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

17 June 2024

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Network Agent for macOS and Linux has several functional limitations compared to Network Agent for Windows. 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

Linux

macOS

Installation

 

Automatic installation of updates and patches for Network Agent

Yes

No.

No.

Automatic distributing of a key

Yes

Yes

Yes

Installing manually, by running application installers on devices

Yes

Yes

Yes

Forced synchronization

Yes

Yes

Yes

Distribution point

 

Network polling

Yes

  • IP range polling
  • Windows network polling
  • Domain controller polling (Microsoft Active Directory)

Yes

  • IP range polling
  • Domain controller polling (Microsoft Active Directory, Samba as an Active Directory)

No.

Running KSN proxy service on a distribution point side

Yes

Yes

No.

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

Yes

Yes

No.

Distribution point devices running macOS cannot download updates from Kaspersky update servers.

If one or more devices running 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.

Push installation of applications

 

Yes

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

 

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

 

Handling third-party applications

 

Remote installation of applications on devices

 

Yes

No.

No.

Software updates

Yes

No.

No.

Configuring operating system updates in a Network Agent policy

Yes

No.

No.

Viewing information about software vulnerabilities

Yes

No.

No.

Scanning applications for vulnerabilities

Yes

No.

No.

Inventory of software installed on devices

Yes

Yes

No.

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

Yes

No.

No.

Managing device restarts

Yes

No.

No.

Connection Manager

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remotely connecting to the desktop of a client device

Yes

No.

No.

The following sections are displayed in the distribution point properties, but the corresponding features are not supported by Network Agent for macOS:

  • Source of updates
  • KSN proxy server
  • Windows domains
  • Active Directory
  • IP ranges
  • Advanced
  • Statistics

See also:

Scenario: Kaspersky applications initial deployment

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