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OSSEC implementation in Windows

A user wants to implement OSSEC on a Windows server because he has no server side Linux operating system.

During the installation of OSSEC on my PC, the installation wizard asks for "ossec server IP" and "authentication key". Since I want to work on OSSEC for my own computer and not on the server side, what should I do? I have windows XP SP 2 installed on my PC. Thanks in advance!
Unfortunately, the Windows functionality available for OSSEC only runs in "agent" mode and requires a server. You cannot yet run OSSEC in stand-alone mode on a Windows host. You can see some documentation on this at:

http://www.ossec.net/main/manual/#windows.

As far as I am aware, there are currently no stand-alone open source HIDS products that run on Windows.

This was first published in August 2008

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