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You can use the _Deploy Agent Software_ feature to install the Agent software via the Backup Manager interface. This feature is available directly from the _Protected Machines_ page in the *Actions* menu for a protected machine.

The _Deploy Agent_ feature remotely deploys the Agent to a Linux Server and authorizes the current Backup Manager. You can select *Deploy Agent Software* in the *Actions* menu for a protected machine if at least one machine has been added and the machine does not already have the Agent installed.

{info:title=Note}You can also deploy the agent software when adding a protected machine on the New Machine page by selecting the *Deploy agent software now* check box. [Click here|ServerBackupManager:Backup Now] for more information.{info}
Users who have Debian installations should note that a Debian-based machine that has both RPM and DEB packages installed is recognized as RPM-based only by Server Backup Manager.


Follow the instructions below to deploy an Agent from your Backup Manager.

1. Click *Protected Machines* in the Main Menu to access the _Protected Machines_ page. All existing machines will display on this page.

2. Click the *Actions* icon for a protected machine and select *Deploy Agent Software*. !Protected Machines - Deploy Agent Software.png|border=1!

3. The _Remote Agent Deployment_ window displays.

In the *Username* and *Password* fields, enter the username of an administrative user with access to install the Agent software on the target machine, and then enter their password. (Linux machines do not require a reboot, so you can ignore the "Reboot Windows servers after deployment" check box.) 

!Remote Agent Deployment window.png|border=1!

4. In the _Advanced Options_ section, select one of the following options:
* *Default Configuration*. On Windows, the user's temp directory is used to store the installers by default. We use */*{*}tmp* to store the installers by default. If the directory doesn't exist or doesn't have enough space, the user's home directory will be used to copy the installers. The port number is not required for Windows deployments. The default port used for connecting to a Linux machine is 22.  
* *Custom Configuration*. Select this option to use a custom configuration for the deployment and make entries in the following fields:
** *Connect Using Port*. If you are connecting to a Linux machine, enter the port number that will be used to connect to the target machine. The port number is not required for Windows deployments.
** *Temporary Path*. The temporary path is where we store installers during deployment. The path should be absolute and already exist. If there is not enough space available to store the installers, the deployment will fail.

5. Click the *Deploy Agent* button to continue.

The deployment process will begin. The _Details for Remote Agent Deployment_ window displays the report. !Details for Remote Agent Deployment.png|border=1!
You can see the result of this task in the Task History. See [ServerBackup:Access task history].

6. When the deployment process is complete, you can confirm the Agent was deployed on the _Protected Machines_ page. Click the _Actions_ icon for the protected machine and select *Test Agent Connection*.

!Protected Machines - Actions menu - Test agent connection.png!
The _Communicating with Agent_ window displays, where the status of the Agent can be reviewed.

!Test Agent Connection.png|border=1!

Proceed to the next step:
* [Run policies]

{excerpt:hidden=true}Instructions on how to deploy a Backup Agent to a protected machine.{excerpt}