What is a collector?

See this page for details:

Collector / Server

How to create a Collector

A Collector is created similarly to setting up a regular Open-AudIT server. Credentials would be created on the Server for each Collector. Upon login to Open-AudIT Enterprise on the Collector, an option can be chosen to turn the server into a Collector. The Server ip along with the username and password is provided by the user. The Collector registers itself with the Server and changes the user interface to read only or hidden for various items. The Server associates the user account with the Collector’s ip address and only accepts requests using that account, from that address.

1. Log into Open-AudIT Enterprise on your regular Server's install.

a. For assistance in setting up and installing Open-AudIT visit this page - Getting Started

b. Add a license for Open-AudIT Enterprise. Note - Enterprise users receive one Collector license for free as part of their Enterprise License.

2. Create a User account for the Collector server.

(menu -> Manage -> Users -> Create User).

  • Ensure the type is 'Collector'.
  • Ensure you click the Default Organisation.
  • Ensure the role is 'Collector'.

More info on User creation can be found HERE - Users

3. Set up the Collector server.

Install Open-AudIT on your designated Collector.

The Collector license is built into the Server license.  As such a Collector instance does not require a license to be installed.

Log in to Open-AudIT Enterprise on the Collector.

Make the install a Collector by navigating to:

Menu -> Admin -> Collectors -> Make this Install a Collector.

Provide a name for this Collector.

Provide the address of the Server (e.g in the host field.

Provide the username and password that were used above when creating the Collector user.

Provide the network address of the Collector ( This is the usual network address used in discovery and should be where the target device submit their audits to (the Collector).

4. Check if the Collector creation was successful.

a. You should now be able to see on the Server, the Collector you have just registered. Go to menu -> Admin -> Collectors -> List Collectors.

b. You should now be able to see on the Collector, the task that will run every 5 minutes (you can configure this on the server for new Collectors using the configuration item collector_check_minutes) that will ask the Server for any discoveries to execute. Go to menu -> Admin -> Tasks -> List Tasks.

5. Create a discovery for the Collector.

Refer to:

"Collector / Server"  this page describes Discovery creation for Collectors.

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