Evaluating the Balabit Shell Control Box

January 05, 2017


Table of Contents

1. Evaluating Balabit Shell Control Box in a virtual environment
1.1. Downloading the evaluation version of SCB
2. Setting up SCB and the virtual environment
2.1. Deploying SCB in a virtual machine
2.2. Creating a simple scenario

1. Evaluating Balabit Shell Control Box in a virtual environment

To evaluate SCB as a virtual appliance, you can download and install the latest SCB ISO file into a virtual machine. The following virtual environments are supported for evaluation: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, and vSphere (VMware ESX). SCB may work in other virtual environments like VirtualBox or KVM as well, although these are officially not supported. You can obtain an evaluation license and the ISO file using your MyBalaBit account.

Before you start: 

Before you start evaluating SCB, make sure you understand what SCB is and how it works. This information can greatly help you get SCB operational. Read the following:

1.1. Procedure – Downloading the evaluation version of SCB

  1. Login to your MyBalaBit account and request access to the evaluation version of SCB. If you do not have an account, sign up for a new account. Please note that new accounts are not immediately available; you will receive an e-mail when your account is activated. Similarly, you will receive an e-mail when you can access the SCB evaluation license and the ISO image.

  2. Visit the SCB download page and download the ISO image (install cdrom) of the latest SCB version.

    Download the latest Feature release ("F"), or the latest LTS release if there is no newer Feature release available. For details on the differences between the latest Feature and LTS versions, see the related What is new in Balabit Shell Control Box guide, or contact your Balabit representative.

  3. Download the SCB license. Evaluation licenses are valid for a month.

2. Setting up SCB and the virtual environment

2.1. Deploying SCB in a virtual machine

See the following procedures to install SCB in a virtual machine.

2.1.1. Procedure – Setting up Balabit Shell Control Box with vSphere

  1. Download the vSphere application.

    Visit the vSphere webpage, and download latest version of the application for your operating system.

  2. Install the vSphere application.

    Follow the instructions provided in the vSphere product documentation to install the application.

  3. Install SCB. Follow the instructions provided in Appendix E, Balabit Shell Control Box VMware Installation Guide in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Installation Guide.

  4. Configure a simple scenario and evaluate SCB. For details, see Procedure 2.2, Creating a simple scenario.

2.1.2. Procedure – Setting up Balabit Shell Control Box with VirtualBox

  1. Download the VirtualBox application

    Download the latest version of VirtualBox for your operating system.

  2. Install the VirtualBox application.

    • On Microsoft Windows, start the VirtualBox.exe file.

    • On Linux systems, follow the instructions provided in the VirtualBox manual.

  3. Install SCB. Follow the instructions provided in Appendix E, Balabit Shell Control Box VMware Installation Guide in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Installation Guide.

  4. Configure a simple scenario and evaluate SCB. For details, see Procedure 2.2, Creating a simple scenario.

2.1.3. Procedure – Setting up Balabit Shell Control Box with Hyper-V

  1. Download the Hyper-V application.

    Visit the Hyper-V webpage, and download latest version of the application for your operating system.

  2. Install the Hyper-V application.

    Follow the instructions provided in the Hyper-V product documentation to install the application.

  3. Install SCB. Follow the instructions provided in Appendix F, Balabit Shell Control Box Hyper-V Installation Guide in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Installation Guide.

  4. Configure a simple scenario and evaluate SCB. For details, see Procedure 2.2, Creating a simple scenario.

2.1.4. Procedure – Setting up Balabit Shell Control Box using Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)

  1. Install a virtual machine manager application

    Install a KVM manager application, for example, virt-manager.

  2. Install SCB. Follow the instructions provided in Appendix G, Installing Balabit Shell Control Box as a Kernel-based Virtual Machine in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Installation Guide.

  3. Configure a simple scenario and evaluate SCB. For details, see Procedure 2.2, Creating a simple scenario.

2.2. Procedure – Creating a simple scenario

  1. Connect to SCB.

    The SCB virtual machine acquires an IP address from your DHCP server accessible in the virtual environment. After SCB has booted up, the console displays the IP address of the SCB web interface at login prompt. To connect to SCB, use this IP address. For details, or tips if SCB cannot receive an IP address, see Section 3.1, The initial connection to SCB in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Administrator Guide.

  2. Complete the Welcome Wizard as described in Procedure 3.2, Configuring SCB with the Welcome Wizard in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Administrator Guide. Upload the evaluation license file you have downloaded with your MyBalabit account.

  3. Configure a server: set up a host that is on the same subnet as SCB, and enable Remote Desktop (RDP) or Secure Shell (SSH) access to it.

  4. Configure a connection on SCB to forward the incoming RDP or Secure Shell (SSH) connection to the host and establish a connection to the host. See Procedure 3.3, Logging in to SCB and configuring the first connection in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Administrator Guide for details.

  5. Replay your session in the browser. See Procedure 16.1.2, Replaying audit trails in your browser in The Balabit Shell Control Box 4 F4 Administrator Guide for details.

    In case you have questions about SCB, or need assistance, contact your Balabit representative.