McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac Trial Installation & Walkthrough

McAfee security is suite-based and offers enhanced security for your Mac. In addition to anti-virus, it includes anti-spyware, desktop firewall, and application protection features. McAfee security integrates with your Mac OS and works in real time to detect malware. It scans files, folders, local or network mounted volumes, and other items for potentially unwanted code, and notifies you in case of malware detections. Scanning takes place every time you create or access an item. You can also schedule scans to run immediately, at a particular time, or at regular intervals. Central to your McAfee software are the McAfee security scanning engine and malware definition files (.DATs). The engine is a complex data analyzer. It identifies the type of item being scanned and decodes the content of that object to understand what the item is. It then scans items on your Mac, comparing them with all known signatures stored in the .DAT files.

Additionally, you can configure application protection rules to prevent unwanted applications from executing or from accessing the incoming and/or outgoing network connections. For example, you can set rules so that the iTunes application can be launched (executed) and used for recreational purposes but cannot be used to access the Internet for downloading music. You can also specify path-based application exclusions to exclude applications from these rules. McAfee also monitors network communications and allows or denies access to specific networks, hosts, or IP addresses based on the firewall rules you configure. You can also specify trusted networks in groups to exclude them from these rules. During the EASI installation of this McAfee endpoint suite, the Security for Mac client and associated management files were checked into your McAfee ePO server. A deployment task was automatically created for you as well. To learn more about Endpoint Protection for Mac features, please download the data sheet.


Trial Installation Requirements

The McAfee Agent for Mac
Before you can utilize Endpoint Protection for Mac, you will need to deploy the McAfee Agent for Mac to provide communication with the McAfee ePO server. On most Mac systems, the agent can be installed manually using an installation script (install.sh) which McAfee ePO created during installation. The agent can also be pushed from McAfee ePO to Mac clients. Once the agent is in place on client systems, you can run the deployment task to install the software and schedule updates and scans.

Manual Installation of the McAfee Agent
The install script (install.sh) for the McAfee Agent for Macintosh is in the following directory on the McAfee ePO server:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\ePolicy Orchestrator\DB\Software\Current\EPOAGENT3700MACX\Install\0409
  • Instructions for manual installation of the Agent are in the McAfee Agent 4.8 Product Guide.

McAfee Agent Deployment via ePO
The following operating systems support deploying the McAfee Agent from ePolicy Orchestrator:

  • Apple Macintosh OS/X versions 10.5 (Leopard) and later

Note: Enable SSH on the Mac systems before installing agent from McAfee ePO.

  1. Click Menu | Systems | System Tree, then select the group to which you wish to deploy the agent.
  2. Click Actions | Agent | Deploy Agents.
  3. Select the appropriate Agent version drop-down list given the target operating system, and select an agent version from that list.
    You can only install one version of the agent onto one type of operating system with this task. If you need to install on multiple operating systems or versions, repeat this task for each additional target operating system or version.
  4. Select Install only on systems that do not already have an agent managed by this ePO server.
  5. Type valid credentials in the User name, Password, and Confirm password fields.
  6. If you want these entries to be the default for future deployments, select Remember my credentials for future deployments.
  7. If you do not want the defaults, enter appropriate values into the Number of attempts, Retry interval, and Abort after options.

Deploying Endpoint Protection for Mac
In this section, you will assign the deployment task for your Macs.

  1. Click the System Tree button, select the group containing your Mac systems, and then click Assigned Client Tasks.
  2. Click Actions, then click New Client Task Assignment.
  3. Under Product, select McAfee Agent.
  4. Under Task Type, select Product Deployment.
  5. Under Task Name, select the POC - Deploy Endpoint Protection for Mac, and then click Next.
  6. On the Schedule page, set the following options:
    1. Schedule status Enabled
    2. Schedule type Run Immediately
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Summary page, click Save.

Clients will retrieve and run this task the next time they poll the server and install protection for Mac.