Adding Endpoint Computers to ESM
Each managed endpoint requires a small software agent to be installed to facilitate communication between it and the ESM console. Depending on the method by which the agent is installed, the endpoints can be imported into ESM in two ways:
Installing the agent directly from the ESM Admin Console and importing computers from Active Directory, Workgroup or by specifying the IP addressesor host names. This method is suitable for computers in the local network. Refer to Importing Computers by Automatic Installation of Agent.
Downloading the agent as an executable and installing manually, transferring it onto media such as DVD, CD, USB memory or uploading it to a network share then installing onto the endpoint computers. This method is more suitable for computers connected through external networks like Internet. Refer to Adding Computers by Manual Installation of Agent.
Once the agent is installed, the endpoint computer is automatically discovered and added into ESM to the 'Unassigned' group where it will be given the configured policy (see 'The Policies Area' for more details) and is then ready to be managed.
Alternatively, Comodo Internet Security (CIS) can be installed in endpoint computers separately and from the CIS interface, the endpoints can be connected to ESM. For more details refer the sections, How to Install CIS and How to Connect CIS to ESM at the Local Endpoint.
The 'Computers' area also allows the administrators to sort the added computers into 'Groups' as per the structure of the organization for easy administration. Once created administrators can run tasks on entire groups of computers (such as applying security policy for CIS, running AV scans, deploying agents, updating AV databases and more). Refer to Creating Endpoint Groups for more details.