Install McAfee Agent in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure mode

McAfee Agent Global Unique Identifier (GUID) is a random value used specifically by McAfee ePO and is created when the agent is installed on a managed system.

If a new McAfee Agent GUID is created every time a virtual image or a system is started, it results in duplication of GUID. Installing McAfee Agent in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) mode can avoid duplication of GUID.

Installing McAfee Agent in VDI mode deprovisions the virtual image or the system every time it shuts down. This enables McAfee ePO to save the deprovisioned McAfee Agent in its database. Once deprovisioned in the database, McAfee Agent is not displayed on McAfee ePO console.


  1. Select MenuSystemsSystem Tree, then select New Systems.
  2. Next to How to add systems, select Create and download agent installation package.
  3. Select Agent version.
  4. Select or deselect Embed Credentials in Package. If selected, type the appropriate Credentials for agent installation.
    If you want these credentials to be remembered the next time you complete this task, click Remember my credentials for future deployments.
  5. If you want the deployment to use a specific Agent Handler, select it from the drop-down list. If not, select All Agent Handlers.
  6. Click OK to generate the Agent Deployment URL.
  7. Download McAfee Agent and copy the installer on the virtual image.
  8. Run the following command to install McAfee Agent in VDI mode:
    McAfeeSmartInstaller.exe -v
  9. To verify if McAfee Agent was installed in VDI mode, select MenuSystemsSystem Tree, then select the system. The System Information page displays the properties of the client system reported by McAfee Agent. The value of the system property VDI should be Yes.


McAfee Agent starts the agent-server communication and enforces all policies and tasks as configured on McAfee ePO.