Install the JSS on Windows


Installing the JSS on Windows requires a server with:

Step 1: Install the Required Software

Java and MySQL must be installed on the server before you can create the jamfsoftware database and run the JSS Installer. For instructions on how to install and configure Java and MySQL, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Installing Java and MySQL

Step 2: Create the jamfsoftware Database

Create a MySQL database in which the JSS can store its data, and a MySQL user that can access the database.

A default MySQL database name, username, and password are used throughout the instructions in this section. It is recommended, however, that you use a custom username and password that comply with your organization's security requirements. It is also recommended that you not use “root” as the username. A different database name can also be set if desired.

The default MySQL settings used in the instructions below are:

  • Database name: jamfsoftware

  • Username: jamfsoftware

  • Password: jamfsw03

Note: If you customize any of the MySQL settings, you will be prompted to enter them on the Database pane when you run the JSS Installer.

  1. Open the MySQL Command Line Client.

  2. When prompted, enter the password for the MySQL “root” user.

  3. Create a database by executing:

    CREATE DATABASE jamfsoftware;

    You can customize the database name by replacing jamfsoftware with the desired name as shown in the following example:

    CREATE DATABASE myDatabaseName;

  4. Grant privileges to a MySQL user so that it can access the new database:

    GRANT ALL ON jamfsoftware.* TO 'jamfsoftware'@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'jamfsw03';

    You can customize the MySQL username and password by replacing 'jamfsoftware' and 'jamfsw03' with the desired username and password as shown in the following example:

    GRANT ALL ON myDatabaseName.* TO 'customUsername'@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'customPassword';

Step 3: Run the JSS Installer

The JSS Installer for Windows installs Apache Tomcat and the JSS web application.

Note: To obtain the JSS Installer for Windows, log in to JAMF Nation and click Show alternative downloads below the Casper Suite DMG on the following page:

To run the JSS Installer for Windows, copy it to the server. Then open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.

Note: The installer must be run as an administrator.

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