Installing Impact

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

  • Automatic configuration with default settings: Impact 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 Impact, see Import and configure Impact with default settings.
  • Manual configuration with custom settings: After installing Impact, you must manually configure required settings. Select this option only if Impact requires settings that differ from the recommended default settings. For more information, see Import and configure Impact with custom settings.

Before you begin

  • Read the release notes.
  • Review the Impact requirements.
  • Assign the correct roles to users for Impact. Review the User role requirements.
    • To import the Impact solution, you must be assigned the Administrator reserved role.
    • To configure the Impact action group, you must be assigned the Content Administrator reserved role.

Import and configure Impact with default settings

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

  • The Impact service account is set to the account that you used to import the module.
  • The Impact action group is set to the All Computers computer group. Because Impact is currently supported only on Windows endpoints, the Targeting Criteria for the action to distribute the Impact tools filters the group to Windows endpoints.

To import Impact 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 Impact version.

Import and configure Impact with custom settings

To import Impact 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 Impact version.

Configure service account

The service account is a user that runs background processes for Impact.

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

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

Configure the Impact action group

To analyze sessions and endpoints, endpoints must have the Impact tools installed. Importing Impact automatically creates an action group to target specific endpoints. Select the computer groups to include in the Impact action group. By default, Impact targets No Computers.

To configure the action group, you must be assigned the Content Administrator reserved role.

The Impact tools distribute the Python tools from Initial Content - Python content pack to endpoints. If the endpoints that you want to analyze with Impact already have the Python tools installed, you do not need to distribute them again. To check if endpoints have the Python tools, ask the question: Get Python - Tools Version from all machines.

  1. From the Main menu, click Console > Actions > Scheduled Actions.
  2. In the list of action groups, click Tanium Impact.
  3. Click Edit, select computer groups to include in the action group, and click Save.

Configure connections to domains

Configure connections to the Active Directory domains that you want to analyze with Impact.

  • Active Directory referrals are not supported. You must create a connection for each domain that you want to synchronize.
  • You can create a connection to a Global Catalog server to synchronize an entire Active Directory forest.

  1. From the Main menu, click Modules > Impact to open the Impact Home page.
  2. Click Settings and open the Domains tab.
  3. Click New Domain.
  4. Specify the settings for the connection to the domain:

    1. Name: Specify the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the domain. For example: domain.com.

      Specify the FQDN for the domain, not the domain controller.

    2. LDAP Server: Specify the LDAP connection string for the domain controller. For example: dc.domain.com/ or 10.0.0.5.

      Port: Specify the port to use when the Module Server connects to the Active Directory server. The default port is 636.

      Use TLS is selected by default. Clear this option if you are not using TLS. TLS requires certificates on your domain controller, and your Module Server must trust the certificate authority that issued the certificates.

    3. Certificate: If you are using LDAPS, verify the details of the host's certificate before you provide the credentials.
    4. Username: Specify the user name to use when connecting to the domain controller.

      The user name can be in DOMAIN\User format or UPN format ([email protected]). UPN format works only for user accounts that have the UPN attribute populated.

      Use an account with read-only permissions to the domain controller. For detailed requirements for this user, see Active Directory user account.

    5. Password: Provide the password for the user.

  5. Click Validate to verify that the information entered is valid.
  6. After you validate the credentials, click Save.

After you save the domain connection, data collection and analysis begins automatically.

Manually collect and analyze data

Data is automatically synchronized between endpoints, all configured domains, and the Impact internal databases every 24 hours. To view the last time that data was collected and analyzed , and the next scheduled collection and analysis , go to the Data Collection & Sync tab in Impact Settings . To initiate data collection and analysis manually, click Collect & Analyze.

Data collection and analysis is a long-running process. Do not initiate this process frequently. If a request is already in progress, the requested operation does not run.

Upgrade Impact

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

Verify Impact version

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

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