Installing Plugin Portal

The Plugin Portal provides the server infrastructure for the MCM technology delivered in BigFix 10.

Modern Client Management requires the Plugin Portal and one or more MDM plugins to be installed in the Plugin Portal.

Prerequisites for installing the Plugin Portal
On the computers that you intend to install the Plugin Portal on, install these applications:
  • BigFix client, Version 10.0 or later
  • MongoDB Version 4.2.3 or later
Installing the Plugin Portal

To install the Plugin Portal as a service on a BigFix client, run the latest Install BigFix Plugin Portal fixlet version available in the BES Support site. This task installs the BigFix Plugin Portal on the selected targets.

For instructions on Plugin Portal installation and base configuration, see Platform documentation.

The Plugin Portal is typically installed in the following directories:
  • Windows:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\BigFix Enterprise\BES Plugin Portal
  • Linux:
    • /var/opt/BESPluginPortal
    • /opt/BESPluginPortal
  • You might have several Plugin Portals in your environment; but on a specific target computer, you must have only one.
  • You can have only one Windows MDM plugin and one Apple or macOS MDM plugin in an MDM deployment. Therefore, if you are using two Plugin Portals, for example, each Plugin Portal can contain only one MDM Plugin (Windows or macOS).

The Plugin Portal needs an MDM Plugin to work for MCM. The MDM Plugin installation Tasks become relevant only if there is a valid Plugin Portal present on the system. The local BES Client evaluates the Tasks periodically to check if they become relevant.