ERA offers several methods of remote installation. Distribution
of installation packages to target workstations can be performed
using the following methods:
Remote installation by means of ERA consists of these steps:
The first step is initiated through ERAC, but the install package itself is located in ERAS, in the following directory:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Eset\ESET Remote Administrator\Server\packages
To launch installation packages through ERAC, click the Remote Install tab, select the Computers tab and right-click anywhere within its contents. Select Manage packages from the context menu.
Each installation package is defined by a Name. See (1) in
the figure above. The remaining sections of the dialog window are
related to the content of the package, which is applied after it
has been successfully delivered to a target workstation. Each
The Type drop-down menu in section (1) provides access to additional ERA features. In addition to remote installation, ESET security products can be uninstalled remotely using the Uninstall ESET Security Products and NOD32 version 2 option. Remote installation of an external application can also be performed by selecting Custom package. This is particularly useful if you want to run various scripts and executables on the remote machine, including uninstall tools for third-party security products or standalone cleaning tools. You can specify custom command-line parameters for use by the Package Entry File. See the Installation of third party products using ERA chapter for more details.
Each package is automatically assigned an ESET Remote Installer agent, which allows for seamless installation and communication between target workstations and ERAS. The ESET Remote Installer agent is named einstaller.exe and contains the ERAS name and the name and type of package to which it belongs. The following chapters provide a detailed description of the agent.
There are several parameters which can affect the installation process. They can be used either during direct installation with the administrator present at the workstation, or for remote installation. For remote installations, parameters are selected during the process of configuring installation packages selected parameters are then applied automatically on target clients. Additional parameters for ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus can be typed after the name of the .msi installation package (e.g., eav_nt64_ENU.msi /qn):
Under Create/Select installation package contents (2), the administrator can create a standalone install package with a predefined configuration from an already existing and saved install package (the Save As... button). Such installation packages can be run on the client workstation where the program is to be installed. The user only needs to run the package and the product will install without connecting back to ERAS during the installation.
NOTE: Adding a configuration to the .msi installation file means the digital signature of this file will no longer be valid.
Important: On Microsoft Windows Vista and later we strongly recommend that you perform a silent remote installation (the /qn, /qb parameter). Otherwise interaction with a user might cause the remote installation to fail due to timeout.