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Deploy ERA Agent using ESET Remote Administrator 5.x

Issue

  • Use ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) 5.3 and later to deploy the ERA Agent for 6.x endpoint products.
  • Migrate from ERA 5.3 to ERA 6.x using ERA 5.3 to deploy the ERA 6.x Agent.

Solution

To deploy the ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) 6.x Agent to client computers using ERA 5.x, follow the instructions below:

  1. Generate the ERA Agent Live Installer package from ERA 6.x:

    1. Open the ERA 6.x Web Console.

    2. Click Agent Live installers in the Quick Links section.
       

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    1. In the Agent Live Installers window, type the Server Hostname and select an ERA Certificate and Certificate Passphrase (optional).

    2. Click Get Installers.

    3. Click Download next to Agent Installer for windows.


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    1. The browser will display the EraAgentInstaller.bat file. Download the file.

    2. Place EraAgentInstaller.bat into a local or a public repository accessible by the client workstation.
       

  2. Create a policy in ERA 5.x:

    1. Open ESET Remote Administrator Console (5.x).

    2. In the menu bar, click Tools and select Policy Manager from the drop-down menu.

    3. Click Add New Policy in the Actions section of Policy Manager.


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    1. In the Create New Policy window, type the name of the policy and click OK.

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    2. Select the newly created policy and click Edit Policy to edit its settings.

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    3. In Configuration Editor, expand Windows desktop v5KernelSettings Scheduler/Planner and double-click Scheduler/Planner.


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    1. Click Add.


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    1. Select Run external application and click Next. Enter a name for the task and then follow the instructions in the Wizard to create the task.

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    2. In the Special Settings window, enter the following values for File, Work directory, and Command line. These values must be entered as one line. 

      Command line

      Be sure to enter your own hosted repository address and saved .bat file name for the highlighted information.

      • File: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe

      • Work directory: C:\Programdata\eset

      • Command line: ((new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile(
        'https://website.domain/Agent.bat', 'C:/programdata/ESET/Agent.bat'));(New-Object -com Shell.Application).ShellExecute('C:\programdata\ESET\Agent.bat')

      Click Next after each value is entered.


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    1. Click OK to exit the Special settings window.

    2. Click Yes when asked if you want to save changes.

    3. Once the created client task is triggered, Windows PowerShell will download and execute the ERA 6.x Agent Live Installer on 5.x client workstations.



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