[KB7736] Deploy the ESET Management Agent via SCCM or GPO (8.x – 9.x)

Issue

Required user permissions

This article assumes that you have the appropriate access rights and permissions to perform the tasks below.

If you use the default Administrator user or are unable to perform the tasks below (the option is unavailable), create a second administrator user with all access rights.

  • Configure the ESET Management Agent installer file for deployment via Group Policy Object (GPO) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Configure an alternative method to deploy the ESET Management Agent for enterprise environments or environments with a high number of client computers
  • Use GPO or SCCM for deployment

Details


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Create a modified version of the ESET Management Agent installer file for deployment in large to enterprise-level environments. The .msi file for the ESET Management Agent is separated from the .bat file available from ESET PROTECT. The .msi file is then modified so that it will be able to recognize the proper certificate and port for communication with your ESET PROTECT Server after distribution to client computers.


Solution

Getting Started with ESET PROTECT: Step 4 of 6

Add Client Computers | Deploy ESET endpoint solutions

Use GPO or SCCM for deployment

  1. Open the ESET PROTECT Web Console in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click Quick Links → Deploy Agent.
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  1. Confirm the Windows operating system is selected, select Use GPO or SCCM for deployment next to Distribution and scroll down.

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  1. Click Finish. The ESET PROTECT certificate is selected by default. For custom certificate users, refer to the custom certificates with ESET PROTECT Online Help topic for more details. Peer certificates and Certification Authority created during the installation are by default contained in the static group labeled All

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  1. Click the file icon to download the install_config.ini file. Click the desired agent installer icon (32-bit-64-bit, ARM64)  to download the agent installer .msi file and save them to the same shared folder.
ESET PROTECT 9.0 and earlier users

Download the agent installer .msi file in the Standalone Installers section from the ESET PROTECT Download page. Select Agent from the Component drop-down menu, then select a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system from the Operating system | Bitness drop-down menu and click Download

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Client computers need read/execute access

Verify all appropriate client computers have read/execute access to the folder containing the .msi and .ini files. Right-click the folder from section 1, step 2 and click Properties. Click the Security tab. Review each machine and confirm the check box next to Read & execute is selected under the Allow column. If not, click Edit, adjust the settings and click Apply.

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  1. Refer to one of the processes below to deploy the package:
  1. When you have completed the instructions from the appropriate article, proceed to Step 5, deploy ESET endpoint products to your client computers if you are performing a new installation of ESET PROTECT.