Perform these steps on the Domain Controller:
install_config.ini configuration script. It contains the parameters for the Agent to communicate with your ESET PROTECT / ESMC Server.
Follow the script creation wizard and save the
Download the ESET Management Agent installer .msi file from the ESET download page:
Save the Agent installer
.msi file and the
install_config.ini file to a shared folder on the domain controller so that all of your client computers can access it with read and execute permissions.
Install Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on your Domain Controller server.
To open Group Policy Management, press the Windows key + R, type gpmc.msc and click OK.
Create a new Group Policy Object (GPO) to deploy the ESET Management Agents. Right-click Group Policy Objects and select New. Type a name in the Name field, for example, Agent deployment, and click OK.
Right-click Agent deployment GPO and click Edit.
In the Computer Configuration section, expand Policies → Administrative Templates: Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the local computer → System and click Logon. On the right side of the window, double-click Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon. In the dialog window, select Enabled and click OK.
Click Group Policy and on the right side of the window, double-click Specify startup policy processing wait time. In the dialog window, select Enabled and ensure that the Amount of time to wait (in seconds) is set to 120. You can set a different time to wait, but we recommend setting at least 30 seconds. Click OK.
Navigate to the location where the ESET Management Agent installer
.msi is saved. Type the full Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path of the shared installer package (for example, \
\fileserver\share\filename.msi) and click Open.
If you are deploying to 64-bit and 32-bit clients, repeat this step for both installer packages (Agent_x64.msi and Agent_x32.msi) and then follow the steps in Deploy ESET Management Agents to both 32-bit and 64 bit systems below.
See the Microsoft Knowledgebase instructions on how to use Group Policy to remotely install software in Windows Server 2008 (and later).
Download the latest version of ESET Management Agent. Rename the file to
xxx is the current version number.
Create a folder at a shared location that can be accessed by domain computers and rename the folder to
ESET Agent xxx where
xxx is the current version number. Move the ESET Management Agent installer and the
install_config.ini file to the folder.
Follow steps 15-17 above to create a new installation package. Select the location with the latest version of ESET Management Agent.
When you assign the package, GPO automatically detects the version number of the installer. To confirm that the latest package upgrades the earlier version double-click the latest package, click Upgrade and verify that the earlier package name is listed.