So I am in a graduate level info security class, and i have to develop a "lab" using an IDS. My professor recommended Snort. He said it as one of the easiest to instal and use. So how the hell do I use it? I downloaded the version 6.1 exe and then I downloaded the rules into the rules folder. (On a side note when I downloaded the rules into the rules folder there was also a signatures folder. Should I put those n the signature folder?) Basically all I have to do is run a port scanner, or a different attack if there are any suggestions, on a windows 2003 server system from a windows xp system and have the IDS pick it up and raise a red flag. It doesn't really have to do anything fancy. This is all done in remote desktop so nothing will screw up, but my professor is an ass and doens't help at all. If anyone could help with this it would be greatly appreciated. Edit: This is not a do my homework, or trying to hack anything. It is a I have no idea what to do and it is due in a week. So just suggestions would be helpful, or anything.