Configuring a Mac OS S X CID to use a Message Relay

  • Article ID: 110802
  • Updated: 30 Oct 2014

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X version 9.2+

Editing mrinit.conf to change the message routing for the Distribution point/CID

The file mrinit.conf contains the router configuration information for the Distribution point or CID. It must be edited to specify the message router’s IP address. As the message router settings are identical for all packages in a particular group of CIDs (or in one Distribution point), once edited, you can copy the mrinit.conf file to the other CIDs/packages in the group.

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the root of your new update location/CID
    Enterprise Console 5 : \\[Server1]\SophosUpdate\CIDs\Sxxx\[ESCOSX\.
  2. Browse to 'Sophos Installer Components\RMS\'
  3. Create a duplicate of the mrinit.conf file, and call it 'mrinit.custom'
  4. Open the mrinit.custom file in Notepad
  5. Find the variable:
    "ParentRouterAddress"="[address],[address],[address]"
    where 'address' is probably the domain name or IP address of your management server.
  6. Edit it to take the form:
    "ParentRouterAddress"="[MR-IP],[MR-FQDN],[MR-NETBIOS]"
    where:
    * MR-IP is the IP address of the message relay computer.
    * MR-FQDN is the fully qualified domain name of the message relay computer.
    * MR-NETBIOS is the NETBIOS name of the message relay computer.

    In the above example this could be "ParentRouterAddress"="10.1.200.65,MRComputer.Sales.Acme,MRComputer"

  7. Save your changes.

Using ConfigCID.exe to use the new config file in the update location/CID

ConfigCID.exe is located in:

  • Enterprise Console 4.x: C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\SUM\
  • Enterprise Console 5 (upgraded from version 4): C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\SUM\
  • Enterprise Console 5 (fresh install): C:\Program Files\Sophos\Update Manager\
  • Enterprise Manager 4.7 C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\Update Manager\
  • Control Center: C:\Program Files\Sophos\SCC\SUM\

Note: On 64-bit computers 'Program Files' is 'Program Files (x86)'.

  1. Run ConfigCID.exe on all of your newly created packages:

    ConfigCID.exe "\\<hostname or FQDN>\SophosUpdate\CIDs\Sxxx\ESCOSX"

  2. Check the program output for the following lines:
    • Adding entry for \Sophos Installer Components\RMS\mrinit.custom
    and:
    • Wrote catalog file cidsync.upd
    • Wrote catalog file master.upd

These lines confirm that the file mrinit.custom was found, and was added to the catalogue of files to be downloaded by Sophos AutoUpdate on your endpoints.



Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X version 9.0 and 9.1

Editing mrinit.conf to change the message routing for the Distribution point/CID

The file mrinit.conf contains the router configuration information for the Distribution point or CID. It must be edited to specify the message router’s IP address. As the message router settings are identical for all packages in a particular group of CIDs (or in one Distribution point), once edited, you can copy the mrinit.conf file to the other CIDs/packages in the group.

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the root of your new update location/CID
    Enterprise Console 5 : \\[Server1]\SophosUpdate\CIDs\Sxxx\[ESCOSX\.
  2. Browse to 'Sophos Anti-Virus.mpkg\Contents\Packages\SophosRMS.pkg\Contents\Resources\
  3. Create a duplicate of the mrinit.conf file, and call it 'mrinit.custom'
  4. Open the mrinit.custom file in Notepad
  5. Find the variable:
    "ParentRouterAddress"="[address],[address],[address]"
    where 'address' is probably the domain name or IP address of your management server.
  6. Edit it to take the form:
    "ParentRouterAddress"="[MR-IP],[MR-FQDN],[MR-NETBIOS]"
    where:
    * MR-IP is the IP address of the message relay computer.
    * MR-FQDN is the fully qualified domain name of the message relay computer.
    * MR-NETBIOS is the NETBIOS name of the message relay computer.

    In the above example this could be "ParentRouterAddress"="10.1.200.65,MRComputer.Sales.Acme,MRComputer"

  7. Save your changes.

Using ConfigCID.exe to use the new config file in the update location/CID

ConfigCID.exe is located in:

  • Enterprise Console 4.x: C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\SUM\
  • Enterprise Console 5 (upgraded from version 4): C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\SUM\
  • Enterprise Console 5 (fresh install): C:\Program Files\Sophos\Update Manager\
  • Enterprise Manager 4.7 C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\Update Manager\
  • Control Center: C:\Program Files\Sophos\SCC\SUM\

Note: On 64-bit computers 'Program Files' is 'Program Files (x86)'.

  1. Run ConfigCID.exe on all of your newly created packages:

    ConfigCID.exe "\\<hostname or FQDN>\SophosUpdate\CIDs\Sxxx\ESCOSX"

  2. Check the program output for the following lines:
    • Adding entry for \Sophos Anti-Virus.mpkg\Contents\Packages\SophosRMS.pkg\Contents\Resources\mrinit.custom
    and:
    • Wrote catalog file cidsync.upd
    • Wrote catalog file master.upd

These lines confirm that the file mrinit.custom was found, and was added to the catalogue of files to be downloaded by Sophos AutoUpdate on your endpoints.

 
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