Phase 1 - Network Surveillance / Visibility

Gaining visibility into the network will allow Administrators to understand what nodes are active on the network by various information including IP, MAC, Platform Type, Location, Ownership and Status.  This information will be used during Phase 2 when designing Grouping and Enforcement Policies.

Step 1 - Select Deployment Model

The first step when deploying the system is to choose a deployment model. Initially, the following decisions need to be made:

  • Will the Policy Server be On-Prem or Cloud?
  • Will the Policy Server and Sensor be Physical or Virtual?

The information below provides details that will assist Administrators in choosing the Deployment Model that is best for their environment:

Step 2 - Select Test/POC Network

It is a recommended Best Practice to select a test/POC network when initially deploying the system. Typically, the test network is easily accessible to IT staff and includes one or more IT staff member. Information that will be needed when identifying the test network include, VLAN ID, subnet/mask, and gateway. This information will be required when configuring the system to monitor the test/POC network.

Example:  VLAN 10, ,

Step 3 - Install Policy Server / Sensor

Instructions for installing the Policy Server / Sensor are listed below which include steps on downloading the ISO image and installing the image in a virtual environment or on hardware.

Step 4 - Deploy Sensor on Test/POC Network in Monitoring Mode

Once the Policy Server / Sensor have been installed, follow the steps below to add the test/POC network to the Sensor for Visibility. The Sensor will start to collect information for all nodes in the designated network in the form of Device Platform Intelligence.

The information gathered in this Phase will be used in Phase 2 when planning and designing how the system will be implemented.