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Installation process


The Installation guide covers many ways to install ESET PROTECT and is generally intended for enterprise customers. Please refer to the guide for small and medium-sized businesses if you want to install ESET PROTECT on a Windows platform to manage up to 250 Windows ESET endpoint products.

For instructions to upgrade your existing ESET PROTECT installation, see Upgrade procedures.

ESET PROTECT installers are available in the Download ESET PROTECT section of the ESET website. Different formats are available to support different install methods. By default, the All-in-one installer tab is selected. Click the appropriate tab to download a VA or a standalone installer. The following downloads are available:

The ESET PROTECT All-in-one installer package for Windows in zip format.

An ISO image that contains all ESET PROTECT installers (except ESET PROTECT Virtual Appliances).

Virtual appliances (OVA files). We recommend deploying of the ESET PROTECT Virtual Appliance for users who want to run ESET PROTECT in a virtualized environment or prefer a more simple installation. See our complete ESET PROTECT Virtual Appliance deployment guide for step-by-step instructions.

Individual installers for each component for Windows and Linux platforms.

Additional methods of installation:

Step-by-step installation instructions for Linux


Since November 2022, we do not provide ESET PROTECT Appliance in the Azure Marketplace. Alternatively, you can use ESET PROTECT Cloud and let ESET manage all required infrastructure components.


Do not change the computer name of your ESET PROTECT Server machine after installation. See Change of IP address or hostname on ESET PROTECT Server for more information.

To decide what kind of ESET PROTECT installation is suitable for your environment, see the following table that will guide you to the best choice. For example:

Do not use a slow internet connection for ESET PROTECT in cloud.

Select an All-in-one installer if you are an SMB customer.

See also Hardware and infrastructure sizing. You can install ESET PROTECT on physical or virtual machines.

Installation method


Customer type




Environment for ESET PROTECT installation


Internet connection





No server

Dedicated server

Shared server

Virtualization platform

Cloud server




All-in-One on
Windows Server




All-in-One on
Windows Desktop







Virtual Appliance







Component Linux





Component Windows