Automox Agent Installation Overview

Before you can use the Automox console to manage devices in your organization, you need to install the Automox agent. This small-sized application runs in the background on each device. With this agent, your systems are kept up-to-date with all critical patches.

You can install the agent through an onboarding wizard, which uses unique identifiers to detect the devices that belong to your organization. After the agent is installed, you can set up an initial policy and schedule. With the first system completely setup, hardware and software inventory of your system is visible from the Devices page. You can continue adding devices right from the Dashboard.

See the following topics:

Installing the Automox Agent

Before you can use the Automox console to manage devices in your organization, you need to install the Automox agent.

PREREQUISITES: You have an Automox Account.

You can use the onboarding wizard to install the agent. The installation steps depend on the operating system of the device you are installing to.‌

Using the MSI Installer Method to Download and Install the Automox Agent

You can use this method to install the agent on a Windows device.

NOTE

For installations prior to Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 8, see the MSI Legacy Agent Installation Instructions.

  1. After you register for an account, click Add Devices.

  2. Select Windows.

  3. Click Installer.

  4. Click Download. The MSI installer file is automatically downloaded to your device.

  5. Save the file to an appropriate location on your device.

  6. Copy the unique access key.

  7. Double-click on the MSI installer file and follow the steps of the installer. The console now scans for your device.

  8. You can now select the type of patching to apply or complete this step later.

Using the Installer Method to Download and Install the Automox Agent

You can use this method to install the agent on a macOS device.

  1. After you register for an account, click Add Devices.

  2. Click macOS.

  3. Click Installer.

  4. Click Download.

  5. Save the package.

  6. Copy the unique access key.

  7. Double-click the installer file and follow the steps of the installer.

  8. Agree with the software license agreement.

  9. Enter the unique access key and click Continue.

  10. Select the destination of the software.

  11. Click Install.

Using the Command Line Method to Download and Install the Automox Agent

You can use this method to install the Automox agent on a macOS or Linux device.

Example shows installation for a Linux device.
  1. After you register for an account, click Add Devices.

  2. Click macOS or Linux, depending on your device.

  3. Click Command Line.

  4. Copy the command line script and run it in a terminal to install the agent installer package.

NOTE The default policy is automatically applied. See System Management for more information about creating and editing policies.

Setting an Initial Patching Schedule

You can set a schedule immediately after installing the Automox agent.

After you follow Installing the Automox Agent, you can schedule patching. The patching schedule determines when patching updates should be performed on the device.

From the Create Policy page, follow these steps:

  1. Toggle the Policy Status button to ensure automatic patching.

  2. There are two ways to set the Schedule:

    1. You can individually select the months, weeks, days, and time of when you want patching updates to run on the device(s). (Blue indicates the selection.) - From Select Months, click the months. - From Select Weeks, click the weeks. - From Select Days, click the days. - In the Choose Patch Window field, set the time that the update should start.

    2. You can click the Select All checkbox to quickly set the schedule. Then you can deselect any specific fields that do not apply to the schedule you want. NOTE: Patching occurs at the selected time using the local timezone of the machine being patched.

  3. Verify the settings in the Schedule Preview pane.

  4. Click Create Policy.