Distributing Windows Monitoring Client Settings with a Registry File

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An optional .reg file contains values used to define settings such as the Group, Auto-Update, and more. The following will help you edit, and deploy these settings ahead of the .msi installer.

Group specific installers are built with a Group name embedded.

Sample .reg File

Installers > Windows

Navigate to Installers > Windows.

Mass Deployment - Download Sample .reg File

Under Mass Deployment, click on the monitoringclient.reg icon to download the sample registry file.

Client Group

The Watchman Monitoring Server's Dashboard uses a Group setting to help sort an identify Computer Records.

The Group value is stored in a key called ClientGroup, and can be pre-set using this sample .reg file

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MonitoringClient]
"ClientGroup"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MonitoringClient]
"ClientGroup"=""

Enter the desired Group value in between quotes for the 32 and 64 bit systems.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MonitoringClient]
"ClientGroup"="Pretendco"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MonitoringClient]
"ClientGroup"="Pretendco"

Good Group values might reference a company name, a department, or the surname of a computer's owner.

Auto-Update

Watchman Monitoring Monitoring Client software ships with Auto-Update enabled. Auto-update can be disabled, and updates run manually.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MonitoringClient]
"AutoUpdateEnabled"="1"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MonitoringClient]
"AutoUpdateEnabled"="1"

Set AutoUpdateEnabled to 0 (Zero) to disable.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MonitoringClient]
"AutoUpdateEnabled"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MonitoringClient]
"AutoUpdateEnabled"="0"

Deploying Registry Changes through Group Policy

You may also use a startup script policy for computer registry configuration or logon script policy for user registry configuration.

  1. Export or create your registry modify item to a .reg file,
  2. Create a new GPO and link it to a scope (site, domain or OU level not a Group)
  3. Set at Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Script\Startup (for computer registry configuration)
  4. Or User Configuration\Windows Settings\Script\Logon
  5. Add the settings use regedit.exe call our .reg file (with the /s switch)
  6. Copy the .reg file to Logon folder (script>Add>Browse>Logon folder)

For more information please refer to following article:

Deploying Custom Registry Changes through Group Policy


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