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Adding Devices to Your Network

This Article Applies to:

  • Avast Business Hub


After setting up your Avast Account and creating your company profile, you need to add all devices that you want to protect from threats to your network. This enables you to manage the security and protection of those devices directly from the Avast Business Management Consoles. Your device is protected as soon as it is added to the network, which occurs when you install Antivirus on it.

Partners can add devices on behalf of their customers directly from the Hub. These devices will then show up in the company single-tenant Hub for management by the Admin for that company.

  1. From either the Dashboard or Devices tab, click Add Devices or +Device
  2. Select which type of installer you need:
    • Windows .exe (for workstations and servers)
    • Windows .msi (for deployment using GPO)
    • macOS .dmg
  3. Select the services you would like to activate, from Antivirus, Patch Management, VPN, Cloud Backup, USB Protection, and Premium Remote Control
  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. In Advanced settings, select the installer size (Online vs Offline)
    1. If you select Online (default), 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 simultaneously, as each machine will individually contact Avast servers to download the other services. 
  6. In Advanced settings, 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.
  7. Ensure you have defined the correct Proxy Server, if any, in the policy you are applying to the device
  8. Click Download installer 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 next to the Download installer button. You can then copy and send the private download URL to any desired recipients.

For information on deploying Antivirus across your network remotely, see Remote Deployment.

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 Update 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:


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

IMPORTANT: If any devices in your network are running legacy OS (e.g. Windows XP, Vista, 2003, or 2008 SP2) and you attempt remote deployment with those devices included, the deployment will fail for all devices selected. Therefore, please ensure you do not select and attempt deployment to devices with legacy OS installed.

Once you have an installer file or download link from your console, you need to install the Antivirus client on your end devices by following the instructions provided in Installing Local Clients on End Devices.