The Atera agent serves as the foundation of the Atera monitoring system and must be installed on all devices you wish to monitor. It continuously monitors the availability, performance, and health of the computer/server, securely transmitting the information to the cloud. By doing so, Atera promptly notifies you of any critical issues, degradation, or when predefined thresholds are reached.
The Atera Agent is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux devices provided that the operating system version is supported by the respective vendors. Although the agent may function on older OS versions, Atera does not guarantee its performance and does not offer support, bug fixes, or security patches for devices running unsupported versions.
Frequently asked questions
This section will cover the frequently asked questions regarding the Atera agent.
Q: What is the purpose of the Atera agent?
A: The Atera agent is a software application designed to enable monitoring and management of Windows, Mac, and Linux devices directly from the Atera console.
Q: What are the installation options for the Atera agent?
A: There are several installation methods available for the Atera agent. You can manually install the Windows, Mac, and Linux agents on your devices. If your Windows devices are part of an Active Directory Domain, you can use Group Policy Objects for agent installation. For Windows devices in an Azure AD domain, Intune can be used to install the Windows agent. As for Linux and Mac devices, you can utilize another remote management tool to deploy the Atera agent in bulk. We recommend referring to our articles for detailed instructions on the supported installation methods for the Atera agent.
Q: Do I need admin rights on a device to install the Atera agent?
A: Yes, you will need administrative privileges on the device to successfully install the Atera agent. Administrative rights are necessary to perform the installation process and ensure that the agent is properly installed and configured on the device. It is not possible to install the Atera agent without administrative rights.
Q: Can the Atera agent be installed on devices other than Windows, Mac, and Linux?
A: At present, the Atera agent is only compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. However, you can monitor other types of devices using SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).
Q: Is it possible to install the Atera agent on portable devices such as Chromebooks, Android tablets, Android phones, Apple tablets, and phones?
A: No, the Atera agent cannot be installed on these types of devices. The Atera agent is designed for installation on Windows, Mac, and Linux devices only.
Q: Is it possible to install the Atera agent in an on-premises environment?
A: No, the Atera agent is a cloud-based software that requires internet access. It is not designed to be installed or operated in an on-premises environment.
Q: Can I create a golden image with the Atera agent preinstalled in my Windows setup?
A: Absolutely! You have the option to create a Windows golden image that includes the preinstallation of the Atera agent. This way, you can save time and effort by not having to install the Atera agent manually every time you need to reimage a Windows machine. Please refer to our article below for detailed instructions on setting up a golden image that includes the Atera Agent:
Q: I used a Golden image for multiple Windows devices, and now all of my devices report under a single agent. How can this be fixed?
A: To address this issue, please refer to the article below which outlines the necessary instructions and guidance to fix the problem of multiple devices reporting under a single agent.
Q: Are there any network changes required for the Atera agent to function in my environment?
A: Yes, it is necessary to ensure that your network adheres to the required Firewall settings for the Atera agent. For a comprehensive list of these settings, please refer to the following article:
Q: What are the supported versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux for the Atera agent?
A: The Atera agent is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, as long as the specific version is supported by the respective vendors. While the agent may function on older OS versions, it's important to note that Atera does not provide any guarantees, support, bug fixes, or security patches for devices running unsupported versions. To find the precise list of supported operating system versions for the Atera agent, please refer to the article provided below
Q: I have installed the Atera agent on my devices, but it appears to be missing. What should I do?
A: If you are experiencing issues with the installation or functionality of the Atera agent, we recommend referring to our articles that provide troubleshooting steps. These resources will guide you through the process of resolving any issues related to the installation and proper functioning of the Atera agent. In case these articles do not provide any help with the issues that you are experiencing, please reach out to our support team for assistance.
- Troubleshoot the Atera Agent (Windows)
- Troubleshoot the Atera Agent (Mac)
- Troubleshoot the Atera Agent (Linux)
- Agent missing from the Console
Q: Is the Atera agent compatible with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards)?
A: Currently, the Atera agent does not support FIPS. Enabling the FIPS protocol can prevent the agent from communicating with the Atera console.
Q: Is it possible to initiate a remote session on devices with the Atera agent installed?
A: Yes, you can initiate a remote session on devices that have the Atera agent installed. Additionally, you have the possibility to initiate remote sessions on devices that do not have the agent installed. For more detailed information about remote options and how to utilize them, please refer to the article provided below.
Q: Are there any remote functions available with the Atera agent?
A: Absolutely! The Atera agent offers a wide range of remote features that can be accessed and utilized from the Atera console. These include functionalities such as Registry Editor, Service Manager, Task Manager, Command Line Interfaces (CLIs), and more. For comprehensive information about the remote features available in Atera, please refer to the section below:
Q: Will end users be able to see the remote actions I perform from the Atera console?
A: No, end users will not have visibility into the remote actions performed by a technician from the Atera console. The actions taken by the technician, such as troubleshooting or configuration changes, are not visible to end users. This ensures that the work of end users remains uninterrupted and unaffected by the actions performed by the technician through the Atera console. The only actions that may be visible to end users are remote connection requests and shutdown actions.
Q: Is patch management supported by the Atera agent?
A: Yes, the Atera agent includes a patch management module that facilitates the installation of updates. It also allows you to exclude, approve, and postpone updates for your devices. For detailed information and instructions on how to utilize the patch management capabilities of the Atera agent, please refer to the articles provided below: [Insert links to relevant articles].
Q: What monitoring capabilities does the Atera agent offer?
A: The Atera agent provides comprehensive monitoring capabilities for various critical metrics on your devices. It can monitor component temperatures, CPU/RAM/Disk usage, network bandwidth, Windows events, services, and Microsoft Exchange parameters. For detailed information about the monitoring features available in Atera, we recommend referring to the articles provided below:
Q: What information does the Atera agent display in the Console?
A: The Atera agent displays the following information for your devices:
- Last logged user
- Last reboot time
- IP address
- OS details (Edition, Version, Build)
- Office version
- Security info (AV, Anti Spyware, Firewall
- Hardware details (Vendor, Model, Serial number, Motherboard, Bios manufacturer, Bios version, Bios version date, Processor, Memory, Video Card, System Drive, Mac Addresses)
- Disk details (Media Type, Model, Serial number, Number of partitions, Media type, Interface/Bus Type, Operational status, Health status, Firmware version, BitLocker key)
Q: Can additional information about a device be displayed in the Atera console?
A: No, currently there is no built-in feature to display additional information about devices in the Atera console. However, you can utilize .bat, .ps1, and .sh scripts to extract and retrieve additional information. Feel free to explore our articles on running and creating scripts within Atera for more details.
Q: Are periodic updates provided for the Atera agent?
A: Absolutely, the Atera agent undergoes automatic periodic updates, requiring no actions on your part. These updates aim to enhance both the functionality and security of the agent.
Q: How do I uninstall the Atera agent from end users' devices?
A: There are several methods available to uninstall the Atera agent from your devices. You can directly uninstall it from the Atera console, utilize scripts, uninstall it locally from the Control Panel on the device, or leverage GPO if the devices are part of an Active Directory Domain. Please refer to our articles for comprehensive instructions on uninstalling the Atera agent from your devices.
Q: Which OS user account does the Atera agent use for its commands and features?
A: The Atera agent operates under the SYSTEM account. The SYSTEM account is a built-in user account utilized by the Windows operating system and various services. It possesses elevated privileges and permissions, granting it access to system resources and enabling it to execute crucial tasks on behalf of the Atera agent.
Q: Can the Atera agent run under a local user account?
A: No, the Atera agent cannot run under a local user account. The Atera agent requires administrative privileges and runs under the SYSTEM account, which is a built-in account used by the operating system and various services. Running the agent under a local user account is not supported.
Q: How secure is the Atera agent?
A: The Atera agent is designed with a strong emphasis on security. To learn more about the security measures implemented in Atera and the Atera agent, please check our Trust page.
Q: How many resources does the Atera Agent use for Windows devices?
A: When the agent is idle or not actively used, it typically consumes very little RAM, usually between 10-50 MB. Even when the agent is actively monitoring and performing tasks, RAM usage remains relatively low, and it may peak at around 250 MB in some cases for short durations of time.
Similar to RAM, the CPU usage of the Atera Agent is minimal. When idle, it consumes almost no CPU resources, with CPU usage hovering around 0% to 1%. During more intensive tasks, CPU usage can increase slightly, reaching 1% to 3%. Please note that the CPU consumption also heavily depends on the CPU used on the device, low-end CPUs might go above the mentioned usage, while high-end CPUs will have lower usage.
Q: How many resources does the Atera Agent use for Mac and Linux devices?
A: The Atera Agent for Mac and Linux devices is designed to be lightweight and has minimal resource consumption. When the agent is idle or not actively used, it typically consumes very little RAM, usually around 50 MB.
Similar to RAM, the CPU usage of the Atera Agent is minimal. When idle, it consumes nearly no CPU resources, with CPU usage typically hovering between 0% to 3%.