Installing Asset

Tanium as a Service automatically handles module installations and upgrades.

Use the Tanium Solutions page to install Asset and choose either automatic or manual configuration:

  • Automatic configuration with default settings (Tanium 7.4.2 and later only): Asset is installed with any required dependencies and other selected products. After installation, the Tanium Server automatically configures the recommended default settings. This option is the best practice for most deployments. For more information about the automatic configuration for Asset, see Import and configure Asset with default settings.
  • Manual configuration with custom settings: After installing Asset, you must manually configure required settings. Select this option only if Asset requires settings that differ from the recommended default settings. For more information, see Import and configure Asset with custom settings.

Before you begin

Import and configure Asset with default settings

When you import Asset with automatic configuration, the following default settings are configured:

  • The Asset service account is set to the account that you used to import the module.
  • The import schedule is set to start collecting data and generating reports.

To import Asset and configure default settings, be sure to select the Apply Tanium recommended configurations check box while performing the steps in Tanium Console User Guide: Manage Tanium modules. After the import, verify that the correct version is installed: see Verify Asset version.

Import and configure Asset with custom settings

To import Asset without automatically configuring default settings, be sure to clear the Apply Tanium recommended configurations check box while performing the steps in Tanium Console User Guide: Manage Tanium modules. After the import, verify that the correct version is installed: see Verify Asset version.

Configure service account

The service account is a user that runs several background processes for Asset. The user for the service account must have the Tanium Administrator role.

For more information about Asset permissions, see User role requirements.

  1. From the Main menu, click Modules > Asset to open the Asset Home page.
  2. Click Settings and open the Service Account tab.
  3. Update the service account settings and click Save.

Enable scheduled actions for file evidence content

(Optional) Asset includes file evidence content with sensors that are specific to Flexera. To collect Asset data for Flexera, this content must be deployed to the endpoints.

For more information about Flexera integration, see Flexera FlexNet Manager Suite.

  1. From the Asset Home page, click Settings , and open the Scheduled Actions tab.
  2. Click Create Scheduled Actions. The Tanium Asset action group and associated actions to deploy tools and distribute configurations are created.

    By default, the computer group target for the Tanium Asset action group includes all computers.

  3. Click Edit Scheduled Actions to configure the computer group on which you want to deploy Asset packages.
  4. Click the Tanium Asset action group, then click Edit.
  5. If necessary, update the action group to include a computer group that has the computers you want to include in your Asset data.

Enable collection of Active Directory (AD) information

(Optional) To gather user data from Windows endpoints, including Full Name, Email, Phone, Department, and Location, install the Active Directory Query solution and create a scheduled action for the Collect Active Directory Info package.

For Mac and Linux endpoints, you do not need to deploy any actions to get this information.

  1. Install the Active Directory Query solution.
    1. From the Main menu, click Solutions.
    2. In the Tanium Content section, select the Core AD Query Content row and click Import Solution.
    3. Review the list of packages and sensors and click Proceed with Import.
  2. Run the Collect Active Directory Info package on your endpoints with a scheduled action. For more information, see Tanium Core Platform User Guide: Managing Scheduled Actions.

    1. Use the Is Windows sensor to target Windows endpoints.

    2. Deploy the Collect Active Directory Info package to your endpoints. Configure a saved action as a scheduled action. Set Distribute Over to 1 hour, and set Reissue Every to 3 hours.

The action gets recent sign ins and the primary user of each system. A primary user has the most interactive sign-ins the past 30 days. You can access this information with the Primary User Details sensor, or by adding the User Name column to a report.

Set user permissions on attributes

In addition to the Asset user roles that control access to Asset reports and settings as a whole, you can define more detailed permissions that are based on individual attribute values. For example, you can create permissions that assign a user group permission to access information about Windows or Mac platform assets only. If a user belongs to multiple user groups, the permissions for all the user groups are combined with an OR operator.

Before you begin, you must have a user group to which you want to assign the Asset permissions. See Tanium Core Platform User Guide: Managing user groups. For the users in this user group to access Asset, they also must have an Asset user role assigned. See User role requirements.

  1. From the Asset Home page, click Settings . Click the Permissions tab.
  2. Click Create Permissions.
  3. Select the user group from the list that you want to assign.
  4. Add a Condition. This list of attributes is from the ci_item table of the Asset database.
    For example, to assign the user group permission to view Windows assets only, set to OS Platform contains Windows.
  5. Click Save to create each condition.
  6. Click Create.

Upgrade Asset

For the steps to upgrade Asset, see Tanium Console User Guide: Manage Tanium modules. After the upgrade, verify that the correct version is installed: see Verify Asset version.

Verify Asset version

After you import or upgrade Asset, verify that the correct version is installed:

  1. Refresh your browser.
  2. From the Main menu, click Modules > Asset to open the Asset Home page.
  3. To display version information, click Info Info.

What to do next

See Getting started for more information about using Asset.