Explore Post-deployment Checklist

After you deploy the ExtraHop Explore appliance, log into the Explore Admin UI, and configure the following settings. Refer to the section of the ExtraHop Explore Admin UI Guide specified in each action below, except where noted.

Maintain system security after the evaluation period. Change the default password. For more information, see the Change password section.
Time is critical in the Explore appliance, particularly when doing event correlation with time-based metrics and logs. Verify that the NTP settings are correct for your infrastructure, test settings, and sync NTP. For more information, see the System Time section.
Time Zone
The correct time zone is critical to run scheduled reports at the correct time. Ensure the Explore appliance has the correct time zone. For more information, see the System Time section.
Remote Authentication
Set up remote authentication. The Explore appliance integrates with RADIUS, TACACS, and LDAP for remote integration. For more information, see the Remote Authentication section.
Firmware Update
The ExtraHop appliance firmware is updated often with enhancements and resolved defects. Verify that you have the current firmware. For more information, see Upgrade the firmware on your ExtraHop appliance.
Audit Logging
The Explore appliance can send events to a remote syslog collector. Configure the Explore appliance to send audit logs. For more information, see the Audit Log section.
The Explore appliance can email alerts and system-health notifications. Set up and test notifications. For more information, see Email Server and Sender section.
System Notifications
The Explore appliance can send email notifications if disk errors are detected. Add email addresses to receive system health notifications. For more information, see the Notifications section.
Each physical Explore appliance has an iDRAC port, similar to iLO or KVM over Ethernet. Connect and configure the iDRAC port. For more information, see Configuring the iDRAC Remote Access Console.
SSL Certificate
Each ExtraHop appliance ships with a self-signed certificate. If you have a PKI deployment, generate your own certificate and upload it to each ExtraHop appliance. For more information, see the SSL certificate section in the Admin UI guide.
DNS A Record
It is easier to access an Explore appliance by hostname than by IP address. Create an A record in your DNS root ("exa.yourdomain.local") for each Explore appliance in your deployment. Refer to your DNS administration manual.
Published 2021-04-19 10:06