Windows agents

To register the Windows Agent, you need to start a CMD or 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.

After that, you can register the agent using agent-auth.exe:

  1. Copy the CA (.pem file) to the C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent folder and run the agent-auth program:
# cp rootCA.pem C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent
# C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent\agent-auth.exe -m -v C:\Program Files (x86)\ossec-agent\rootCA.pem


Note that this method must include the -v option that indicates the location of the CA. If this option is not included, a warning message will be displayed and the connection will be established without verifying the manager.

  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