Quick Start Guide

How to install CurrentWare

Welcome to the CurrentWare Installation Guide. In this guide, you will find out how easy it is to install our CurrentWare Software on your network.

There are two components you need to install to get CurrentWare running on your network.

1. Install CurrentWare Console

1. Install CurrentWare Console

This includes the CurrentWare Console, Server and our solutions on the manager's computer.
2. Install CurrentWare Clients

2. Install CurrentWare Clients

You need to install the CurrentWare Client on all the computers you want to manage.

Installing the CurrentWare Console

Pick a computer to install the CurrentWare Console on. Usually, the Console is installed on a person’s computer that is responsible for managing the other computers on the network.

Recommended locations to install the CurrentWare Console:

  • A manager’s computer
  • A server
  1. Run the CurrentWare.exe

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  2. Accept the terms in the License Agreement
  3. Select the Security Solutions you want to install.
    • AccessPatrol: Block USB and external devices
    • BrowseControl: Web Filter and Application Blocking
    • Category Filtering: Add-on to BrowseControl to block millions of websites with one click
    • BrowseReporter: Internet Activity Tracking
    • enPowerManager: Remote Power Management
  4. The Installer will proceed to install the CurrentWare Server, Console and Security Solutions onto your computer
Once you have the CurrentWare Console installed on your computer, you will need to install the CurrentWare Client on all the computers you want to manage.

Installing the CurrentWare Client

The CurrentWare Client is required to be installed on the computers you want to manage. There are three methods to install the CurrentWare Clients.

Before you begin:
Make sure you have the Computer Name of your CurrentWare Server!

Go to the CurrentWare Server computer. Click on Start Menu > Right click on "Computer" and select "Properties"

Take note of the CurrentWare Server's Computer Name. You will need this during the client installation

Install Method #1 - Run the cwClient.exe Setup File Locally

This is the easiest and most straight-forward method to install the CurrentWare Client.

Take the CurrentWare Client setup file from your CurrentWare Server computer and run it locally on each computer you want to manage. The cwClient.exe setup file is located in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\CurrentWare\cwClient\cwClient.exe, or
C:\Program Fiels(x86)\CurrentWare\cwClient\cwClient.exe

You may want to put the setup file on a USB key or on your network drive for easy access.

The installer will ask you for the IP address or computer name of the CurrentWare Console to establish a connection. Make sure you have this information handy during the Client install.

You may change the CurrentWare Client password during the installation (the default CurrentWare Client password is Admin).

After the CurrentWare Client is installed, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console and show up on the computer list.

Install Method #2 – Remote Client Install

Important! Windows Firewall and User Access Control (UAC) must be disabled on your target computers.

The Remote Client install is a built-in feature of the CurrentWare Console.

You can open the Remote Client Install window from Install > Remote Client Install.

The computer name of your CurrentWare Server is filled out automatically.

Important! the option “Reboot Client systems after installation” will restart your client computer after the remote install. Uncheck this option if you prefer not to restart the computers.

Add the computer name or IP address of the computers you want to install the CurrentWare Clients on.

Put in the Administrator name and password for the target computer. This could be the local administrator account or the domain administrator account.

Click Finish to complete the installation.

After the CurrentWare Client is installed, it will connect to your CurrentWare Console and show up on the computer list.

Having trouble with Remote Client Install? Check out the Troubleshooting Tips for Remote Client Install guide

Install Method #3 – Active Directory or Command Line Deployment

For installs involving a large number of client computers, you can use this CurrentWare Client Install command line to perform the installation.

Z:\cwClient.exe ALLUSERS=1 USERPARAMS="-p Admin -ds -rp newpassword -sp confirmpassword" /qn /norestart

Replace the values highlighted in red in the command line.

  1. Replace Z:\ with the network location of your cwClient.exe file.
  2. Replace the value after -ds with your CurrentWare Server IP Address or Computer Name
  3. Replace the value after -rp with a new CurrentWare Client password
  4. Replace the value after -sp to confirm the new CurrentWare Client password
Optional Parameters:
  • /qn: Install the CurrentWare Client in Quiet mode
  • /norestart: the computer will not restart after the install

To deploy the CurrentWare Client in Active Directory using Group policy, please contact our technical support team for further assistance. You can reach us at support@currentware.com