Run the SEM Remote Agent Installer non-interactively for large Windows deployments

The Remote Agent Installer allows you to install the SEM Agent on multiple Windows computers without the need to step through an installation wizard. Once installed, the SEM Agent automatically starts and connects to the SEM Manager.

See SEM Agent pre-installation checklist: Prepare to deploy SEM Agents for Agent download information and a pre-install checklist.

To install the SEM Agent unattended on non-Windows systems, see Run the SEM Local Agent Installer non-interactively for large Windows deployments

Installation notes for the Remote Agent Installer

  • The Remote Agent Installer is Windows-only.

  • You will need a user account with privileges to write to Windows administrative shares such as C$ or D$
  • SEM Agents are installed to the following folders:


    Installation Folder





  • If you are installing SEM Agents on the far end of a WAN link, copy the Remote Agent Installer executable to the end of the WAN link and run it there. This will avoid using your WAN bandwidth to copy SEM Agents multiple times.

  • A reboot is not required

Run the SEM Agent installer for Windows

  1. Extract the contents of the installer ZIP file to a local or network location.

  2. Run setup.exe.

  3. Click Next to start the installation wizard.

  4. Accept the End User License Agreement if you agree, and then click Next.

  5. Enter the hostname of your SEM Manager in the Manager Name field, and then click Next. Do not change the default port values.

    Use the fully qualified domain name for your SEM Manager when you deploy SEM Agents on a different domain. For example, enter

  6. Confirm the Manager Communication settings, and then click Next.

  7. Specify whether or not you want to install USB-Defender with the SEM Agent, and then click Next. The installer will include USB-Defender by default. To omit this from the installation, clear the Install USB-Defender option box.

    SolarWinds recommends installing USB-Defender on every system. USB-Defender will never detach a USB device unless you have explicitly enabled a rule to do so. By default, USB-Defender simply generates alerts for USB mass storage devices attached to your SEM Agents.

  8. Confirm the settings on the Pre-Installation Summary, and then click Install.

  9. Once the installer finishes, it will start the SEM Agent service when you click Next.

  10. Inspect the Agent Log for any errors, and then click Next.

  11. Click Done to exit the installer.

The SEM Agent continues running on your computer unless you uninstall or manually stop it. It begins sending alerts to your SEM Manager immediately.

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