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Configuring Distributed Processing in Quin-C

Created by: Brendan Bone
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Question

How do I configure Quin-C to use Distributed Processing? 

 

Prerequisites

  • A domain-level service account with local administrator permissions to all involved machines and full access to case, evidence, and export shares.
  • Open the following incoming ports on the servers running their respective components:

    Component

    Port

    Microsoft SQL Server

    1433 (or custom port)

    Distributed Processing Manager

    34096

    Distributed Processing Engine

    34097

    Quin-C Server

    4443 (or custom port)

    All machines (if using MSSQL)

    135 (DTC), 1024-65535 (DCOM)

Answer

  1. Install the Distributed Processing Manager on the desired machine.
  2. Install the Distributed Processing Engine on any desired machines.
    1. Make sure to check "Install as a Distributed Processing Engine" when installing the Processing Engine.
  3. Open the Distributed Processing Manager Configuration, typically located at "[drive]:\Program Files\AccessData\Distributed Processing Manager\[version]\ProcessingManagerConfig.exe", as Administrator.
  4. For each of the machines running the Distributed Processing Engine, do the following:
    1. In the Computer name/IP field, enter the name/IP of the machine.
    2. Click Add.
  5. After adding all desired processing machines, click Save and Close.
  6. If the Distributed Processing Manager is installed on a different machine than Quin-C Server, do the following:
    1. Navigate to the Forensic Tools bin folder (typically "[drive]:\Program Files\AccessData\Forensic Tools\[version]\bin\").
    2. Open ADG.WeblabSelfHost.exe.config in a text editor.
    3. In the appSettings section, find and change the value of the ProcessManager key to the hostname of the Distributed Processing Manager machine, as shown below:
      <add key="ProcessingManager" value="myDPM" />
    4. In the client section under the system.serviceModel section, find and change the address and name of the endpoint key to the reflect hostname of the Distributed Processing Manager machine, as shown below:
      <endpoint address="net.pipe://myDPM/ProcessingManager" binding="netNamedPipeBinding" 
      bindingConfiguration="LocalBinding"
      contract="AccessData.EvidenceProcessing.SharedTypes.Interfaces.IProcessingManagerService"
      name="myDPM" />
    5. Restart the AccessData Quin-C Self Host Service service.

 

Notes

  • Always use the same service account credentials for all components.
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