New features in ESET PROTECT 8.1
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ESET PROTECT 8.1 was released on June 24, 2021, and includes many new and improved features. ESET PROTECT is the new name and replaces the version 7 product ESET Security Management Center.
What's new in ESET PROTECT on-premises management console (8.0).
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What's new in ESET PROTECT 8.1
ESET PROTECT 8.1 is an enterprise-grade security management solution providing visibility, management and reporting across all operating systems.
The list below contains information about the major changes in ESET PROTECT version 8.1:
Automatic upgrade of the ESET Management Agent to the latest compatible version—ESET PROTECT 8.1 provides an automatic upgrade (auto-upgrade) of ESET Management Agent on managed computers.
Native ARM64 support—ESET PROTECT 8.1 provides Native ARM64 support for the ESET Management Agent for Windows.
Support for VMware Instant Clones—ESET PROTECT 8.1 supports VDI environments, cloning of machines and non-persistent storage systems. This feature is necessary to set up a flag for the master computer or resolve a question that appears after cloning or a change of hardware. For more information, visit the Online Help topic.
Simplification of EDR deployment to client workstations—ESET PROTECT 8.1 allows the possibility to create an all-in-one installer that includes EEI Agent. It also allows the possibility to deploy the EEI Agent to managed devices using one-click wizards.
System requirements and supported operating systems for ESET PROTECT 8.1
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Visit our Knowledgebase article for the latest known issues in version 8.1 of ESET PROTECT.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I install ESET PROTECT 8.1?
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ESET PROTECT 8.1 does not support upgrading from ERA 6.4, only from ERA version 6.5 and later.
How to upgrade ERA version 5 or 6.5 or ESMC 7.x to ESET PROTECT version 8.1? Visit our Online Help topic to view the upgrade, migration and reinstallation procedures.
Which version of ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) or ESET Security Management Center (ESMC) can you upgrade to?
Determine which version of ERA or ESMC you can migrate or upgrade to.
Available support resources
ESET provides support in the form of User Guides, fully localized application help, an online Knowledgebase, and chat, email or phone support if available in your region.
Released: October 7, 2021
FIXED: Apache HTTP Proxy (v 2.4.48) replaced with the newer version (v 22.214.171.124) due to discovered vulnerabilities in the older version
Released: August 24, 2021
FIXED: Apache HTTP Proxy (v 2.4.46) replaced with the newer version (v 2.4.48) due to discovered vulnerabilities in the older version
Released: June 24, 2021
ADDED: Automatic upgrade of the ESET Management Agent to the latest compatible version
ADDED: Native ARM64 support for the ESET Management Agent for Windows
ADDED: Support for VMware Instant Clones
ADDED: Ability to look up a specific computer based on the last logged user parameter
ADDED: New audit information on the policy screen (Modification time, Last modified by, and Creation time)
ADDED: New ESET Enterprise Inspector (EEI) permissions
ADDED: Possibility to create new notifications based on the severity score (determined by EEI rule severity) and the computer severity score that comes from EEI
ADDED: Possibility to create an All-in-one installer that also includes the EEI agent
ADDED: Possibility to deploy the EEI Agent to managed devices using one-click wizards
ADDED: Upgrade outdated products in a computer group
ADDED: Upgrade outdated operating systems in a computer group
ADDED: Ability to copy a license Public ID to the clipboard via a context menu in License Management
ADDED: Ability to filter licenses on the license management screen based on the Public ID
ADDED: Automatic resolution of HIPS logs
ADDED: Computer description as a new attribute in Device Identifiers under computer details
ADDED: Default filter on the Detections screen (unresolved detections first)
ADDED: Ability to use a second license to activate ESET Dynamic Threat Defense in a software installation task when an eligible endpoint product is selected
ADDED: Expiration time for client task triggers (Triggers tab)
ADDED: New report: Computer Hardware Overview
ADDED: Information when less secure certificates (SHA-1) are used
ADDED: An option to keep system applications installed in Device owner enrollment (Mobile Device Management)
ADDED: An option to remove mapped domain users
ADDED: Support for the migration and backup of ESET Full Disk Encryption (EFDE) recovery data
ADDED: A new client task: "Generate new FDE Recovery password" (available from EFDE client version 1.3 (EFDE - purchased separately))
ADDED: Ability to retry encryption from the console if encryption fails (available from EFDE client version 1.3 (EFDE - purchased separately))
IMPROVED: ESET Full Disk Encryption status now provides more details and is more interactive
IMPROVED: Pause a task for ESET Full Disk Encryption (capability to select an exact date and time)
IMPROVED: Extended Hardware inventory details for a device with encryption-related fields
IMPROVED: Extended information in detection details
IMPROVED: The Syslog export is extended with "Action" and "Handled" flags for various detection logs
IMPROVED: A recommendation message is displayed when the administrator tries to run a client task on more than 1,000 individual devices (using a group is recommended)
IMPROVED: A recommendation message is displayed when the administrator tries to assign a policy to more than 200 individual devices (using a group is recommended)
IMPROVED: Upgraded the MySQL server to version 8.0 in the ESET PROTECT appliance
IMPROVED: Upgraded the Webmin interface in the ESET PROTECT appliance
IMPROVED: An explanation message to the user when inserting a bundle license containing EDTD to ESET PROTECT stating that it must be linked via ESET Business Account (EBA)
IMPROVED: Various UI and UX improvements
CHANGED: The CRON trigger can be planned for LOCAL or UTC time only
CHANGED: The Wipe task has been dropped because it does not work properly in newer Android versions. The Factory Reset task remains the only task for both Apple and Android devices.
CHANGED: Adjustments related to managed products name changes
FIXED: Disk encryption managed by EFDE is not detected by dynamic groups
FIXED: The Management Agent for macOS was failing to reboot a device after a successful software installation task
FIXED: Mobile device management allows the manual selection of a suitable platform in case of unrecognized mobile devices
FIXED: The License Owner name was not updated in License Management after changing it in EBA
FIXED: The client task could not be scheduled for managed computer local time (only for browser time)
FIXED: The installation failed when the parent group was set up (Live installer/All-in-one installer)
FIXED: The Management Agent reports internal Apple network private interfaces on M1 chip machines
FIXED: The version check for Mobile Device Management (MDM) devices (Android) did not work
FIXED: Device filters on Dashboards displayed different values than in tables
FIXED: In some cases, the "Planned" flag in a client task remained active after a task was executed
FIXED: The license usage number did not display the correct number when a license was overused
FIXED: Product deactivation failed with a timeout (in certain cases) when invoked from a "Delete Not Connecting Computers" server task
FIXED: Subunits were not used by percentage usage enumeration for mail security products
FIXED: License synchronization failed after an upgrade to ESET PROTECT 8.0 when multiple EBA/EMA accounts containing the same license were linked into ESET PROTECT
FIXED: In some cases, Detail in the "Audit Log" overlapped other lines
FIXED: Users could not delete objects in some cases even with correct access rights
FIXED: The operating system name (Big Sur) for macOS 11.1 and 11.2 was missing
FIXED: Various other bug fixes and security and performance improvements
REMOVED: Peer reports ("Network peers" and "Network peers with problems") from reports and dashboards