Installing an Enterprise Console managed endpoint with Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux/Unix v 9

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This article describes how to install a managed Linux/Unix endpoint. These instructions can also be used to migrate from a standalone endpoint to a managed endpoint.

Managing endpoints with Enterprise Console provides several benefits including centralized updating, policy configuration, and reporting.

First seen in
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux/Unix 9

What To Do

Sophos Anti-Virus must be installed using the package in the Enterprise Console CID.

Note:  Before you start, you must subscribe to the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux v 9.x package using Sophos Update Manager. For more information, see the Enterprise Console documentation:

Option 1 - Manual installation on a computer

Follow these instructions to install from the Enterprise Console CID:

  1. Login to the computer as root
  2. Configure access to the Enterprise Console CID:
    • Mount the Enterprise Console CID across the network. For example, on Linux systems:
      mount -t cifs //SERVER/SophosUpdate /mnt/sophosupdate -o username=<user>,password=<pass>
    • Copy the Enterprise Console CID to a local temporary directory.
  3. Change directory to the CID folder/mount
  4. Run the installer: ./
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Option 2a - Creating a deployment package

A pre-configured deployment package can be created for installation on multiple computers:

  1. Install Sophos Anti-Virus on one computer as per Option 1 above.
  2. Login to the computer as root.
  3. Create the deployment package:
    • To create a deployment package in tar format, called savinstpkg.tgz, run: /opt/sophos-av/update/mkinstpkg
    • (Linux) To create a deployment package in rpm format, called savinstpkg-0.0-1.i586.rpm, run: /opt/sophos-av/update/ -r
  4. The installation package will be created in the current working directory.

Configuration options can be set when creating the package with mkinstpkg such as setting the install package to default to Fanotify instead of Talpa for on-access scanning (please see 118216). The example in this case would ./mkinstpkg --extra-options="--preferFanotify"


More information on this configuration options can be found in section 11 Appendix "Command Line Options for Mkinstpkg" in the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux Start-up guide.

Option 2b - Installing the deployment package on multiple computers

You can use the package in two ways:

  • Manually on each computer. This approach can be used with a package in RPM or tar format.
  • Automatically across the network using an operating system administration tool. This approach can be used only with a package in RPM format.

For manual installation, follow these steps:

  1. Use your own tools to copy the deployment package to the computers where you want to install Sophos Anti-Virus.
  2. Go to each computer and log in as root.
  3. Place the deployment package in a temporary directory and change to that directory.
  4. Install the deployment package:
    • To install the tar package, type:
      tar -zxvf savinstpkg.tgz
    • To install the RPM package, type:
      rpm -i <RPM Package>

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