Before we start a little disclaimer
: this is posted as-is, it's not something I did using Fortinet's official documentation (AFAIK, there isn't any about the DC Agent installer), nor supported by Fortinet. Use at your own risk.
This was tested on a lab environment with Windows Server 2016
and FSSO 5.0.0254
In a few days, I have to upgrade a customer's FSSO infrastructure
and found that there's no method for upgrading the DC Agents on the domain controllers
. I can uninstall/reinstall using the collector, or upgrade via RDP/console using manual installation.
It wouldn't be a problem, but they have 31 DCs
So, reading some stuff about MSI files, checking installation logs, and some inspection using lessmsi
I managed to do an unattended upgrade.
Hands to work:
What we need
- sysinternal's psexec.
- the DC Agent installer found in Fortinet's support website, the EXE version, the MSI won't work (and I didn't have the time to figure out why).
- domain admin logged in a computer that's a member of the domain. (you can do this with a computer that is not member of the domain, using "NET USE", but I won't cover this here).
- upgrade the collector first.
Extract the MSI file
- run the DC agent installer, up to the Fortinet Single Sign On DC Agent vX.X.XXX Setup screen, and don't go further.
- go to the temp folder (Windows + R, "%temp%" will do the trick) and locate a folder with a GUID-like name, look for the dcagentsetup.msi -or dcagentsetup64.msi- and copy that file to a location reachable by the DC you're going to upgrade (I'd suggest a network share, but you can copy it to each DC's C$ admin share). note that you can save this installer for other customers too, what we did here is just extract the .MSI inside the setup file.
- abort the installation.
For each DC
- run the command "psexec \\DC-s msiexec /i \\SERVER\SHARE\dcagentsetup64.msi /qn /forcerestart REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=vomus"
- after a while, you'll see this "error" message "msiexec exited on DC with error code 1641", code 1641 is "ERROR_SUCCESS_REBOOT_INITIATED"
- once rebooted, the DC agent upgrade is completed.
it in a lab
with Windows Server 2016
and FSSO 184.108.40.206, upgrading to 5.0.0271
. It worked, and it mantained the settings (CA list, ignore list, etc.) after the upgrade.
- This can be used for the initial install of the DC Agents, it's kinda usesless because the Collector doest this for you but, just in case, you can add COLLECTORAGENTLIST="COL_1;COL_2;COL_N" IGNORELIST="IGNORE_1;IGNORE_2;IGNORE_N" to the command line and it will create -or overwrite- the configuration.
- If you're feeling really lucky -or willing to play the russian roulette ;) -, you may pass a DC list to psexec using @, more info at: https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/1812-deploy-msi-files-using-psexec.
It's possible that we can further optimize this process, suggestions are welcome :)
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina