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Server Manager 2022 Installation Instructions

Overview

Corner Bowl Server Manager 2022 installs on either Windows Server or Windows Workstation and comprises of 3 major components: the Windows Service, the Management Console and the optional Client Agent. There are three different installers that enable you to install just the components you need on each target host:

InstallerDescription
CompleteContains the Windows Service installer, the Management Console installer and the Client Agent installer, optionally, used internally to automatically install the Client Agent to managed Windows hosts.
Management ConsoleContains just the Management Console which enables you to manage the Windows Service from any remote host.
Client AgentContains just the Client Agent installer. Use this installer when you want to manually install the Client Agent on managed Windows hosts that do not support remote administrator Windows Share access (e.g. c$) or remote execution of processes using WMI.

How to Install the Server Manager Windows Service

  • Install the .Net Framework 4.8 or later.
  • Download the Complete Server Manager Installer.
  • Run the installer on the server or workstation you want to host the software.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using local administrator credentials.
  • Once logged in, either register your license or dismiss the Evaluation View.
  • You should now see the Onboarding Wizard.
  • Optionally assign domain administrator or local administrator credentials to the Windows Service. If you choose to run using the System Account, you will need to assign Impersonation credentials to each remote Windows host you want to manage. See the in-application help for more information.
  • See the in-application help file to read about running the Windows Service on another port, encrypting the connection with TLS 1.2 and using Azure to relay connections over the Internet.

How to Install the Management Console

  • Install the .Net Framework 4.8 or later.
  • Download the Management Console Installer.
  • Run the installer on the workstation or server you want to manage the remote Windows Service from.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using administrator credentials that reside directly host the Windows Service is running.

How to Install the Server Manager Client Agent

  • From the host you have installed Server Manager, copy the following file to each target host:
    C:\Program Files\Corner Bowl\Server Manager\ServerManagerAgentInstaller.exe
  • From each target host, open a command prompt as Administrator then run the executable with the following command line options:
    ParameterDescription
    HOSTThe fully qualified hostname of the host Server Manager is installed.
    PORTThe port to connect with. The default value is 21843
    TLSENABLEDtrue to enable TLS 1.2. Please note the server must be configured to use TLS. For more information see the in-application help file then search for: Server Configuration
    TLSCERTIFICATEThe optional TLS client certificate to use for TLS 1.2.
    RELAYENABLEDtrue to proxy communication through an Azure Relay Connection.
    RELAYNAMESPACEThe Azure Relay Connection namespace.
    RELAYCONNECTIONNAMEThe Azure Relay Connection name.
    RELAYKEYNAMEThe Azure Relay Connection key name.
    RELAYKEYThe Azure Relay Connection key value.
    -qSilently run the installation.
    For Example:
    ServerManagerAgentInstaller.exe -q HOST=1.2.3.4 PORT=21843

How to Silently Install Server Manager

All of the installers support silently running in the background.

  • Open a command-prompt.
  • Type:
    ServerManagerInstaller.exe /q
  • The installer silently runs in the background and suppresses any required reboot request.

How to Migrate to a New Server

  • From the system Server Manager is currently installed, download the Complete Server Manager Installer.
  • Run the installer.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • From the Menu Bar, select Tools | Backup Configuration. The Select Folder Dialog displays.
  • From the Select Folder Dialog, select a folder on the new server you want to install Server Manager then click Select Folder.
  • From the Explorer View, select the root License node found at the bottom of the view. The License View displays.
  • From the License View, copy the email address and license key for later use.
  • Next, find the Registration list found at the bottom of the view then select the registration that is attached to the localhost. Copy the Number of Nodes Registered for latest use.
  • Click the Unregister button.
  • From the Menu Bar, select Service | Stop Service.
  • From the system you want to install Server Manager, run the installer you just downloaded.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using administrator credentials that reside directly host the Windows Service is running.
  • Once logged in, from the Menu Bar, select Service | Change Service Logon. The Windows Service Logon As Settings View displays.
  • From the Windows Service Logon As Settings View, select This Account then specify your Username, Password and if on a domain, the Domain, then click Update and Restart.
  • From the Explorer View, select the root License node found at the bottom of the view. The License View displays.
  • From the License View, specify the email address, license key and node count you copied from the previous installation then click the Register button.
  • Once registered, from the Menu Bar, select Tools | Restore Configuration. Click Yes when prompted to confirm. The Select Zip File Dialog displays.
  • From the Select Zip File Dialog, select the ZIP file you just generated, then click Open.
  • The configurations are imported into the new installation.
  • Confirm the software is working as expected then uninstall the software from the old server.

How to Upgrade an Existing Server Manager 2018 Installation

  • Download the Complete Server Manager Installer.
  • Run the installer.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using local administrator credentials.
  • The Import Server Manager 2018 View displays. Check the following options then click Import.
    OptionDescription
    Import licenseCopies and applies your license file from the Server Manager 2018 'ProgramData' directory the new directory.
    Import configurationsImports your configurations.
    Uninstall Server Manager 2018Silently uninstalls Server Manager 2018 in the background.
    Don't ask againIf you plan on keeping Server Manager 2018 installed, check this option to suppress this view at startup.
  • If you checked the option to import your license, from the Explorer View, click the License node at the bottom. The License View displays. Verify your license information is correct.
  • If you checked the option to import your configurations, a new Imported group that contains the imported configurations is created under each object type (e.g. Hosts/Imported and Templates/Imported).
  • Important!

How to Upgrade an Existing Server Manager 2018 Installation to a New Server

  • From the old server, open Server Manager 2018.
  • Select Tools | Backup Configuration.
  • Select a path to save the configuration files then click OK.
  • From the new server, download the Complete Server Manager Installer.
  • Run the installer.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using local administrator credentials.
  • Select Tools | Import Server Manager 2018 Configuration.
  • Select the path you previously backed up the Server Manager 2018 configuration then click Select Folder.
  • A new Imported group that contains the imported configurations is created under each object type (e.g. Hosts/Imported and Templates/Imported).
  • Important!

How to Upgrade an Existing Event Log Manager 2021 Installation

  • Download the Complete Server Manager Installer.
  • Run the installer. The installer automatically copies the license and configuration files to the new 'ProgramData' directory.
  • Once complete, the Management Console automatically opens.
  • Login using either your domain administrator Windows login credentials or, if off domain, using local administrator credentials.
  • From the Explorer View, click the License node at the bottom. The License View displays. Verify your license information is correct.
  • Important!

Last Updated: June 22nd, 2022