Getting started with ESET Security Management Center

ESET Security Management Center can be configured and managed via the ESMC Web Console. After you have successfully installed ESET Security Management Center or deployed ESMC VA, you can connect to your ESMC Server using ESMC Web Console.

After you have successfully installed ESET Security Management Center, you can begin setting up your configuration. Our guide will lead you through the recommended steps for an optimal setup experience.

First steps after ESMC Server deployment

1.Open ESMC Web Console in your web browser and log in.

2.Add your license(s) to ESET Security Management Center.

3.Add client computers, servers, and mobile devices on your network to the ESMC structure.

4.Assign the built-in policy Application reporting - Report all installed applications to all computers.

5.Create a Dynamic Group for computers with ESET home products.

6.Remove third party antivirus applications using the Software Uninstall task.

7.Install the ESET security products using the Software Install task (unless you have installed the Agent using the All-in-one installer).

8.Assign a policy with recommended settings to each machine with installed ESET security products. For example, for Windows machines with ESET Endpoint, assign the Built-in policy Antivirus - Maximum security - Recommended. See also How to manage Endpoint products from ESET Security Management Center.


Additional recommended steps

Get to know the ESMC Web Console, since it is the interface you will use to manage the ESET security products.

During installation, you created the default administrator account. We recommend that you save the Administrator account credentials in a safe place and create a new account to manage clients and configure their permissions.



We do not recommend that you use the default ESMC Administrator account as a normal user account. It serves as a backup in case something happens to normal user accounts or if you get locked out. You can log in with the Administrator account to fix such issues.

Use notifications and reports to monitor the status of client computers in your environment. For example, if you want to be notified that a certain event occurred or want to view or download a report.

Back up your database regularly to prevent loss of data.

We recommend that you export the Server Certification Authority and Peer Certificates. In case you need to reinstall the ESMC  Server, you can use the CA and Peer Certificates from the original ESMC Server and you do not need to reinstall ESET Management Agents on the client computers.