Adding Devices via the Console

This Article Applies to:

  • AVG Business Cloud Console
  • AVG Business On-Premise Console

Your network contains all the devices that you want to protect from threats, regardless of the device location. Your device is protected as soon as it is added to the network, which occurs when you install AVG Business Antivirus on it.

After setting up your AVG Account and creating your company profile, you need to add your laptops, PCs, and Macs (devices) into your network. This enables you to manage the security and protection of all devices from the AVG Business Management Consoles.

Cloud Console

To add devices to your network, open your Console. On the Dashboard or the Devices page click Add new device. Choose from one of two options for deploying Antivirus to devices on your network:

  • Downloaded installer
  • Remote Deployment

Downloading Installer

  1. Select which type of installer you need:
    • Windows .exe (for workstations and servers)
    • Windows .msi (for deployment using GPO)
  2. Select the subscription products
  3. Click Advanced Settings to view the following options
  4. Choose the Group and Policy the device will use
    1. If desired, you can activate your devices and select the subscriptions to use after installation by checking the box with that option.
  5. Choose whether to automatically remove competitive antivirus products on the device
    1. The option to remove competitive antivirus products is checked by default. We recommend that you leave this option checked when installing the Antivirus service. 
  6. Select the installer size (Light vs Full)
    1. If you select Light, the other services will be downloaded upon installation of the Antivirus agent. This option is not recommended if you are installing Antivirus on multiple devices at the same, as each machine will individually contact AVG servers to download the other services. 
  7. Ensure you have defined the correct Proxy Server, if any, in the policy you are applying to the device
  8. Click Download now and specify where to save the installation package–such as on a flash drive or network drive

You can also send a download link from this page by clicking Share download link beneath the Download now button. You can then copy and send the private download URL to any desired recipients.

Deploying Installers Remotely (Remote Deployment)

The Remote Deployment option is only available after you have added at least one device to your network using another install method. You must also designate a Master Agent (see Setting Up Master Agents and Local Update Servers) thus, it is best if the first device you add to your network is the device you will use as the Master Agent. Below is a summary of the remote deployment process:

Deployment

Before attempting deployment, refer to the Remote Deployment Requirements section on the System Requirements page to verify the recommended settings are in place.

On-Premise Console

To add devices to your network, open your Console. On the Dashboard or the Devices page click Download Installer. Choose from one of three options for deploying Antivirus to devices on your network:

  • Downloaded installer
  • Download link via email
  • Remote Deployment

Downloading Installer

  1. Select which type of installer you need:
    • Windows .exe (for workstations and servers)
    • Windows .msi (for deployment using GPO)
  2. Select the subscription products
  3. Click Advanced Settings to view the following options
  4. Choose the Group and Policy the device will use
    1. If desired, you can activate your devices and select the subscriptions to use after installation by checking the box with that option.
  5. Choose whether to automatically remove competitive antivirus products on the device
    1. The option to remove competitive antivirus products is checked by default. We recommend that you leave this option checked when installing the Antivirus service. 
  6. Select the installer size (Light vs Full)
    1. If you select Light, the other services will be downloaded upon installation of the Antivirus agent. This option is not recommended if you are installing Antivirus on multiple devices at the same, as each machine will individually contact AVG servers to download the other services. 
  7. Ensure you have defined the correct Proxy Server, if any, in the policy you are applying to the device
  8. Click Download now and specify where to save the installation package–such as on a flash drive or network drive

You can also send a download link from this page by clicking Share download link beneath the Download now button. You can then copy and send the private download URL to any desired recipients.

Adding Clients from the Offline Console

  1. Download the installer (avg_business_agent_setup.zip) as usual following the above guidelines.
  2. Unzip the folder and run avg_setup.bat on the end devices.
  3. When prompted after installation, restart the device.

Sending Download Link via Email

Before you can send download links from the On-Premise Console, you will need to define your SMTP server. See Configuring Your SMTP Server.

  1. Enter the email addresses for the target users in the Send To box, separated by commas
  2. If desired, alter the Subject line of the email that will be sent
  3. To configure the message you send in the email, check Include your custom message and type a message in the space provided
  4. Select the subscription products
  5. Click Advanced Settings to view the following options
  6. Choose the Group and Policy the device will use
    1. If desired, you can activate your devices and select the subscriptions to use after installation by checking the box with that option.
  7. Choose whether to automatically remove conflicting antivirus products on the device
    1. The option to remove competitive antivirus products is checked by default. We recommend that you leave this option checked when installing the Antivirus service. 
  8. Select the installer size (Light vs Full)
    1. If you select Light, the other services will be downloaded upon installation of the Antivirus agent. This option is not recommended if you are installing Antivirus on multiple devices at the same, as each machine will individually contact AVG servers to download the other services. 
  9. Ensure you have defined the correct Proxy Server, if any, in the settings template you are applying to the device
  10. Click Send

Deploying Installers Remotely (Remote Deployment)

The Remote Deployment option is only available after you have added at least one device to your network using another install method. You must also designate a Master Agent (see Setting Up Master Agents and Local Update Servers) thus, it is best if the first device you add to your network is the device you will use as the Master Agent. Below is a summary of the remote deployment process:

Deployment

Before attempting deployment, refer to the Remote Deployment Requirements section on the System Requirements page to verify the recommended settings are in place.