Configure the database server connection

A database is used to store all SafeGuard Enterprise specific encryption policies and settings. For the SafeGuard Management Center and the SafeGuard Enterprise Server to be able to communicate with this database, you must specify an authentication method for the database access, either Windows NT authentication or SQL authentication. If you want to connect to the database server with SQL authentication, make sure that you have the required SQL credentials at hand. Where necessary, you may obtain this information from your SQL administrator.

On the Database Server Connection page, do the following:

  1. Under Connection settings, select the SQL database server from the Database Server list. All computers on a network on which a Microsoft SQL Server is installed are listed. If you cannot select the server, enter the server name or IP address with the SQL instance name manually.
  2. Select Use SSL to secure the connection between SafeGuard Management Center and SQL database server. We strongly recommend that you do so if you select Use SQL Server Authentication with the following credentials under Authentication, because this setting will encrypt the transport of the SQL credentials. SSL encryption requires a working SSL environment on the SQL database server which you have to set up in advance, see Securing transport connections with SSL.
  3. Under Authentication, select the type of authentication to be used to access the database server instance.
    • Select Use Windows NT Authentication to use your Windows credentials.

      Note: Use this type when your computer is part of a domain. However, additional mandatory configuration is required as the user needs to be authorized to connect to the database, see Configure a Windows account for SQL Server logon and Configure Windows authentication for SQL Server logon.
    • Select Use SQL Server Authentication with the following credentials to access the database with the relevant SQL credentials. Enter the credentials for the SQL user account that your SQL administrator has created. Where necessary, you may obtain this information from your SQL administrator.

      Note: Use this type when your computer is not part of a domain. Make sure that you have selected Use SSL to secure the connection to and from the database server.
  4. Click Next.

The connection to the database server has been established.