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I am trying to install the Business trialware.  I get to the select database.  If i select "use embedded database" , it tell me it needs to install SQL 2008 r2 and proceeds.  Blue bar keep going across and the does it again and again. I let it run overnight, never does install it.  I downloaded SQL 2008 r2 express and installed it. Tried "use external database" and it will not let me login.  I've tried every combination I could think of, but I'm now 6 days into my trial and I can get past the first hurdle.

I have multiple clients waiting for me to give the a yes or no, should we get this.  I'd appreciate any help available.


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Hi @bigjohn888jb, make sure you are right clicking the installer file and running it as admin, this needs to be done even if you are logged in as a domain admin. Alternativelty, you can use the server's local admin account to do the install. If you pre-install SQL Express or it is already installed on the server you are using, you'll need to create an instance for the Malwarebytes SQL to reside in. Download a new SQL Express installer, choose the one that matches the Express that is already in place.

Then follow these instructions for setup:

  1. Choose to create a New Installation.
  2. Choose "New Installation or Add Features" then click Next.
  3. Accept the license, then click Next, then Next again.
  4. Name the instance (I suggest naming it Malwarebytes) then click Next.
  5. Click "Use Same Account for all SQL Server services."
    • On the popup, enter your Windows credentials.
  6. Choose Mixed Mode authentication.  Create a password for the SA account, then click Next.
  7. Click Next two more times and finish the SQL installation.
  8. Now proceed with the Malwarebytes Management Server installation.
  9. On the SQL step choose 'Use External Database."
    • Enter the Database Address, if named Malwarebytes from step 4, it will be ".\Malwarebytes" without the quotes.
    • Enter the username as SA, and then the password you created for it.
  10. Proceed with the installation as normal

Let me know if this works for you.



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I have one other question.  The trial ware allows me to make an install client, but I was also sent the file mbarw-b_setup_05.exe.  I also installed that. Does what that performs  show up in the management console?  Why is that not included in the client install file?

Just wondering. I've added several of my computers to the trial and it looks pretty good so far.  I still need to get time to dig a little deeper on how to control things. I initiated a scan on one computer and it told me it found some malware, but did not do anything about it. I'm assuming once I get in deeper I can control that.

thanks again for your help.


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Hey @bigjohn888jb I'll help clarify what's in that package. Malwarebytes_Endpoint_Security_1.7.7.0000 \ Managed has the console installer. The console deploys two modified Malwarebytes programs and the administrative portion; Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and the Managed Client Communicator. These managed versions of MBAM and MBAE are modified to be controlled by the console, they are not compatible with the standalone or home / trial / consumer versions.

Under Malwarebytes_Endpoint_Security_1.7.7.0000 \ Unmanaged \ Windows are all the installers meant for standalone operation.

Unmanaged \ Windows
mbae-setup-1.0x.2.xxxx - msi and exe
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit for Business standalone installer.

mbam-setup- - msi and exe
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Business standalone installer.

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit tool, self extracting program. This is to be used locally on a machine if you suspect it has a rootkit infection.

MBARW_Business_Setup - msi and exe
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware installer, this tool is meant just for standalone operation and on workstations only, no servers. Consider it as a supplement to your main protection suite. The Anti-Ransomware program does not integrate into the management console in anyway at this time.


For Anti-Malware's scans giving you a "no action taken" on the items discovered, that means your policy isn't fully configured. There's two stages to set up; you define what MBAM will be looking for and tagging for removal in Policy -> Scanner. In your scan scheduler, or on demand scan, you define what action will be taken on the items identified and tagged. See my screenshots...




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