Configuring EFT

After you follow the procedures Installing the Server, Interface, and Modules, the next step is to log in to EFT via the Server interface, called the administration interface or AI, and configure the client connections to EFT. The instructions below describe how to configure the first EFT connection and a new remote connection.

You must configure EFT for the first time on the computer on which the EFT service is installed. After you have created the local connection and enabled remote connections, you can connect to and administer EFT remotely.

Even if you plan to restore the Server from a backup, you must still create the initial Server object in the administration interface.

Anytime you connect to the EFT Server service, if no Servers have been defined, the Server Setup wizard Welcome page appears. The Server Setup wizard guides you through EFT configuration or allows you to restore from backup. The wizard helps you configure Server-specific options such as allowing remote administration. After the brief Server Setup wizard is completed, you have the option to run the Site Setup wizard to configure a Site, and then the User Setup wizard to provision a user. (You have to create at least one site for users to be able to connect to EFT.)

You may cancel out of the Server Setup wizard anytime by clicking Cancel or the X in the upper right corner. However, any settings made through the wizard are discarded, except for keys/certificates added to the key manager (by creating or importing).

You will need the following information to create and configure EFT:

If you are configuring your first EFT Server connection, refer to Configure the First EFT Connection, below. If you are configuring a new, remote EFT connection, jump to New (Remote) Connection.

Configure the First EFT Connection

You must first configure the local connection before you can configure a remote location.

To configure EFT on the local computer

  1. After installation is complete, the New Administrator Connection wizard appears. (If you have already defined a connection and want to create another one, refer to New (Remote) Connection.)

  2. Leave This computer selected, then specify the Label for the local connection. By default, the label is LocalHost. Because LocalHost is a very common label, it is a good idea to change the label to something that is easily identifiable in error logs, reports, and remote connections. For example, GS_EFTS. You can label EFT anything you want; the EFT name is not dependent upon the computer name. The EFT Administrator Login page appears.

  3. Click the Authentication box and specify the type of authentication to use for this login. Future connections will default to the authentication type that you specify during this initial login, but you can choose a different type. Authentication types include:

  4. If you specified EFT Server Authentication or Windows Authentication, in the Username and Password boxes, provide the login credentials that you created during installation. The Welcome page appears. Because you have not yet activated the software, the "Free Trial" reminders appear. After you activate, you will not see this prompt.

  5. Do one of the following:

  6. Click Next. The Server Setup wizard Welcome page appears.

  7. Click Next. The FIPS Options page appears. (FIPS requires the ASM or ESM.)

    When you enable FIPS mode, the ciphers, keys, and hash lengths and types that are not FIPS approved are not available. If a FIPS-approved state cannot be achieved when FIPS is enabled, the EFT service is stopped and an error is written to the Windows Event Log.

  8. Click Next. The Remote Administration page appears.

  9. Specify the Listening port. (For security best practices and compliance with the PCI DSS, specify a port other than the default of 1100.)

  10. Click Next. If you chose remote administration, the Secure Remote Administration page appears.

  11. Administrator account credentials are transmitted in plaintext unless SSL is enabled. Organizations complying with the PCI DSS are required to use SSL for remote administration. To enable secure remote administration, select the Use SSL for secure remote administration check box, and then click Next. The SSL Certificate Options page appears.

  12. Do one of the following:

  13. Click Next. The Auditing and Reporting page appears.

  14. If you are using Auditing and Reporting, select the Enable auditing check box, then provide the information required to connect to the ARM database as described below. If you are not using Auditing and Reporting, skip to the next step. (Auditing and reporting is a requirement of the PCI DSS.)

    1. In the Database type area, specify whether you are using SQL Server or Oracle for the auditing database. (Oracle available in EFT Enterprise only.)

    2. In the Host[\Instance Name] box, type EFT name or IP address.

      If you are using SQL Server as the Auditing Database, \InstanceName corresponds to SQL Server's notion of named instances, a feature that allows a given computer to run multiple instances of the SQL Server Database Service. For more information, refer to http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms165614.aspx

    3. In the Authentication box, specify the type of authentication used by the database, either Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication.

      • If you choose SQL Server Authentication, you must also specify the "sa" username and password. In the Username and Password boxes, type the username and password used to connect to the database (not the EFT credentials).

    4. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database.

    5. In the In case of audit database error area, specify an Action for EFT to take if there is an error with the database. To stop recording data, select Stop auditing. To continue recording data to a file, select Audit to folder, and specify the location for the log file.

      UNC paths are supported. The Globalscape Server service must run on a computer that has access to the network share, and the full UNC path must be used, that is: \\xcvd.forest.intranet.xc\Common_Files, not G:\Common. IPv6 literals must use the Microsoft-specific IPv6 address form that uses "ipv6-literal.net" for use in a UNC path. (Refer to the Wiki article about IPv6 for more information about IPv6 literals in UNC paths.)

  15. To try to recover from a database error automatically, select the Attempt to reconnect every check box and specify the frequency in seconds.

  16. In the E-mail notification area, select the Notify on disconnect check box and/or the Notify on reconnect check box, and then specify the e-mail address(es) to which EFT is to send database connection error notifications. You can add as many e-mail addresses as needed; separate the addresses with a comma or semicolon. EFT uses its global SMTP e-mail settings from the SMTP Configuration to send the e-mails. You will configure those settings on the next page.

  17. Click Next. The specify SMTP Server Settings page appears.

  18. In the From e-mail address box, specify the e-mail address for e-mail notifications (such as those triggered by Event Rules). This is the address that appears in the From box of e-mails sent by EFT. For example, type noreply@serverhost.com.

  19. In the SMTP host address boxes, specify the SMTP server host address and port.

  20. If the Use SMTP server authentication, select the check box and provide the Username and Password.

  21. Click Next. Server Setup is complete.

    You are offered the option of continuing to the Site Setup wizard, or quitting the wizard, saving EFT settings, and configuring the Site(s) later. You must configure at least one Site (a virtual host) to service inbound connections to EFT.

  22. Click an option, then click Finish. If you chose FIPS mode for SSL and/or SSH, prompts appear explaining that EFT has entered FIPS mode. Click OK to dismiss the prompts.

  23. If you chose Run the Site Setup wizard now, the Site Setup wizard Welcome page appears.

  24. Refer to Defining Connections to EFT for the procedure for configuring the Site. The procedure differs depending on the user authentication type you choose.

New Remote Connection

After you have configured a local connection to EFT, you can create a remote connection.

To create a new (remote) EFT administrator connection

  1. On the main menu click File > New Server. The New Administrator Connection page appears.

  2. Be sure that the remote Server service is running, and that it allows remote administration. Then:

    1. Click A remote computer.

    2. In the Label box, provide a name for the remote Server.

    3. In the Host address box, provide the IP address at which the remote Server allows connections.

    4. In the Port box, provide the port through which the remote Server allows connections.

  3. Click Next. The Login page appears.

  4. Click the Authentication box and specify the type of authentication to use for this login. Future connections will default to the authentication type that you specify during this initial login, but you can choose a different type. Authentication types include:

  5. If you specified EFT Server Authentication or Windows Authentication, in the Username and Password boxes, provide the login credentials that you created during installation. The Welcome page appears. Because you have not yet activated the software, the "Free Trial" reminders appear. After you activate, you will not see this prompt.

  6. Do one of the following:

  7. Click Next. The Server Setup wizard Welcome page appears.

  8. If you are restoring from a backup, click Restore from Backup, then refer to Backing Up or Restoring Server Configuration for the procedure. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

  9. If you are not restoring from a backup (EFT Enterprise only), click Next. The FIPS Options page appears.

    When you enable FIPS mode, the ciphers, keys, and hash lengths and types that are not FIPS approved are not available. If a FIPS-approved state cannot be achieved when FIPS is enabled, the EFT service is stopped and an error is written to the Windows Event Log.

  10. Click Next. The Remote Administration page appears.

  11. Because you are configuring a remote administrator connection, ensure that the Allow remote administration check box is selected.

  12. Specify the Listening IPs.

    1. Click Configure to specify one or more IP addresses. The Listening IP Settings dialog box appears.

    2. All Incoming (IPv4) is selected by default. Select the check boxes for addresses that you want to allow; clear the check boxes for the addresses that you do not want to allow, and then click OK.

  13. Specify the Listening port. (For security best practices and compliance with the PCI DSS, specify a port other than the default of 1100.)

  14. Click Next. The Secure Remote Administration page appears.

  15. Administrator account credentials are transmitted in plaintext unless SSL is enabled. Organizations complying with the PCI DSS are required to use SSL for remote administration. To enable secure remote administration, select the Use SSL for secure remote administration check box, and then click Next. The SSL Certificate Options page appears.

  16. Do one of the following:

  17. Click Next. The Auditing and Reporting page appears.

  18. If you are using Auditing and Reporting, select the Enable auditing check box, then provide the information required to connect to the ARM database as described below. If you are not using Auditing and Reporting, skip to the next step. (Auditing and reporting is a requirement of the PCI DSS.)

    1. In the Database type area, specify whether you are using SQL Server or Oracle for the auditing database. (Oracle available in EFT Enterprise only.)

    2. In the Host[\Instance Name] box, type EFT name or IP address.

      If you are using SQL Server as the Auditing Database, \InstanceName corresponds to SQL Server's notion of named instances, a feature that allows a given computer to run multiple instances of the SQL Server Database Service. For more information, refer to http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms165614.aspx

    3. In the Authentication box, specify the type of authentication used by the database, either Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication.

      • If you choose SQL Server Authentication, you must also specify the "sa" username and password. In the Username and Password boxes, type the username and password used to connect to the database (not the EFT credentials).

    4. In the Database Name box, type the name of the database.

    5. In the Audit failure notification e-mail address box, type the e-mail address to which EFT is to send database connection error notifications. You can add as many e-mail addresses as needed; separate the addresses with a comma or semicolon. EFT uses its global SMTP e-mail settings from the SMTP Configuration to send the e-mails. You will configure those settings on the next page.

    6. In the In case of audit database error area, specify an Action for EFT to take if there is an error with the database. To stop recording data, select Stop auditing. To continue recording data to a file, select Audit to folder, and specify the location for the log file.

      UNC paths are supported. The Globalscape Server service must run on a computer that has access to the network share, and the full UNC path must be used, that is: \\xcvd.forest.intranet.xc\Common_Files, not G:\Common.

  19. Click Next. The specify SMTP Server Settings page appears.

  20. In the From e-mail address box, specify the e-mail address for e-mail notifications (such as those triggered by Event Rules). This is the address that appears in the From box of e-mails sent by EFT. For example, type noreply@serverhost.com.

  21. In the SMTP host address boxes, specify the SMTP server host address and port.

  22. If the Use SMTP server authentication, select the check box and provide the Username and Password.

  23. Click Next. Server Setup is complete.

    You are offered the option of continuing to the Site Setup wizard, or quitting the wizard, saving EFT settings, and configuring the Site(s) later. You must configure at least one Site to service inbound connections to EFT.

  24. Click an option, then click Finish. If you chose FIPS mode for SSL and/or SSH, prompts appear explaining that EFT has entered FIPS mode. Click OK to dismiss the prompts.

  25. If you chose Run the Site Setup wizard now, the Site Setup wizard Welcome page appears.

  26. Refer to Defining Connections to EFT for the procedure for configuring the Site. The procedure differs depending on the user authentication type you choose.

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