Proj 5x: QRadar Community Edtion (15 pts. extra credit)

What You Need for this Project


To get experience with QRadar, IBM's enterprise-class network monitoring system.

Downloading and Extracting the VM

Download the file here:!Bgh0URSZ!dR0GO-uJrRU5Ss82V-NHOgfhf0DFOU7z_ic9eGBIR0k

CCSF blocks Mega, so you'll have to do it off-campus. To get it on-campus, you can copy it from storage media in SCIE 214.

Unzip the file with 7-zip on a PC, or The Unarchiver on a Mac.

Start the VM.

Log in to the console with these credentials, as shown below.

To set up networking, execute this command, as shown below.
At the "Do you wish to proceed (Y/[N])?" prompt, enter Y, as shown below.

A series of crudely graphical screens appear. Use Tab to move through the options and Enter to select them.

In the first screen, accept the default options of "ipv4" and "No", as shown below.

Press Tab until Next is highlighted and then press Enter.

At the "Management Interface Setup" screen, accept default options of "ens33", as shown below.

Press Tab until Next is highlighted and then press Enter.

At the "Network Information Setup" screen, it should fill in with good default values. Make sure one of the DNS servers is as shown below.

Make a note of the server's IP address! You will need it later.

Press Tab until Finish is highlighted and then press Enter.

Wait while the machine configures networking and restarts services, as shown below. Tomcat is Java-based and slow to start.

Logging In to QRadar

On your host system, in a Web browser, go to this URL, replacing the IP address with the IP address of your QRadar VM.

Approve the self-signed certificate.

Log in with these credentials, as shown below.

QRadar opens, as shown below.

Viewing Log Sources

In the QRader administration page, at the top center, click the Admin tab.

Scroll down to the "Data Sources" section and click "Log Sources", as shown below.

A box pops up, as shown below.

In the top center, click the Add button.

An "Add a log source" window appears. In the "Log Source Type" list box, scroll down to see "Microsoft Windows Security Event Log", as shown below.

You don't need to select it at this time; just to verify that it's there. It's not included in the default QRadar Community Edition installation, but I added it to the VM you downloaded already.

Close the "Add a log source" window.

Making an IBM Account

In a Web browser, go to

Create an IBM ID. You will need it to download software below.

Downloading WinCollect

The WinCollect agent is free software from IBM to send Windows event logs to QRadar.

In a Web browser, go to

Make these selections:

as shown below.

Click Continue.

At the bottom of the next page, click the Text button and type in


as shown below.

Click Continue.

In the results, scroll down to the WINCOLLECT section, as shown below.

There are several items here, including the main engine for 32-bit and 64-bit windows, and various "interim fix" patches.

We only need the first 4 files. Check them, as shown below.

At the bottom, click the Continue button.

If you are prompted to, sign in to your IBM account.

On the next page, click the "Download using your browser" button, as shown below, and click Continue".

On the next page, click the blue downward-pointing arrow next to each product you want, one by one, as shown below,

Overview of WinCollect Installation

To collect windows logs, we'll need to do these steps:

On the QRadar VM

Install File 1: 7.3.0-QRADAR-730_QRadar_wincollectupdate-

On 32-Bit Windows Systems

Install these files, in this order:

On 64-Bit Windows Systems

Install these files, in this order:

Installing FileZilla

We need to update software on the QRadar VM. We'll need FileZilla to do that.

In a Web browser, go to

Install FileZilla with the default options.

Run FileZilla. At the top, enter these values, as shown below:

At the top right, click the Quickconnect button.

A box pops up asking whether to remember passwords. For this project, there's no need to worry about unauthorized use of your QRadar VM, so click "Save passwords" and click OK.

An "Unknown host key" box pops up. Click OK.

FileZilla connects, as shown below.

The left pane shows your host system, and the right pane shows your QRadar VM.

Installing Software on the QRadar VM

In the right pane of FileZilla, click the top yellow folder icon for /

In the folder list, click /tmp

In the left pane of FileZilla, navigate to your Downloads folder.

Drag the 7.3.0-QRADAR-730_QRadar_wincollectupdate- file from the left pane to the right pane, as shown below.

In your QRadar VM console, execute these commands, as shown below.

mkdir -p /media/updates
cd /tmp
mount -o loop -t squashfs 730_QRadar_wincollectupdate- /media/updates
A message asks "Do you wish to continue?". Enter Y.

The installation takes about 5 minutes, and a lot of messages scroll by. Tomcat restarts, which is slow as always.

When it finishes, you'll see "patch succeeded", as shown below.

In your Web browser, log in to the QRadar GUI again with the credentials admin and P@ssw0rd

Click the Admin tab.

A message says "There are no changes to deploy". This is contrary to the IBM patch Release Notes, which say that a manual deploy and release is required after the patch. However, the console showed that this patch automatically performed those steps already.

This is typical for enterprise-class software patches--you can't always rely on the documents being accurate.

Deleting the Patch File

In FileZilla, in the right pane, left-click the 730_QRadar_wincollectupdate-, then right-click it and click Delete. Click Yes to delete it.

Installing Wincollect on the Windows System

Copy the appropriate version of Wincollect from your host machine's Downloads folder to your Windows machine. Start the installer. Accept the default selections until you see the "Setup Type" box.

Click "Stand Alone, as shown below, and then click Next.

In the "Log Source Auto-creation Parameters" box, make these selections, as shown below.

Click Next.

In the next box, make these selections, as shown below.

Replace the IP address with the correct IP address of your QRadar VM.

Click Next.

In the next box, accept the default Machine poll interval and click Next.

In the "Heartbeat Parameters" box, accept the default options and click Next.

In the "Installation Parameters Summary" box, click Next.

Click Install.

Click Finish.

Installing the Patch

Drag the wincollect-standalone-patch-installer-7.2.7-20.exe file into your Windows VM and double-click it.

Install it with the default options. If it wants to install .NET, allow it to do that.

Adjusting Local Security Policy

We need to tell Windows what events to collect.

From your Windows desktop, click Start, "Control Panel", "Local Security Policy".

The audit policies available are different in different Windows versions.

These are the policies available in Windows Server 2008.

In Local Security Policy, in the left pane, click the + next to "Local Policy" to expand it.

Click "Audit Policy".

In the right pane, double-click "Audit account logon events", as shown below.

Check Success and Failure, as shown below, and click OK.

In that manner, configure these options, as listed below. You have already configured the first item.

Your window should look like the image below.

Close Local Security Policy.

Using WinCollect Configuration Console

Click Start. Search for, and click, "WinCollect Configuration Console".

In the left pane, click the + next to Devices to expand it.

In the left pane, click the + next to "Microsoft Windows Event Log" to expand it.

In the left pane, click the name of your Windows machine.

The right pane shows your audit policy selections in a long list, as shown below. You can adjust them here.

Close WinCollect Configuration Console.

Viewing Windows Logs in QRadar

On your host system, in your Web browser, return to the QRadar console.

If it has timed out, you need to log in again.

Click the "Log Activity" tab.

Log events should be scrolling by, as shown below.

Capturing a Screen Image

Make sure there are some "Event Name" entries, as shown above.

Capture a whole-desktop image and save it as "Proj 5x from YOURNAME".


Turning in Your Project

Email the images to with a subject line of "Proj 5x From YOUR NAME", replacing "YOUR NAME" with your real name.

Send a Cc to yourself.


QRadar Documentation
Deprecated Linux networking commands and their replacements
CentOS-7 "Minimal Desktop" installation GNOME
QRadar SIEM overview
QRadar: Using the qchange_netsetup command to change the IP address in QRadar
QRadar: Changing the local admin account password
Box folder with QRadar documentation
Security Intelligence Tutorial, Demo & Use Case Videos
Posted 11-23-17 by Sam Bowne