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Overview

Corner Bowl Server Manager can be deployed on physical hardware, VMs, Windows Servers, Windows Workstations, Linux (including Red Hat and Ubuntu) and single stand-alone air gapped servers and workstations.

The Management Server, comprised of the Management Windows Service and Management Console, must be installed on a Windows Server or Workstation while the Agent can be installed on either Windows or Linux platforms.

The following installers are available:

64-Bit Files
Full Server Manager InstallerInstalls the Management Windows Service, and the Management Console.
Management Console InstallerInstalls the Management Console so you can remotely manage the Management Windows Service.
Agent InstallerInstalls the Windows Agent. Use this installer to manually install the Agent to hardended systems that do not support remote administrator Windows Share access (e.g. c$) and remote execution of processes using WMI.
Air Gapped Agent Installer with .Net 7 RuntimeInstalls the Windows Agent to a firewalled or air grapped Windows machine. This installer includes the .Net 7 Runtime installer for offline installation.
Linux Agent ZIPIncludes the binary, configuration and startup files to run the Agent on any Linux machine. Use these files to manually install the Agent to hardended systems that do not support remote installation over SSH.
Full Server Manager MSIStand-alone MSI for the Management Windows Service.
Management Console MSIStand-alone MSI for the Management Console.
Agent MSIStand-alone MSI for the Windows Agent.
32-Bit Files
Agent InstallerInstalls the Windows Agent. Use this installer to manually install the Agent to hardended systems that do not support remote administrator Windows Share access (e.g. c$) and remote execution of processes using WMI.
Agent MSIStand-alone MSI for the Windows Agent.

How to Install the Server Manager Management Service on Windows

  • Install the .Net Desktop Runtime 7.0.x.
  • Download the Full 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. For more information see: Registration
  • You should now see the Onboarding Wizard.
  • From the Onboarding Wizard, click Next to advance to the Windows Service Logon As Settings. If you do not plan on using our client Agent to manage hosts, 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.
Important
If you receive a Run as administrator access required. error, either restart the Management Console as an administrator or use the Windows Services Control Panel to apply the service logon as credentials. For more information see: Assign Service Logon As Credentials.
  • For more information about running the Management Windows Service on another TCP port or using TLS 1.2 to encrypt the connection, see Server Configuration.

How to Install the Management Console

  • Install the .Net Desktop Runtime 7.0.x.
  • 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 Agent on Windows

For detailed instructions on both automatically and manually installing the agent on Windows and Linux, see Agent-Based Management.

How to Silently Install Server Manager on Windows

All of the installers can be executed silently in the background. To silently execute any installer:

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

How to Manually Install the Server Manager Management Service on Linux

Install .Net 7.

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL):

sudo yum install dotnet-sdk-7.0 -y
  • Ubuntu:

wget https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/22.04/packages-microsoft-prod.deb 
sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb 
sudo apt install apt-transport-https 
sudo apt update 
sudo apt install dotnet-sdk-7.0

Install the Corner Bowl Server Manager Agent

  • From an Internet Browser, goto https://www.CornerBowlSoftware.com/Download.
  • If you are not logged into the website, login.
  • Once logged into the website, download the Full Linux Zip file then decompress the contents to a temporary directory.
  • FTP the de-compressed files to the Linux Server.
  • Copy all of the dll and json files to the target installation directory. By default this is:
    /usr/bin/corner-bowl/server-manager
    For example:
    sudo cp ./*.dll /usr/bin/corner-bowl/server-manager
    sudo cp ./*.json /usr/bin/corner-bowl/server-manager
  • Copy the systemD service file, cbsmsrv.service, to the following directory:
    /etc/systemd/system
    For example:
    sudo cp ./cbsmsrv.service /etc/systemd/system
  • Copy the configuration file, tcpserver.json, to the following directory:
    /usr/share/corner-bowl/server-manager
    For example:
    sudo cp ./tcpserver.json /usr/share/corner-bowl/server-manager
  • Reload the systemctl:
    sudo systemctl daemon-reload
  • Configure the Daemon to start when the server is booted:
    sudo systemctl enable cbsmsrv
  • Start the Daemon:
    sudo systemctl start cbsmsrv

How to Install the Server Manager Agent on Linux

For detailed instructions on both automatically and manually installing the agent on Windows and Linux, see Agent-Based Management.

How to update the Agent configuration

The Agent uses a JSON configuration file to load the parameters to connect to the Management Server. Configuration is implemented through the tcpserver.json file located in the program data directory.

On Windows, the default location is:

C:\ProgramData\Corner Bowl\Server Manager Agent\tcpserver.json

On Linux, the default location is:

/etc/corner-bowl/server-manager/tcpserver.json

How to Migrate to a New Server

  • From the system Server Manager is currently installed, download the Full 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.
Important
If you are on an air gapped network, please contact info@CornerBowlSoftware.com with the license key and MAC addressed to request your license be unregistered.
  • 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 domain administrator or, if off domain, local administrator credentials, 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.
Important
If you are on an air gapped network, go to www.CornerBowlSoftware.com/Account/Login, login then click Order History in the upper right corner. From the Order History view, click Register Air Gapped Server then follow the instructions found on the page.
  • 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 2022 Installation

  • Download and install the latest Server Manager 2022 the Full Server Manager Installer.
  • Download the latest Server Manager 2023 the Full 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
From the menu bar, select Service | Change Service Login then, assign either domain or local administrator credentials.

How to Upgrade an Existing Server Manager 2018 Installation

  • Open the Management Console, then, select Help | About. From the About Dialog, verify you are running version 18.0.0.205. If you are running an older version, you must first upgrade to the latest 2018 version, build 205. Download and install the latest version from here: https://www.CornerBowlSoftware.com/downloads/ServerManagerInstaller_2018.exe.
  • Download and install the latest Server Manager 2022 the Full Server Manager Installer.
  • Open the Management Console, then, when prompted to upgrade Server Manager 2018, click OK to import your 2018 configurations into version 2022.
  • Once complete, use Windows Programs and Features to verify Corner Bowl Server Manager 2018 has been uninstalled.
  • From this point, continue with the instructions to upgrade from 2022 to 2023 found just above this topic: How to Upgrade an Existing Server Manager 2022 Installation.

Related Topics

Introduction

System Requirements

Registration

Troubleshooting

Release Notes