Host GS: Hosts View

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You set up and maintain the physical or virtual machine on which NetWitness Platform services run in the Hosts view.

IMPORTANT: For help with resolving errors you receive during version installation and update, see Troubleshooting Version Installations and Updates .

A service performs a unique function, such as collecting logs or archiving data. Each service runs on a dedicated port and is modeled as a plug-in to enable or disable, according to the function of the host. You must configure the Core services first. You must configure hosts and services to communicate with the network and each other so they can perform their functions such as storing or capturing data. 


This workflow shows the procedures you complete to set up a host, maintain a host, and update the host with new NetWitness Platform versions. Setting up a host is the first task in this workflow. The hosts with Core services are set up out-of-the-box. After that, you can set up additional hosts to enhance your NetWitness Platform deployment. The other two tasks, maintaining a host and updating versions for a host, are performed when required and do not have a specific order of completion.

Basic workflow of setting up a host and maintaining hosts and services

What do you want to do?

User RoleI want to...Documentation
Administrator set up a host.*

Setting Up a Host

Administratormaintain a host.* Maintaining Hosts


maintain a service.

Maintaining Services

Administratorapply version updates to a host.*

Apply Version Upgrades to a Host

* You can perform these tasks in the current view.

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Quick Look

This is an example of the Hosts view.

Example of the Hosts view with numbered callouts

1 Groups Panel Toolbar - Provides options to work with host groups in the list.
2 Groups Panel - Lists all host groups currently in your deployment.
3 Hosts List Toolbar - Provides options to work with the Hosts list.
4 Hosts List - Lists all hosts currently in your deployment.

Groups Panel Toolbar

The Add icon Displays a new row in the Groups panel in which you enter the name of a new group.
The Delete icon

Asks for confirmation that you want to delete the group. You can confirm or cancel the deletion.

The Rename icon Opens the field for renaming the selected preexisting group. You can also double click on the group name in the Groups panel to rename the group. Changes take effect immediately.
The Refresh icon Refreshes the Groups panel to reflect the changes and goes back to the All group view. Changes take effect immediately.

Groups Panel

The Groups panel provides a logical way to organize hosts, such as by function, geography, or project. Once hosts are grouped, it is easier to perform operations on multiple hosts by interacting with each host in a group rather than individual hosts from an non-grouped list. You can drag a host from the Hosts list to add it to a group. A host may belong to more than one group.

Note: In NetWitness Live, groups can subscribe to resources while individual hosts cannot.

Column TitleDescription
Name The host groups are displayed in the Groups panel. The number next to each group name displays the number of hosts that added to the group.

Hosts List Toolbar

The Hosts list toolbar contains the tools that you use to maintain the hosts in your NetWitness Platform deployment.

The Remove drop-down list


This drop-down list displays two options.

  • Remove Host: Deletes the selected host from both the host group and the Hosts list altogether. All related services will be removed as well.
  • Remove From Group: Removes the selected host from the host group. The Host will still be available in the Hosts list.

Changes take effect immediately.

The Edit icon

Opens the Edit Host dialog in which you edit a host or service identification and basic communication settings. See Step 1. Deploy a Host for more information.

The Install icon

Opens the Install Services dialog from which you can install a service on a deployed host. See Step 2. Install a Service on a Host for more information.

The Update drop-down list

This drop-down list displays two options.

  • Update Host: Updates the selected hosts with the version you select in the Update Version column.
  • Check for Updates: Checks the Local Update Repo for the latest updates available from RSA.

Changes take effect immediately. See Apply Version Upgrades to a Host for more information.

The Discover icon

Most of the time, the Discovery function completes automatically and you do not need to click The Discover option.

For a fresh installation, click Discover to access the Provision dialog box so you can complete the provisioning phase. After the provisioning phase, NetWitness Platform automatically discovers services running on the host and you do not need to click Discover.

The Reboot Host icon Restarts the host immediately.

The Filter field

Entering a Name or Host here filters the list. This field allows you to quickly find a particular host.

Hosts List

The Checkbox icon Select the host by clicking the corresponding checkbox in this column. To select all of the hosts, select the checkbox in the header.

Displays the name of the host that was given when the host was installed. This column is organized in alphabetical order by default. Click the Name column title to view in reverse alphabetical order.

HostDisplays the IP address of each host.

Displays the number of services added to the host.

Current VersionDisplays the version that the host is currently on.
Update Version

Displays a drop-down list of versions that the user can upgrade to. See Apply Version Upgrades to a Host for more information.

StatusDisplays whether or not the host is upgraded to the most current version. If the host is on the most current version, then the Status displays "Up-to-Date".

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