Howto | Install ESET Remote Administrator on Ubuntu

After much research I decided to purchase ESET Antivirus for our Windows clients. But rather than install ESET Antivirus on each client in turn, I decided to install ESET Remote Administrator on an Ubuntu VPS. ESET Remote Administrator is a server program for controlling ESET Antivirus (and other ESET programs) on clients, you can use it to deploy the ESET Agent, which in turn can then install and monitor the ESET Antivirus software.

Our Windows PCs are controlled by an ActiveDirectory server (actually a Samba4 ActiveDirectory server, although that should not make any difference to these instructions).

I found the ESET instructions for so doing decidedly sketchy, but I eventually managed to install it and took some notes as I went. I cannot promise these instructions are complete, but used in conjunction with the ESET instructions they may be of help.

Update Hosts

Edit /etc/hosts:       localhost.example.lan      localhost.localdomain        localhost   eset.example.lan           eset

Test by typing the following two commands and checking the output matches:

# hostname

# hostname -f


# apt-get install mysql-server unixodbc libmyodbc cifs-utils libjcifs-java winbind libqtwebkit4 xvfb
# dpkg-reconfigure libmyodbc 

Install MySQL Server

Edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf:


Restart MySQL

# service mysql-server restart

Configure MySQL

# mysql -u root -p

Cannot remember whether I created database and/or username and password, suggest you try without and then with.

Install ESET Remote Administration Server

Replace ??? with actual:

# sh --license-key=??? \
--db-type="MySQL Server" --db-driver="MySQL" --db-hostname= --db-port=3306 \
--server-root-password="???" --db-name="era_db" --db-admin-username="root" --db-admin-password="???" \
--db-user-username="era" --db-user-password="???" \
--cert-hostname="eset" --cert-auth-common-name="eset.example.lan" --cert-organizational-unit="eset.example.lan" \
--cert-organization="example ltd" --cert-locality="UK" \
--ad-server="ads.example.lan" --ad-user-name="era" --ad-user-password="???"

In case of error, read the following carefully:


Install Tomcat7

# apt-get install tomcat7 tomcat7-admin

Wait 5 minutes for Tomcat to start, then visit http://localhost:8080 to check it has worked.

Configure SSL

See SSL/TLS Configuration HOW-TO.

Step 1 - Generate Keystore

$JAVA_HOME/bin/keytool -genkey -alias tomcat -keyalg RSA -keystore /usr/share/tomcat7/.keystore

Use password ‘changeit’.

At the time of writing $JAVA_HOME is /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre

Step 2 - Configure Tomcat

You should have two sections like this:

<Connector port="8080" protocol="HTTP/1.1"
           redirectPort="8443" />

<Connector port="8443" protocol="HTTP/1.1" SSLEnabled="true"
           maxThreads="150" scheme="https" secure="true"
           keystoreFile="/usr/share/tomcat7/.keystore" keystorePass="changeit"
           clientAuth="false" sslProtocol="TLS" />

These will already exist, but need uncommenting and adjusting with keystore details.


You should now be able to go to http://localhost:8443.

Join Windows Domain

The ERA server must be joined to the domain

Install samba and stop any samba services that start.

# apt-get install samba krb5-user smbclient

Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf:

         workgroup = EXAMPLE
         security = ADS
         realm = EXAMPLE.COM
         dedicated keytab file = /etc/krb5.keytab
         kerberos method = secrets and keytab
         server string = Samba 4 Client %h
         winbind enum users = yes
         winbind enum groups = yes
         winbind use default domain = yes
         winbind expand groups = 4
         winbind nss info = rfc2307
         winbind refresh tickets = Yes
         winbind normalize names = Yes
         idmap config * : backend = tdb
         idmap config * : range = 2000-9999
         idmap config EXAMPLE : backend  = ad
         idmap config EXAMPLE : range = 10000-999999
         idmap config EXAMPLE:schema_mode = rfc2307
         printcap name = cups
         cups options = raw
         usershare allow guests = yes
         domain master = no
         local master = no
         preferred master = no
         os level = 20
         map to guest = bad user
         username map = /etc/samba/smbmap

Create /etc/samba/smbmap:

!root = EXAMPLE\Administrator Administrator admionistrator

Edit /etc/krb5.conf:

      default_realm = EXAMPLE.COM
      dns_lookup_realm = false
      dns_lookup_kdc = true
      ticket_lifetime = 24h
      forwardable = yes

Make sure that /etc/resolv.conf points to the AD DC, and dns is setup correctly.

Then run this command:

# net ads join -U Administrator@EXAMPLE.COM

Enter Administrators password when requested.

Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf and add ‘winbind’ to passwd & group lines.

Start samba services.

Update DNS

For some reason the join does not always create the DNS entry on Samba4, so you may need to add this manually.


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