTPS port 52311 to the Server.

Except in testing or evaluation environments, it is not recommended to run the Console on the Server computer due to the performance and security implications of having the publisher key credentials on a computer that is running a database or web server. Using the BigFix console you can monitor and fix problems on all managed computers across the network.

To install the console, follow these steps:

  1. Go to /var/opt/BESInstallers directory.
  2. Copy the Console folder to a Windows workstation. Use the Console folder of the same build level.
  3. From the Console directory on the Windows workstation run: setup.exe
Note: By default the local operating system firewall is enabled. To allow the Console to connect to the BigFix Server, ensure that the firewall is configured to allow tcp and udp communications through the Server port (default 52311) and tcp communications through Web Reports Ports (default 80).
If you need to manually configure the local firewall you can run the following commands:
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport < Server_Port > -j ACCEPT  
iptables -I INPUT -p udp --dport < Server_Port > -j ACCEPT  
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport < WebReports_Port > -j ACCEPT  
service iptables save

For more details about using the Console program see the BigFix Console Users Guide .