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Deploy the ESET Management Agent via SCCM or GPO (7.x)

Issue

  • Prepare the ESET Management Agent installer file for distribution via Group Policy Object (GPO) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Alternative method to distribute ESET Management Agent for enterprise environments or environments with a high number of client computers

Details

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

Solution

Getting Started with ESMC: Step 4 of 6

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ESET Security Management Center (ESMC) 7 User Permissions

This article assumes that your ESMC user has the correct access rights and permissions to perform the tasks below.

If you are still using the default Administrator user, or you are unable to perform the tasks below (the option is grayed out), see the following article to create a second administrator user with all access rights (you only need to do this once):

 

View permissions needed for least privilege user access

A user must have the following permissions for the group that contains the modified object:

Functionality Read Use Write
Certificates  

A user must have the following permissions for each affected object:

Functionality Read Use Write
Groups & Computers

A user must have the following permissions for their home group:

Functionality Read Use Write
Stored Installers
Agent Deployment  

Once these permissions are in place, follow the steps below.

Default certificates

Peer certificates and Certification Authority created during the installation are by default contained in the static group All.

  1. On your ESMC Server, go to the ESET Security Management Center 7 Download page and click Standalone installers.

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  1. In the Configure download section, select the information below and then click Download. Save the ESET Management Agent installer .msi file to a shared folder your client computers can access.
    • ESMC Component: Select Agent.
    • Operating system | Bitness: Select the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.

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  1. Open ESET Security Management Center Web Console (ESMC Web Console) in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click Quick Links → Other Deployment Options.

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  1. Click Use GPO or SCCM for deployment and click Create Script.

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  1. Click Finish. Save the install_config.ini file to the same shared folder from Step 2. For customers using custom certificates, refer to the Custom certificates with ESMC Online Help topic for more details.

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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 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. Once 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 ESMC.

 



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