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Usage of Network Agent for Windows, macOS, and Linux: comparison

14 April 2024

ID 172012

The Network Agent usage varies depending on the operating system of the device. The Network Agent policy and installation package settings also differ depending on the operating system. The table below compares Network Agent features and usage scenarios available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

Network Agent feature comparison

Network Agent feature

Windows

macOS

Linux

Installation

Automatic generating of the Network Agent installation package after the installation of Kaspersky Security Center

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Installing in forced mode, using special options in the remote installation task of Kaspersky Security Center

Included.

Included.

Included.

Installing by sending device users links to stand-alone packages generated by Kaspersky Security Center

Included.

Included.

Included.

Installing by cloning an image of the administrator's hard drive with the operating system and Network Agent using tools provided by Kaspersky Security Center for handling disk images

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Installing by cloning an image of the administrator's hard drive with the operating system and Network Agent using third-party tools

Included.

Included.

Included.

Installing with third-party tools for remote installation of applications

Included.

Included.

Included.

Installing manually, by running application installers on devices

Included.

Included.

Included.

Installing Network Agent in silent mode

Included.

Included.

Included.

Manually connecting a client device to the Administration Server. klmover utility

Included.

Included.

Included.

Automatic installing of updates and patches for Kaspersky Security Center components

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Automatic distributing of a key

Included.

Included.

Included.

Forced synchronization

Included.

Included.

Included.

Distribution point

Using as distribution point

Included.

Included.

Included.

Automatic assignment of distribution points

Included.

Included.

Without using Network Location Awareness (NLA).

Included.

Without using Network Location Awareness (NLA).

Offline model of update download

Included.

Included.

Included.

Network polling

Included.

  • IP range polling
  • Windows network polling
  • Active Directory polling

Excluded.

Included.

IP range polling

Running KSN proxy service on a distribution point side

Included.

 

Excluded.

Included.

Downloading updates via Kaspersky update servers to the distribution points repositories that distribute updates to managed devices

Included.

 

Excluded.

(If one or more devices running Linux or macOS are within the scope of the Download updates to the repositories of distribution points task, the task completes with the Failed status, even if it has successfully completed on all Windows devices.)

Included.

Push installation of applications

Included.

Restricted: it is not possible to perform push installation on Windows devices by using macOS distribution points.

Restricted: it is not possible to perform push installation on Windows devices by using Linux distribution points.

Using as a push server

Included.

Excluded.

Included.

Handling third-party applications

Remote installing of applications on devices

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Software updates

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Configuring operating system updates in a Network Agent policy

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Viewing information about software vulnerabilities

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Scanning applications for vulnerabilities

Included.

 

Excluded.

Excluded.

Inventory of software installed on devices

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Virtual machines

Installing Network Agent on a virtual machine

Included.

Included.

Included.

Optimization settings for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Included.

Included.

Included.

Support of dynamic virtual machines

Included.

Included.

Included.

Other

Auditing actions on a remote client device by using Windows Desktop Sharing

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Monitoring the anti-virus protection status

Included.

Included.

Included.

Managing device restarts

Included.

Excluded.

Excluded.

Support of file system rollback

Included.

Included.

Included.

Using a Network Agent as connection gateway

Included.

Included.

Included.

Connection Manager

Included.

Included.

Included.

Network Agent switching from one Administration Server to another (automatically by network location)

Included.

Included.

Excluded.

Checking the connection between a client device and the Administration Server. klnagchk utility

Included.

Included.

Included.

Remotely connecting to the desktop of a client device

Included.

Included.

By using the Virtual Network Computing (VNC) system.

Excluded.

Downloading a stand-alone installation package through the Migration wizard

Included.

Included.

Included.

Zeroconf polling

Excluded.

Excluded.

Included.

See also:

Deploying Network Agent and the security application

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