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To perform further internal testing, the general release of Macrium Site Manager 8.1 has been delayed. If SiteDeploy® is installed alongside an existing Site Manager installation, you will have early access to the Macrium Site Manager 8.1 release. As a result, in the time before the official Site Manager 8.1 release, we recommend either installing SiteDeploy® away from a production Site Manager. In the event that SiteDeploy® must be installed alongside an existing Site Manager server, we recommend disabling agent auto update in the Site Manager 'Agent' settings, prior to installing SiteDeploy®. This will stop the Site Manager Agent from updating to 8.1, in the event that the Site Manager needs to be rolled back to a previous version, this will make it easier:

Using the Site Manager and SiteDeploy® installer

The Site Manager service can be installed on any computer or Virtual Machine running Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 or greater. As the service must be running to perform scheduled backups, it should be installed on a computer that is not turned off during these times. 

SHA256 Driver Hashing

The Site Manager server uses driver components that require SHA-2 driver hashing. The Site Manager installer will fail on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 unless an appropriate hotfix is installed See This Microsoft article for more detail. Later versions of Windows support SHA-2 hashing natively and do not require any hotfixes.

During the installation, The following options are available:

Install Macrium Image GuardianIf selected, the Macrium Image Guardian driver and configuration application will be installed with Site Manager. This can be used to provide additional anti-malware and anti-ransomware protection for Site Manager backup image files and golden images. This article contains more information about using Macrium Image Guardian to protect golden image stores.
Install viBootIf selected, Macrium viBoot will be installed on the server, to allow virtual machines to be created from backup images directly. This requires either Microsoft Hyper-V or VirtualBox to be installed. See this article for more information about using Macrium viBoot to "update" a golden image.
Launch Site Manager nowIf selected, a web browser will be launched with the Site Manager interface after 'Finish' is pressed.

First-time setup wizard

When the macrium_remote_mgnt_x64 installer is run for the first time on a new computer, the first-time setup wizard will be displayed. This wizard is used to select the product that will be installed, optionally enter a license key, and select the protocol that will be used to access Macrium Site Manager. The installer can be downloaded from this webpage.

On the first page of the wizard, select the product that will be installed. Once a product has been selected, the other feature will be disabled until it is enabled in the Site Manager settings.

For example, if 'Backup & Restore' is selected, deployment features will be disabled until they are enabled on the 'Features' page of the 'Licenses' tab by entering a license key or selecting 'Add' to start the trial. This knowledgebase contains more information about 'Backup & Restore' features in Site Manager, 

Once a product has been selected, license keys can be entered on the second page of the first-time setup wizard. This page of the wizard can be skipped by selecting the 'Security configuration' tab.

If license keys are not entered, the trial for the selected product will start automatically. License keys can then be entered at a future point in time by selecting the 'License' tab in Site Manager. This article contains more information about adding licenses to Macrium Site Manager for deployment and backup & restore features.

The recommended security level is 'Simple Setup' for internal and test installations and 'Secure Setup' for production environments. 'Import Setup File' may also be chosen to import a saved configuration from another Site Manager server.

After selecting your security configuration Site Manager will immediately restart. If 'Secure Setup' is chosen, Site Manager will initially use an internal self-signed HTTPS certificate. This, along with other protocol and security settings, may be changed on the 'Settings' page of Site Manager.

Using SiteDeploy® with existing Site Manager installations

Once a Macrium SiteDeploy® license has been purchased, it can be added to the 'Licenses' page of Site Manager by selecting 'Add' next to deployment.

In the window that opens, enter the license and select 'Add':

Alternatively, the 'Activate' button can be used to start a thirty-day trial of Macrium SiteDeploy®. Once the license key has been added, or the trial has been activated, the 'Deployment' menu in Site Manager will become available, enabling Macrium SiteDeploy® to be used. 

Updating Site Manager and SiteDeploy®

The Site Manager service will periodically check for updates with Macrium servers. If an update is found, the following message will be displayed:

A manual update check can also be performed on the 'About' page of the Site Manager, along with a complete list of changes that are included in the update:

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