What's new in ESET Remote Administrator (4.x)?KB Solution ID: SOLN2438|Last Revised: May 17, 2012
Enhanced Active Directory Synchronization
With Active Directory synchronization, you can sort clients into groups and choose which Active Directory groups will be synchronized. Active Directory synchronization eliminates the need to create duplicate security group structures outside of an existing Active Directory, diminishing the risk of inconsistency.
Improved Remote Installation
With ESET Remote Administrator 4, remote installation can be run, unsupervised, in parallel mode. In addition to NetBIOS-based search, it is now possible to search for unregistered clients in Active Directory (organizational units, security groups), as well as perform a custom search based on IP range or IP mask. Tasks can be created to concurrently diagnose or push install these clients.
Intelligent Group Manager
The new parametric groups feature dynamically populates groups with clients that match specific criteria. Parametric groups can be used in filtering, reports, notifications, and policy rules. You can instantly identify problematic or infiltrated nodes, reducing management overhead and time spent on problem resolution.
Centralized Quarantine Management
With ESET Remote Administrator 4, you can see the contents of clients' quarantines and create tasks in order to restore or delete quarantined files based on a variety of criteria, or even exclude them from further scanning. Quarantined objects can also be downloaded from clients for further inspection. Top-down visibility ensures consistency in quarantine policy across all endpoints.
With ESET Remote Administrator 4, you can manage all endpoints running current and previous versions of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security from a single console. In addition, you will be able to manage new and/or upcoming products including ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange Server, ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Mac OS X/Linux workstations and the next generation of mobile security products.
Firewall Rules Merge Wizard
With the Firewall Rules Merge Wizard, you can merge clients' firewall rules. This is especially useful when creating a single configuration containing all firewall rules gathered by clients in Learning mode. This merged configuration can then be applied as a policy or sent to clients using the Configuration task.
With ESET Remote Administrator 4, you can configure policy rules based on a variety of criteria, including product name and version or the client’s status. Policy rules can also be created automatically using the Policy Rules Wizard, with which you can create a policy structure based on the existing group structure and map created policies to groups by creating corresponding policy rules. Additionally, existing policies and policy rules can be imported/exported from/to an .xml file. Usability has been improved by a feature that highlights the inherited part of a configuration within the policy configuration.
In order to make client and event management easier and more intuitive, filters can be used to display only information related to specific servers or clients. Each client can belong to several groups and several policies can be applied; policies can also be used for client filtering.
Support for Windows Clustering
ESET Remote Administrator 4 brings support for Windows Clustering, with one active cluster at a time.
The Scheduler interface has been unified, making it easier to schedule any and all tasks from one location.
In order to improve security, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) was implemented in ESET Remote Administrator 4.
As an alternative to using ERA Server credentials for authentication, Windows/Domain credentials can also be used. Users can have administrator access or read‐only access.
Multiple Database Support
The list of supported databases includes Access, MSSQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle.
Policies are used to manage and enforce clients' configurations, sorted into a hierarchical tree‐structure. This enables application of certain configuration fragments to be merged and inherited in various ways. Special default policies are included and policies are supported by replication. Using replication, various ERA servers can be easily connected in a hierarchical structure. This feature, in combination with different policies, employs various management scenarios. Policies can also be added automatically with customizable policy rules.
Notifications are widely customizable and enable monitoring for various types of incidents (status of clients, possible virus outbreak or network attack, new client event, finished task, license expiration or server errors and warnings). Notification actions include e‐mail, SNMP Trap, launch on server and log entry. The Notification Manager now supports parametric groups.
Licenses for the same user can be easily combined. Notifications about license expiration and unused client count are now included. New licenses can be uploaded from the console even after the old license has expired. Capability to read licenses compressed in zip format was added.
Information about deleted clients can be replicated in ERA. After activation of this feature, the clients are also deleted from the main server. With the option of manual replication startup, the administrator can require the replication of all clients and observe the replication process.
Scaling of Data Transfers
You can set variables identifying which logs have to be transferred from client to server or among servers by replication.