Windows hosts

To register the Windows Agent, you need to start a Powershell as Administrator. The installation directory of the Wazuh agent in Windows host depends on the architecture of the host.

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent for x86_64 hosts.

  • C:\Program Files\ossec-agent for x64 hosts.

This guide suppose that the Wazuh agent is installed in a x86_64 host, so the installation path will be: C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent.

  1. Add the agent to the manager.

1.1 If your Wazuh API is running over HTTPS and it is using a self-signed certificate, you need to execute this function in your Powershell:

> function Ignore-SelfSignedCerts {
    add-type @"
        using System.Net;
        using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;
        public class PolicyCert : ICertificatePolicy {
            public PolicyCert() {}
            public bool CheckValidationResult(
                ServicePoint sPoint, X509Certificate cert,
                WebRequest wRequest, int certProb) {
                return true;
    [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::CertificatePolicy = new-object PolicyCert
    [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12;

> Ignore-SelfSignedCerts

Use Invoke-WebRequest to execute the Wazuh API request to register the Wazuh agent.

# $base64AuthInfo = [Convert]::ToBase64String([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes(("{0}:{1}" -f api_username, api_password)))
# Invoke-WebRequest -Headers @{Authorization=("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)} -Method POST -Uri -Body @{name=windows_agent} | ConvertFrom-Json

This will return the ID of the Wazuh agent.

  1. Extract the Wazuh agent key using the Wazuh API. In this case, we will assume that the Wazuh agent ID is 001:

# Invoke-WebRequest -Headers @{Authorization=("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)} -Method GET -Uri | ConvertFrom-Json
  "error": 0,
  "data": {
      "id": "001",
  1. Import the key using manage_agents:

# 'C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent\manage_agents' -i MDAxIG1hY29zLW1vamF2ZSBhbnkgZjcwMTI0MjQ5NDMwNzA3N2IyN2NlZjRmZDQ1NzlmYzkwYzcyMzcyZDMxMTM5ZTBkZjZiYzdmODMyODBjZjA4YQ
Agent information:
   IP Address:any

Confirm adding it?(y/n): y
  1. Edit the Wazuh agent configuration to add the Wazuh server IP address.

In the file C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent\ossec.conf, in the <client><server> section, change the MANAGER_IP value to the Wazuh server address:

  1. Start the agent.

    1. Using Powershell with administrator access:

      # Restart-Service -Name wazuh
    2. Using Windows cmd with administrator access:

      # net stop wazuh
      # net start wazuh