Policies are used to push specific configurations to ESET products running on client computers. This allows you to avoid configuring each client's ESET product manually. A policy can be applied directly to individual Computers as well as groups (Static and Dynamic). You can also assign multiple policies to a computer or a group, unlike in ESET Security Management Center 5 and earlier where it was only possible to apply one policy to one product or component.

Policies and permissions

The user must have sufficient permissions to create and assign policies. Permissions needed for certain Policies actions:

To read the list of policies and their configuration a user needs Read permission.

To assign policies to targets, a user needs Use permission.

To create, modify or edit policies, a user needs Write permission.

See the list of permissions for more information on access rights.


If user John needs only to read policies created by himself, Read permission for Policies are needed.

If user John wants to assign certain policies to computers, he needs Use permission for Policies and Use permission for Groups and Computers.

To allow John full access for policies, Administrator must set Write permission for Policies.

Policy application

Policies are applied in the order that Static Groups are arranged. This is not true for Dynamic Groups, where child Dynamic Groups are traversed first. This allows you to apply policies with greater impact at the top of the Group tree and apply more specific policies for subgroups. Using flags, an ESMC user with access to groups located higher in the tree can override the policies of lower groups. The algorithm is explained in detail in How Policies are applied to clients.

Policy removal rules

When you have a policy in place and decide to remove it later on, the resulting configuration of the client computers will depend on the version of  ESET security product that is installed on the managed computers:

ESET security products version 6 and earlier: The configuration will not automatically revert back to the original settings once the policy is removed. The configuration will remain according to the last policy that was applied to the clients. The same thing happens when a computer becomes a member of a Dynamic Group with a policy applied that changes the computer's settings. These settings remain in place even if the computer leaves the Dynamic Group. Therefore, we recommend that you create a policy with default settings and assign it to the root group (All) to have the settings revert to default. This way, when a computer leaves a Dynamic Group that changed its settings, this computer will revert to the default settings.

ESET security products version 7: When a policy is removed, the configuration will automatically revert back to the previous policy that was applied to the client machines. When a computer leaves a Dynamic Group where particular policy setting were in place, these policy settings will be removed from the computer. icon_no_apply_policy Not apply flag turns individual policy settings to the default state on client computers.

Merging policies

A policy applied to a client is usually the result of multiple policies being merged into one final policy.


We recommend that you assign more generic policies (for example, the update server policy) to groups that are higher in the group tree. More specific policies (for example, the device control settings policy) should be assigned lower in the group tree. The lower policy usually overrides the settings of the higher policies when merged (unless defined otherwise using policy flags).