Microsoft Windows: Install a sensor

Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Server 2012 and 2016.

Before you begin

Verify you've met all the network requirements

  • Verify you've met all the deployment requirements
  • Verify your Microsoft system meets all the hardware and software requirements
  • Have experience working with your Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Have admin permissions to install the sensor
  • Have necessary permissions in CertCentral

See Discovery workflow and permissions and Sensor installation requirements.

Install sensor

Download the sensor from your CertCentral account

  1. In CertCentral, in the sidebar menu, click Discovery > Manage Discovery.

  2. On the Scan page, click Add sensor.

  3. On the Set up a sensor page, under step 1 Download a discovery sensor in the Windows section, click Download.

  4. Save the sensor_{{version number}}_win64.zip file to your computer, making sure to note the location.

  5. Extract the contents of the zip file so you can run the executable file (.exe).

Install the sensor

  1. On your Windows machine, run the installer executable file as an administrator.

    Right click on the sensor .exe file and select Run as administrator.

  2. The DigiCert Sensor Setup wizard checks your Windows computer verifying that it meets the minimum requirements.

  3. After you accept the End-User license agreementterms and select an installation folder, the wizard installs the sensor as a Windows service.

    By default, the wizard installs the sensor in C:\Program Files\DigiCert\.

Sensor activation note
You can activate the sensor now or later. However, you must activate the sensor before you can set up a scan with it. If you choose to activate the sensor later, see Microsoft Windows: Activate or start a sensor.

Activate and start the sensor

Now that the sensor is installed on your Windows computer, activate and restart it. DigiCert recommends using the wizard to activate and start the sensor now.

  1. In the DigiCert Sensor Setup wizard, check Activate DigiCert Sensor and click Finish.

  2. On the Activate DigiCert Sensor page, select CertCentral, enter your CertCentral credentials (username and password), and click Connect.

    Once authenticated, the wizard retrieves the divisions you have access to. If you don't have divisions, the wizard retrieves the name of the organization for your account.

  3. If you have divisions in your account, in the Divisions dropdown, select the division you want to assign the sensor to.

  4. Finally, in the Sensor name box, enter a name and then click Next.

Sensor start note:
You can start the sensor now or later. However, you must start the sensor before you can set up a scan with it. If you choose to start the sensor later, see Microsoft Windows: Activate or start a sensor.

  1. Check Start DigiCert Sensor.

  2. Click Finish.

What's next

You're ready to set up and run a scan using this sensor. See Set up and run a scan.