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This guide describes how to deploy the Tanium Appliance in a Tanium Core Platform role and how to use TanOS menus.

Appliance roles

    You can deploy a Tanium Appliance in any of the following Tanium Core Platform roles:

  • Tanium™ Server

    The core server that communicates with clients. The Tanium Server also runs the UI console and API services and communicates with all other platform and solution components, as well as the content.tanium.com servers that host Tanium content packs and Tanium solution module import packages. The Tanium Server depends on a database server that is installed when the Tanium Server role is installed.

  • Tanium™ Module Server

    A dedicated server to run application services and store files for Tanium solution modules. It is installed on a separate appliance to prevent intentional or accidental scripts from having a direct impact on the Tanium Server.

  • All-in-One

    Tanium Server, Tanium Module Server, and database server on the same appliance. An All-in-One deployment is supported only for proof-of-concept (POC) deployments.

  • Tanium™ Zone Server

    A server typically deployed in an enterprise DMZ network to proxy traffic between Tanium™ Clients that reside on limited-access networks and a Tanium Server that resides on the trusted core network.


In an enterprise production deployment, the Tanium™ Server and Tanium™ Module Server reside on separate Tanium Appliances.

Figure  1:  Enterprise production or enterprise lab deployment

TanOS menus

The Tanium operating system (TanOS) includes a menu interface to guide you through installation, configuration, and maintenance tasks.

TanOS Flexible Menu Search

The instructions in this guide show the canonical navigation steps to complete a task. Alternatively, you can use the TanOS Flexible Menu Search (FMS) feature to navigate.

To access FMS, enter F from the tanadmin (main) menu.

Figure  2:  Flexible Menu Search

For help with FMS, type help and then select the help menu.

Figure  3:  Flexible Menu Search: Help

To navigate with FMS, start typing. Use the TAB key to complete the current word. Use a SPACE key to go to a submenu and use the Enter key to select the menu.

Figure  4:  Flexible Menu Search: Navigation

FMS also has shortcuts to some menus. A shortcut is a keyword that navigates directly to the menu. For a list of shortcut keywords, type shortcuts.

Figure  5:  Flexible Menu Search: Shortcuts

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