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.

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>

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

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