Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux/Unix: Central configuration of the Remote Management System

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This article describes how to apply Central Installation Directory (CID) based Remote Management System (RMS) configuration, which is useful in several circumstances:

  • Changing the ParentAddress / ParentRouterAddress after a server migration
  • Changing ParentRouterAddress to use a message relay
  • Changing the ParentAddress / ParentRouterAddress when the server IP address is behind a NAT firewall

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)
Sophos Anti-Virus for Unix 9.0.0
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux 9.0.0

Operating systems
Linux / Unix

What To Do

The method will depend on whether endpoint installations have already been deployed 

  • Option 1 - Pre-Installation (mrinit.conf)
    Before installation, edit the mrinit.conf file in the root of the CID.  Eg:

    If using this method, you must uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus from any endpoint that has already used the existing mrinit.conf, and re-install afterwards.

  • Option 2 - Post-Installation (mrinit.custom)
    To centrally edit RMS information on existing endpoints, you can create a mrinit.custom which will be selected in preference to mrinit.conf.
    Make a copy of mrinit.conf and edit the required values (eg. ParentAddress, ParentRouterAddress). Save the new file as mrinit.custom in the root of the CID.  Eg:

    Endpoints will automatically select mrinit.custom when they next perform an update from the CID.

Further Information
If you are familiar with ConfigCID.exe it should be noted that this is not required/will not work in the scenario above. 

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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