5 1 0:Remote Installation of Windows Clients

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This article describes SEP sesam remote installation for Windows. This feature is not provided for Linux. For installing Linux, see SEP sesam Quick Install Guide for Linux. For installing SEP sesam remotely by using CLI, see Updating SEP sesam Using CLI.

You can remotely install any SEP sesam package (Client, RDS, etc.) from your SEP sesam Windows Server to any Windows system by using SEP sesam GUI (once your Windows clients are added to SEP sesam environment). You may prefer to use a command line to install SEP sesam remotely. In this case, use the sm_update_client install command as described in Updating SEP sesam Using CLI as the previously used sm_remote_install command is now deprecated.


For remote installation on Windows, SEP sesam needs to establish a connection to the target computer using WMI. Connecting to the remote computer through WMI may require adjusting the settings for Windows Firewall, User Account Control (UAC), DCOM, or Common Information Model Object Manager (CIMOM). For detailed information, refer to Microsoft's documentation on setting up a remote WMI connection.

To connect to the target computer, use a local Administrator or a domain Administrator account that is part of the Administrators group on the remote computer. Enter the username including both the username and the computer or domain name, for example, computername\Administrator or domainname\Administrator. Alternatively, the IP address can be used, for example,\Administrator.

Step 1: Enable Update mode

After you have installed SEP sesam Windows Server, you can install any SEP sesam package on your Windows clients (Client, RDS, etc.) by using SEP sesam GUI Clients view. The displayed status details and the options available from the right-click menu in the Clients view depend on the selected Update mode option. The Install SEP sesam option is only available if your update mode is set up to enable the install/update feature.

By default, SEP sesam does not check, download and install updates. You can change your update mode in SEP sesam menu bar -> Configuration -> Defaults -> click the tab Install/Update and select one of the modes that enable the automatic check function. For details, see Setting preferred update mode.

Step 2: Install SEP sesam remotely

  1. Once you have set the update mode that allows SEP sesam to check for installation and update packages, from Main Selection -> Components -> Clients, right-click the selected Windows client to perform individual installation, then select Install SEP sesam.

  2. A new window opens where you have to specify the following:
    • Credential set: In the drop-down list select the credential set that contains the login information for the account with administrative rights for the client. Use the credential set for the domain or local admin user account that has installation and backup rights; the latter are required when using the option Run SEP sesam service as given user (see below).
    • Sesam package: Choose the package that you want to install: SEP sesam Client, SEP sesam Remote Device (RDS), or SEP sesam GUI. For each package, you can select to install additional extensions or features by selecting the relevant check box below: install SEP sesam Client with BSR, SEP sesam RDS with BSR and/or GUI, and SEP sesam GUI with BSR and/or Client.
    • Run SEP sesam service as given user: If you are installing Exchange DB or Hyper-V cluster, select this option and run the service under the admin account that has the backup rights (see the first option).

Hovering over a client displays information about the installation status.

Verifying the installation

To verify the remote installation and check the status in the GUI, navigate to Main Selection -> Components -> Clients. In the clients tree structure, locate the client you want to check. The columns Update State and Update Message contain information about the installation status.

You can also check the log file sm_update_client, which is located at <SESAM_ROOT>/var/log/lgc/sm_update_client_[datestring].log.

What is next?

SEP sesam Configuration – First Steps

See also

LicensingAbout Installation and UpdateSEP sesam Quick Install GuideInstalling SEP sesam Remotely Using CLI - Managing Credential Sets

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