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Overview of Discovery and Risk Assessment Server

 

Applies to: Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary: Read this article to learn about Discovery and Risk Assessment.

Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 is a server application that works together with Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013. You can use Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 to identify, analyze, and monitor risk in end-user computing (EUC) applications, such as Excel workbooks and Access databases that are used in your organization. Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 enables you to identify risks that include errors in formulas or calculations, manually entered values where formulas should be used, inconsistencies within files, broken links, and so on.

Manually locating workbooks, databases, and EUC applications within your organization can be a complex task. Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 makes all of this easier by automatically detecting and analyzing files according to predefined definitions and rules. You can view reports that are always up to date so you can see at a glance what potential risks might exist within your organization’s important files. Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 is based on industry best practices and proven risk frameworks.

Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 gives you a consistent, automatic way to identify, analyze, and track files that are used in your organization. You can use Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 to create a master inventory of Excel workbooks Access databases, and =automatically keep it up to date. You can also use Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 to categorize files according to predefined risk levels based on criteria, such as materiality or complexity.

Before you install Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013, read Hardware and System requirements for Audit and Control Management Server to make sure you understand the hardware and system requirements for both Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013 and Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013. In addition, the following is required:

  • A computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 and that has the following applications installed:

    • Microsoft .NET Framework 4

    • Excel 2013

    • Access 2013

    • SQL Server Compact 4.0 (64-bit version)

  • A server that has Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013 installed and configured

  • Read (db_reader) and Write (db_writer) permissions assigned for Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013 databases that are stored in SQL Server

You can install Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 on the same computer where Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013 is installed, or you can install it on a different computer. For more information about how to install and configure Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013, see Install Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013.

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