Migrating OSSEC manager installed from packages

1. Backup your current configuration


# /var/ossec/bin/ossec-control stop

Check if you have enough space to create a copy of /var/ossec:

# du -h /var/ossec | tail -n1
# df -h /var

Backup /var/ossec:

# cp -rp /var/ossec /var/ossec_backup

2. Remove your current installation

Debian and Ubuntu:

# apt-get remove ossec-hids --purge

CentOS and Red Hat:

# yum remove ossec-hids

Remove directory:

# rm -rf /var/ossec

3. Install Wazuh server

Follow the next guide in order to install Wazuh server:

4. Restore configuration


# systemctl stop wazuh-manager

Restore mandatory files:

# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/agentless/.passlist /var/ossec/agentless/
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/etc/client.keys /var/ossec/etc/
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/etc/ossec.conf /var/ossec/etc/ossec.conf.orig
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/etc/local_internal_options.conf /var/ossec/etc/local_internal_options.conf
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/etc/local_decoder.xml /var/ossec/etc/decoders/local_decoder.xml
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/etc/shared/agent.conf /var/ossec/etc/shared/agent.conf
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/rules/local_rules.xml /var/ossec/etc/rules/local_rules.xml
# cp -p /var/ossec_backup/queue/rids/sender_counter /var/ossec/queue/rids/sender_counter

Restore optional files

The following files are required in order to preserve alerts log files and syscheck/rootcheck databases:

# cp -rp /var/ossec_backup/logs/archives/* /var/ossec/logs/archives
# cp -rp /var/ossec_backup/logs/alerts/* /var/ossec/logs/alerts
# cp -rp /var/ossec_backup/queue/rootcheck/* /var/ossec/queue/rootcheck
# cp -rp /var/ossec_backup/queue/syscheck/* /var/ossec/queue/syscheck

5. Review ossec.conf

The previous configuration file is saved as /var/ossec/etc/ossec.conf.orig. You should review the new configuration file /var/ossec/etc/ossec.conf with the old one in case that you want to add some setting from the previous configuration.

6. Start Wazuh

# /var/ossec/bin/ossec-control start