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How to Install the Maltego Communications (Comms) Server

  1. Download the OVA file from the link in your delivery document.
  2. Import the OVA file into the selected hypervisor. Currently VMWare and Oracle Virtual Box are supported. Refer to the selected Hypervisor's user guide on how to import OVA files.
  3. Make any required VM virtual hardware configuration changes you require for your environment, e.g. linking VM to specific vSwitch.
  4. Start the Comms server virtual machine.
  5. In the Hypervisor management tool, e.g. VMWare ESXi Web UI, and lookup the DHCP assigned IP address. If your network does not support DHCP, use the Hypervisor management tool to log into the VM and assign a fixed IP address.
  6. Share the IP address or DNS name of the server with your Maltego users.

Optional Steps:

  1. Remotely log into the virtual machine using SSH, e.g. ssh maltego@<your server IP or DNS name> and perform OS maintenance tasks like OS updates.
  2. Remotely log into the virtual machine and change the hostname to match DNS name configured on your network.

Configuring your Private Comms Server in the Maltego Desktop Client

Once you have followed the instructions above to deploy your Comms server, all you need is its IP address/hostname to be shared with your Maltego Desktop Client users to start using the server.

In each of the Maltego Desktop Clients that are going to be collaborating on your Comms server, click the Share New Graph button in the top left corner of the window as shown in the image below:

This will open a window with three tabs, select the center tab titled Server. Then select the Paterva Private option and enter the IP address or hostname for your Comms Server.

Now you can go to the Session tab and create a new shared graph session and your Private Comms server will be used for all session communication.

For information on creating and using shared graph sessions within the Maltego Desktop Client, please read the Collaboration section within the Maltego Desktop Application Guide. 

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