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Quick Start: AVG Business Cloud Console

This Article Applies to:

  • AVG Business Cloud Console

 

With AVG Business Management Consoles, adding critical protection to every PC and server has never been easier. Flexible management provides the most convenient way to protect businesses. The Management Consoles provide:

  • Complete control over the behavior of Antivirus on endpoint devices
  • Centralized management of multiple devices, either accessible anywhere in the Cloud or situated locally with the On-Premise Console
  • A complete overview of the current status of entire environment with immediate alerts
  • Automatic and seamless updates

To learn more about AVG Business Management Consoles and differences between them, see Cloud vs. On-Premise Console.

 

AVG Business Cloud Console integrates seamlessly with AVG Business Antivirus to:

  • Leverage virtualization to protect confidential information
  • Protect multiple platforms - PCs and servers
  • Update to the latest version automatically or manually
  • Add extra firewall protection for remote endpoints
  • Secure your e-mail client

When you install AVG Business services on devices through the AVG Business Management Consoles, you can control those services remotely. You can change and apply settings to each device individually, without having to visit each device or recall them from the field.

Verifying System Requirements

Before setting up your AVG Business Management Console and installing any services on end devices, make sure all System Requirements are met.

Verifying Firewall Requirements

For overall functionality, and to enable the Antivirus clients and/or the Management Consoles to authenticate/update, you must allow certain ports and URL addresses through your Firewall or Proxy Server. For more detail, refer to the Firewall Requirements article.

Signing Up for Cloud Console

To create your first Cloud Console account, follow the registration process described in Signing Up for Cloud Console.

Managing Subscriptions

Activating Subscriptions

The first time you access your AVG Business Management Console, you will need to enter your activation code when prompted so that the subscription you purchased can be activated. For more information on how to perform subscription activation, see Activating Subscriptions.

Viewing and Altering Subscriptions

In your Cloud Console, you can easily check information such as which subscriptions are active, when they expire, or how many devices they are assigned to. You can also see how many seats are available (unassigned) so you can buy additional ones in time or free up some of the used ones. Read the Managing Subscriptions article for a more detailed overview.

Adding Users

You can invite desired users to join your Cloud Console as administrators or viewers. For more details on how to invite and manage console users, see Managing Users.

Configuring Policies

The main way you manage your devices is through policies, which are groups of security rules that determine how AVG Business Antivirus works on the endpoints. Any changes to a policy are applied to the devices and groups the policy is assigned to.

To learn about policies and how to create and manage them, see Policies Overview and Managing Policies.

Configuring Components

Via the policies, you will be able to enable/disable various Antivirus components and customize their settings straight from your console. To see which components are included in each subscription type and how to configure and manage them, refer to the Component Overview article.

Note that a business environment's needs differ from those of consumers. Therefore, certain components are not recommended for use in such a network even though they are available in AVG Business Antivirus. To see which components you should avoid, go to Recommended Components for Servers.

Configuring Exclusions

The policies also offer the option of excluding specified files, folders, or websites from being scanned by Antivirus (usually done to speed up scans and prevent false-positive detections). To add and configure standard and component-specific antivirus exclusions, see Configuring Antivirus Exclusions.

Configuring Updates

In your policy settings, you can set your devices to manually or automatically update the AVG Business Antivirus program and virus definitions. For more information, go to Configuring Virus Definitions and Antivirus Program Updates.

You can also

Configuring Restarts

From your policies in Cloud Console, you can control when your endpoint devices automatically restart to apply updates and patches.To view and manage your restart options in the Cloud Console, follow the Configuring Automatic Restarts guidelines.

Adding Devices

After the initial configuration of the console, you can start adding devices to your network in order to keep them protected from threats and manage their security straight from the Cloud Console. For instructions on how to bring desired devices into your network (including the steps to share the installer download link or deploy the installer remotely), see Adding Devices to Cloud Console.

Assigning Policies to Devices

Once you add desired devices to your network, you can assign a policy to an individual device or a group of devices. For detailed instructions, see Changing Devices' Assigned Policy.

To create a device group first if needed, refer to Managing Device Groups.

Assigning Subscriptions to Devices

To assign activated subscriptions to your previously added endpoint devices, follow the steps described in Managing Services. Note that you can only perform this action after you have added at least one device to your network.

Installing Antivirus on End Devices

Once you have sent the installer file or download link from the AVG Business Management Console to desired end devices, you will need to install AVG Business Antivirus on those devices. The quick and simple installation process is described in Installing Managed Antivirus.

Setting Up Update/Master Agents

You can set up devices to act as Update/Master Agents for other devices. These Agents store identical copies of update files that reside on AVG's update servers, which means that other devices managed via the console can download update files from the Agents instead of contacting the AVG Update Servers. They can also act as Local Update Servers for program and virus definition updates.

To find out how to set up devices as Update Agents or Local Update Servers, refer to the Setting Up Update Agents and Local Update Servers article.

Performing Scans and Other Device Tasks

AVG Business Cloud Console offers the possibility of creating several types of tasks that can be propagated across your entire network or applied to specific devices only. Namely, you can:

  • Scan devices
  • Update devices' Antivirus program and virus definitions
  • Shut down and restart devices
  • Scan for and install patches on devices (when Patch Management is active)

To learn how to create and manage these tasks via your console, see Managing Tasks.

 

 

There are many more features and options available in AVG Business Cloud Console. For more information, please see the rest of our Knowledge Base.