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

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

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
Note: for companies installing CurrentWare on more than 300 computers, we recommend installing SQL Server Professional as the database.
  1. Run the CurrentWare.exe

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    setup file
  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

Next Step - obtain your cwServer computer name

Go to Start menu > type in CMD to launch the command prompt. In command prompt, type in Hostname to obtain the computer name of your cwServer.

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.

Install Method #1 - Run the cwClientSetup.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. You may want to put the setup file on a USB key or on your network drive for easy access.

The cwClientSetup.exe setup file is located in the following directory:

C:\Program Files(x86)\CurrentWare\cwClient\cwClientSetup.exe

Run the cwClientSetup.exe to begin your installation.

CurrentWare Server Name: 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.

Client Password: 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:\cwClientSetup.exe /qn ALLUSERS=1 USERPARAMS="-p Admin -ds" /norestart

Replace the values highlighted in red in the command line.

  1. Replace Z:\ with the network location of your cwClientSetup.exe file.
  2. Replace the value after -ds with your CurrentWare Server IP Address or Computer Name
Optional Parameters:
  • /qn: Install the CurrentWare Client in Quiet mode
  • /norestart: the computer will not restart after the install