Configure ARKWE

There are two ways to configure ARKWE - one through the configuration wizard and the other by directly modifying the specific configuration settings.
 

Using ARKWE Configuration Wizard
 

ARKWE configuration wizard will help you configure the application during the startup of the first run. You can access the wizard anytime by choosing Tools > Configuration Wizard from the main application menu.
 

 
 
Click Next to proceed.
 
Step 1 of 3 : Database Settings
 

 

ARKWE may be configured to use either MS-Access MDB or SQL Server database for its data storage to generate reports. If you choose SQL server, ARKWE requires an SQL Server running SQL Server 2012 / 2008 / 2005 (Enterprise / Standard / Express editions) to connect and create a database. ARKWE will connect to the specified SQL Server based on the authentication mode and the user credentials to create and manage its own application databases. Database will be created in the specified SQL server based on the following database options (whichever is selected):
 

  1. Use a single central database for all instances of the application


    • A new database will be created in the SQL server by the name ARKWE. Inside the ARKWE database, separate tables will be created for each installation of ARKWE. The table names will be prefixed with the computer name that is running ARKWE application. Thus, each installation of ARKWE will deploy its own tables based on the computer where ARKWE is installed. For example, if you install the software on 3 different computers, single database with 3 different tables will be created inside the single database and each installed application will generate reports separately independent of each other.

  2. Use a separate database for each instance of the application


    • A new database will be created in the SQL server by the name ARKWE-<COMPUTERNAME>, where COMPUTERNAME stands for the computer name that is running ARKWE application. Thus, each installation of ARKWE will deploy its own database based on the computer where ARKWE is installed. For example, if you install the software on 3 different computers, 3 different databases will be created and each installed application will generate reports separately independent of each other.
Specify the SQL Server name, authentication mode, user name and password in the above screen.
Click Next to proceed.
 
Step 2 of 3: Computer Enumeration
 

ARKWE uses Computer Browser Services or Active Directory services for enumerating computers in your domain. In order to automatically enumerate computers in your network, the application may be configured to use either the Computer Browser Service (uses Windows Network APIs) or your Active Directory (queries your AD for Computer Accounts).

  1. Use Computer Browser Service
    • Uses Windows Network API to enumerate computers in a domain. This displays all the computers that are currently active in your Network. This option may be used if you have a small network for faster enumeration of computers.
  2. Use Active Directory Services
    • Queries your Directory Server to enumerate its computers. This option requires Domain Administrator credentials to connect to your domain controller.


 
 

Click Next to proceed.
Step 3 of 3: Domain Credentials

Manage alternate credentials for Domain / Directory Servers. The application by default uses the currently logged on user context to enumerate computers, shares and to collect report data. If you want to specify alternate Domain Administrator credentials you may do so by clicking on the 'Add ' button below. Click 'Add domains from forest' option to enumerate domains from a different forest and then supply necessary credentials for the selected domain.


For more information on Domain Credentials please refer Domain Credentials. Click Finish to save the configuration details.

Using the Configuration Settings Dialog

You may directly modify the configuration settings, once you get familiar with the user interface. You may access the Configuration Settings menu from the Tools menu in the application. Once you open the Settings window, you will see the different modules for configuration.