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

April 17, 2023

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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

Yes

No.

No.

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

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, or using third-party tools

Yes

No.

No.

Installing with third-party tools for remote installation of applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Installing manually, by running application installers on devices

Yes

Yes

Yes

Installing Network Agent in silent mode

Yes

Yes

Yes

Installing Network Agent in non-interactive mode

Yes

No.

No.

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic installing of updates and patches for Kaspersky Security Center components

Yes

No.

No.

Automatic distributing of a key

Yes

Yes

Yes

Forced synchronization

Yes

Yes

Yes

Distribution point

Using as distribution point

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic assignment of distribution points

Yes

Yes

Yes

All types of network polling

Yes

No.

No.

Running KSN proxy service on a distribution point side

Yes

 

No.

No.

Push installation of applications on Windows devices

Yes

Restricted: after the operating system type is defined on the networked devices through polling, Administration Server does not attempt to perform push installation on Windows devices by using non-Windows distribution points

Restricted: after the operating system type is defined on the networked devices through polling, Administration Server does not attempt to perform push installation on Windows devices by using non-Windows distribution points

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

Yes

 

No.

(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.)

No.

(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.)

Offline model of update download

Yes

Yes

Yes

Using as a push server

Yes

Yes

Yes

Handling other applications

Remote installing 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

No.

No.

Viewing the applications registry

Yes

No.

No.

Installation of applications via stand-alone packages created by Kaspersky Security Center

Yes

No.

No.

Automatic distribution of a license key

Yes

Yes

Yes

Virtual machines

Installing Network Agent on a virtual machine

Yes

No.

Yes

Optimization settings for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support of dynamic virtual machines

Yes

Yes

Yes

Other

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

Yes

No.

No.

Monitoring the anti-virus protection status

Yes

Yes

Yes

Managing device restarts

Yes

No.

No.

Support of file system rollback

Yes

Yes

Yes

Using a Network Agent as connection gateway

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connection Manager

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

No.

No.

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remotely connecting to the desktop of a client device

Yes

Yes

Yes

Downloading a stand-alone installation package through the Migration Wizard

Yes

Yes

Yes

Zeroconf polling

No.

No.

Yes

See also:

Deploying Network Agent and the security application

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