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Run the SEM Local Agent Installer for large Windows deployments

The Local Agent Installer allows you to install the SEM Agent without the need to step through an installation wizard. This option is only available for Windows systems.

You can run the Local Agent Installer using software distribution policies or local logon scripts. This method is an alternative to the Windows-only Remote Agent Installer in large deployment scenarios.

This procedure only works with the local installer. Do not use the Remote Agent Installer for this task.

Installation notes

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

There are three steps to using the Local Agent Installer to install the SEM Agent. Each step is described in detail in the sections below.

  1. Download the Local Agent Installer.
  2. Configure a custom file that contains your environmental variables.
  3. Run the Local Agent Installer.

See Install the SEM Agent on Windows using the remote Agent Installer for more information about installing the SolarWinds SEM Agent.

Download the Local Agent Installer

  1. Download the installer from the SolarWinds Customer Portal:

    1. Log in to the Customer Portal.

    2. Navigate to the License Management page.

    3. Locate SEM in the product list, and then click Choose Download.

    4. Download the Local Agent installer for Windows. Find the appropriate installer on the list.

      Be sure you download the Local Agent Installer. You cannot use the Remote Agent Installer for this task.

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

  3. Copy SolarWinds-SEM-2020.4-Agent-WindowsInstaller.exe to a known location.

Configure a custom file

  1. Open a text editor and create a file with the following two lines, followed by a carriage return:



    • <SEMManagerHostname> is the hostname or IP address of the SEM appliance.

    • silent to run the installer in silent mode.
    • <n> is 0 or 1. Specify 0 if USB defender should not be installed, or 1 if USB defender should be installed.

  2. Verify that a blank line with a carriage return follows the INSTALL_USB_DEFENDER entry.

    A blank line with a carriage return after the INSTALL_USB_DEFENDER entry is required for the file to work correctly.

    The contents of the file should look similar to this:




  3. Save the file as in the same folder as the .exe file.

Run the Local Agent Installer

  1. Verify that .exe and are located in the same folder.

    UNC paths should not be used during this installation.

  2. Run the command, setup -i silent using the active resource directory that matches the folder that contains the two installer files. The command immediately returns to the command prompt.

    Right-click the installer file and select Run as administrator.

    The SEM Agent starts automatically and continues running until you uninstall or manually stop the Agent. It begins sending alerts to your SEM Manager immediately. The SEM Agent should also appear in Add/Remove Programs.

    Next steps: