jaalstead
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FlexNet Agent on Mac OS

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We recently purchased a couple Mac laptops and would like to install the FlexNet agent on them. I know we had some issues when we first tried this back in 2015, but maybe things have changed. I have a couple questions I'm hoping someone can help with:

Does the agent require root level authority in order to run?

If not, what are the steps to install the agent on a Mac so that it runs an inventory and reports back to the beacon?

Thanks,
Jason

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tbesse
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Hello,

The Gathering Inventory guide in Flexera Helpnet has all the details you need:
https://helpnet.flexerasoftware.com/fnms2019r1/EN/WebHelp/PDF%20Documents/On-Prem/GatheringFlexNetIn...

There are lots of references to the Mac version in the doc, it is basically only a flavour of our UNIX & Linux agent. I recommend you have a look at the doc and search for Mac OS in there, then skip through the list of results. 

On the -NIX platforms sudo or root privileges are required to perform the kind of introspection the agent is executing. In this the Mac agent is no different from the other -NIX versions.

Best regards
Thorsten

Senior Solution Architect in the SE team
(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera)

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tbesse
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Hello,

The Gathering Inventory guide in Flexera Helpnet has all the details you need:
https://helpnet.flexerasoftware.com/fnms2019r1/EN/WebHelp/PDF%20Documents/On-Prem/GatheringFlexNetIn...

There are lots of references to the Mac version in the doc, it is basically only a flavour of our UNIX & Linux agent. I recommend you have a look at the doc and search for Mac OS in there, then skip through the list of results. 

On the -NIX platforms sudo or root privileges are required to perform the kind of introspection the agent is executing. In this the Mac agent is no different from the other -NIX versions.

Best regards
Thorsten

Senior Solution Architect in the SE team
(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera)

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AlexRez
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Hi

The FlexNet agent requires root-level authority. 

The FlexNet inventory agent must run as root to install and run its services on the local device.
The security settings for subdirectories of /opt/managesoft:
• The lib and libexec folders are completely locked down to root only.
• The bin folder is open to all, to allow easy access to the path of the executables in the folder when using privilege escalation tools like sudo.
• The executables in the bin folder are locked down to root only.
• documentation and software tag are readable by all.
The /var/opt/managesoft directory is only accessible by root.