How to Install Avast Enterprise Administration which Manages Avast Endpoint Protection Clients

Avast Review Avast Enterprise Administration is really a desktop console which manages Avast Endpoint Protection clients. Avast Enterprise Administration is appropriate for complex computer and/or server networks associated with a size. It provides hierarchical grouping of Avast Endpoint Protection clients (managed clients) inside a tree structure, which may be in line with the geographical or business structure from the network. Administrative access legal rights and policies could be configured individually for every group.

Key features include:

  • Discovery of new and unsecured machines on the company network
  • Remote deployment and management of Avast Endpoint Protection clients (managed clients)
  • Incremental updates on networked computers and/or servers, even in multiple domains
  • Real-time, customizable alerts about activity on the company network
  • Scan scheduling
  • Graphical and tabular reports

Minimum System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP any Edition with Service Pack 3
    Microsoft Windows Vista any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit, excl. Starter Edition
    Microsoft Windows 7 any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit, incl. Small Business Server
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit, incl. Small Business Server
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit, incl. Small Business Server, excl. Server Core
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 any Edition with latest Service Pack, 32- or 64-bit, incl. Small Business Server, excl. Server Core
    Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (offered during installation of Avast Enterprise Administration); or, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (required for complex networks with more than 1 000 computers and/or servers in any combination)
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or higher
  • Internet connection to download, register, and update the product
  • Domain network or Windows workgroup membership
  • Valid and reachable SMTP Server
  • Intel Pentium III compatible processor or above (depending on requirements of installed operating system version and other 3rd party software installed)
  • 512 MB RAM or above (depending on requirements of installed operating system version and other 3rd party software installed)
  • 800 MB of free hard disk space
  • Optimally standard screen resolution not less than 1024 x 768 pixels

Note : Avast Enterprise Administration is not supported (is not compatible, cannot be installed and does not run) on DOSMicrosoft Windows 3.xMicrosoft Windows NT 3.xMicrosoft Windows NT 4.0Microsoft Windows 95Microsoft Windows 98Microsoft Windows MEMicrosoft Windows 2000, or any other operating system which is not specified as supported.

Follow these steps to install Avast Enterprise Administration :

Before you begin to install Avast Enterprise Administration, ensure that:

  • You are logged in to Windows with administrator permissions.
  • Your machine is connected to the Internet and the network connection is working properly.
  • All other programs in Windows are closed.
  • Your previous antivirus software is fully uninstalled.

When all requirements are met, follow these steps :

  1. Download Setup file

Download the Avast Enterprise Administration setup file from the Avast website for the appropriate edition of Avast Endpoint Protection:

Program Edition Download File
Avast Endpoint Protection (Basic) setup_enterprise_ep.exe
Avast Endpoint Protection Plus setup_enterprise_epp.exe
Avast Endpoint Protection Suite setup_enterprise_eps.exe
Avast Endpoint Protection Suite Plus setup_enterprise_epsp.exe

…and save it to your computer (for example on your Windows Desktop).

  1. Run Setup

Right-click the downloaded setup file setup_enterprise_....exe, choose Run as administrator from the context menu,

Click Run as administrator
Click Run as administrator

…and if prompted by the User Account Control dialog for permissions, click Yes (or Continue).

User Account Control Click Yes
User Account Control Click Yes

The installation files are copied to your machine.

installation files are copied
installation files are copied
  1. Confirm basic information

The Avast Enterprise Administration Setup wizard appears. Select your preferred language and click Next.

Select Preferred Language
Select Preferred Language

On the welcome screen click Next to continue.

Click Next
Click Next

Read the introduction and click Next again.

Read the Introduction
Read the Introduction

Confirm the terms of the License Agreement by selecting I agree. Click Next to continue.

Confirm License Agreement
Confirm License Agreement
  1. Select a Destination directory

Enter the file path, or click the button  on the right and browse for the appropriate folder. Click Next.

Select a Destination directory
Select a Destination directory
  1. Configure components

Select from the predefined Typical or Minimum options, or select Custom to add or remove individual program components and features. Then click Next to continue.

Install Configuration
Install Configuration
  1. Activate a license

Select an option on the License Manager screen :

  • Load license file – If you already purchased a license for Avast Endpoint Protection, save the license file License.avastlic(attached to the confirmation e-mail sent after purchase) to your computer. For example, on your Windows Desktop.
Save License
Save License

Enter the file path to the directory in the License Manager and click Load!,

Click Load to Enter License
Click Load to Enter License

…or click the button  on the right, and browse for the appropriate folder.

Open License.avastlic
Open License.avastlic
  • Demo – Select Demo to download a temporary demo license (requires Internet connection).
Click Demo
Click Demo

Throughout the 30 day demo period you have to purchase and insert a valid license file to continue using the product. For details to insert the license file, browse the following article :

Tick or untick the checkbox Copy the license file to program folder,

Tick the checkbox
Tick the checkbox

…and click OK to apply the selected license type.

  1. Configure Mirror settings

The Mirror is used to automatically distribute updates to all Avast Endpoint Protection clients (managed clients) on your network. The advantage of using the Mirror is that the updates need to be downloaded only once from the AVAST update server, thus saving you bandwidth.

Specify either to Download mirror files from Internet (i.e. directly from AVAST update server),

Configure Mirror Settings
Configure Mirror Settings

…or Download mirror files from another mirror if another mirroring server is established. Specify its Address (e.g., mirror.example.com or 192.168.1.100) and Port number (16135 by default).

Mirror Settings Avast Enterprise Administration
Mirror Settings Avast Enterprise Administration

If you untick the checkbox Generate mirror during installation, a Mirror is automatically created in the background the first time you run Avast Enterprise Administration; or, create it manually using the mirror.exe utility in the installation folder.

Note : To download the Mirror and update via a connection other than specified in your Internet Explorer settings, click Proxy settings, and change the option Auto detect (use Internet Explorer settings) to Direct connection (no proxy),

Proxy Server Settings
Proxy Server Settings

…or Specify proxy server with all the necessary details, i.e.:

  • Type – HTTP or SOCKS v4 protocol.
  • Address – IP address or Host Name of your Proxy Server, e.g., 192.168.1.10 or proxy.example.com.
  • Port – Port number of your server, e.g., 3128.
  • Authentication – Basic Authentication (Plaintext) or Windows integrated authentication (NTLM) if your Proxy Server requires Username and Password.
Proxy Server Settings 2
Proxy Server Settings 2

Click Test connection to verify your settings,

Proxy Test connection
Proxy Test connection

…and then click OK and OK again to confirm the test and apply your changes.

Click Next to continue.

  1. Configure SQL Server settings

Select the database server to store data for policies, security settings, and Avast Endpoint Protection clients (managed clients) information :

  1. Use SQL Express (installs on local computer with instance name ‘avast’) – Install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Expresssupplied with Avast Enterprise Administration. Select the appropriate option:
  • Generate random strong “sa” account password – if you don’t need to know the password and prefer random and highly secure SA account in supplied Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.
  • Specify custom “sa” account password – if you prefer to use your custom password for SA account in supplied Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.
Configure SQL Server Settings
Configure SQL Server Settings

For details to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express separately, read the following article:

  • Avast EP: Installing and configuring Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
  1. Use full MS SQL Server – Use Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 which is already running on your server or remote machine.When you select this option, specify the following details:
    • Server name – type the Host Name of your SQL Server, for non-default instance followed by a backslash and the SQL Server Instance Name, i.e.:
      • HOSTNAME – if your SQL Server is running on the remote machine, or the same machine as the Avast Enterprise Administration, and default SQL Server Instance Name is used (i.e. MSSQLSERVER).
      • (local) – as an alternative if your SQL Server is running locally on the same machine as the Avast Enterprise Administration, and default SQL Server Instance Name is used (i.e. MSSQLSERVER).
      • HOSTNAME\INSTANCENAME – if your SQL Server is running on the remote machine, or the same machine as the Avast Enterprise Administration, and any other than default SQL Server Instance Name is used (i.e. whatever, except MSSQLSERVER).
      • (local)\INSTANCENAME – as an alternative if your SQL Server is running on the same machine as the Avast Enterprise Administration, and any other than default SQL Server Instance Name is used (i.e. whatever, except MSSQLSERVER).
    • Account – enter your SQL server account with unrestricted access to the database engine (“sa” account is predefined by default).
    • Password – enter your password to the SQL server account specified above.
    • Create Avast database – clear the checkbox just in case you are connecting an existing database in SQL Server used by some previous instance of Avast Enterprise Administration of exactly the same version, and want to keep all data storage for all the policies, security settings and Avast Endpoint Protection clients (managed clients) information.
SQL Server Settings
SQL Server Settings

Click Next to continue.

  1. Review Installation information

Check your setup configuration before proceeding with the installation. Use the Back button to return to a previous screen and change the configuration. When configuration is ready, click Next.

Installation information
Installation information
  1. Installation

The Avast Enterprise Administration Setup wizard displays installation progress,

Installation Progress
Installation Progress

…and Mirror Creation status if you selected to generate the Mirror during the installation.

Mirror Creations
Mirror Creations
  1. Create Certificate

You are prompted to supply the current certificate for Avast Enterprise Administration Server. Click Generate New…,

Generate New Certificate
Generate New Certificate

…fill in the information to be included in the self-signed certificate, and click Generate.

Certificate Generate
Certificate Generate

Click Close.

Click Close
Click Close

Note : In case that you already have a backup file with valid certificate for Avast Enterprise Administration Server, you can click Import,

Certificate Import
Certificate Import

…locate the file with certificate on your machine, and click Open.

Select EAS and Click Open
Select EAS and Click Open
  1. Finish installation

When installation is complete, click Finish to close the Avast Enterprise Administration Setup wizard.

Finish installation
Finish installation

Avast Enterprise Administration is then installed on your machine. Double-click the shortcut icon on your Windows Desktop to open it.

Avast Enterprise Administration Shortcut icon
Avast Enterprise Administration Shortcut icon
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