NeXpose - Performing Maintenance Tasks

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Time
24 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
Video Transcription
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>> In this Nexpose tutorial,
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I'm going to be going over some routine maintenance tasks
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that should be performed every two to four weeks.
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Just to make sure that your Nexpose systems always
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up-to-date and running it's optimal performance.
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The first thing we're going to do is
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just make sure everything's up to date.
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To do this, we're going to go to the administration tab.
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Right across where it says Nexpose security console,
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we're going to click on "Manage".
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Right on the first page here you're going to see
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the security console is last update.
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You'll notice that our last update is Tuesday, March 2nd.
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Nexpose is usually updated at least every two weeks,
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so the general rule of thumb is just to make sure that
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this date does not exceed two weeks.
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Once you've confirmed that
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you next bullet is console's up to date,
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we're going to go check on the engines.
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Go ahead and click on "Administration" tab again,
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and go down to where it says
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Nexpose scan engines and click on "Manage".
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This is going to show you a listing of all the engines,
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including any distributed engines that you may have,
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as well as Nexpose host and scan engine,
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which is an optional add-on feature.
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If this one it's not set to active,
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that's okay, as long as you haven't purchased it.
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Also, the rapid seven hosts and scan engine
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is updated and maintained by Rapid 7.
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You won't have to worry
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about the updating of that engine.
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For all the other engines, just make sure
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that the status is set to active,
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and the last update matches
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the previous update that we saw
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with the Nexpose security console.
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If it doesn't, you can try refreshing as well as
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clicking the update button to update the engine manually.
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But if all is well, we'll go ahead and move
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on to running a database maintenance.
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Go ahead and click on "Administration" tab again,
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and we're going to go down to the bottom
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where it says maintenance SAS,
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and click on "Maintenance".
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On this page you'll be able to form
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any database migrations necessary,
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backup and restore and expos,
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which I will go over in another video.
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If you want more details on this,
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go ahead and check out that video separately.
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Then along the bottom you'll see
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Nexpose database maintenance.
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Got to click on this,
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and what this is going to do is clean up the database,
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compress and re-index everything in the database.
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This is really important to maintain
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the performance for your Nexpose system.
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Once you've checked all three boxes,
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go ahead and click on
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"Start Database Maintenance" button.
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Nexpose is going to shut down
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and come back up in maintenance mode.
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This backup, only global administrators
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will be able to log back in.
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You see this is how Nexpose looks
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like when it's running in maintenance mode.
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What we'll do is try and login.
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This will allow you to see the progress
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of the database maintenance.
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Now this can take anywhere from
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a few minutes to a few hours.
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I'm going to go ahead and let this sit
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and I'll pick it back up once this is completed.
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Once this completes, it should say
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Nexpose database maintenance is completed,
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and you should also have
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a restart server button along
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the top as well as the bottom.
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If you have all this go ahead and
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click on one of the restart server buttons,
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you'll get a confirmation dialog box just continue.
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Click "Restart", and next one is going
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to restart backup into its normal mode.
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It's as simple as that.
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Again, just make sure you run this on a regular basis.
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I'd recommend every two to four weeks.
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If you have any questions or run into
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any problems performing any of this,
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just go ahead and click on the support
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link in the upper right-hand corner.
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