F-Prot Antivirus software comes in two flavors, one version that updates via the Internet, and one that updates over a LAN for corporate installations. Over the LAN updates do not require a subscription key, while Internet updating machines do.
We have many users that never again connect to the corporate network once their laptops are initially configured, so those machines must update their virus definition files over the Internet – which requires a subscription key.
According to F-Prot’s 6.x forums, an automated rollout of version 6.x cannot include the subscription key without utilizing additional software – it must be entered manually, post-install, or you must script it using AutoIT. This is not acceptable to me, since we push all our apps to new machines out via Zenworks.
I contacted F-Prot technical support, and they confirmed there is “no way” (their words, not mine) to include the subscription key in an automated deployment. Luckily for me, I found this single, solitary post describing how to perform automated F-prot deployments that include the subscription key!
The secret is to add the following registry key post-installation via reg.exe. I did it through a simple .bat file:
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce /v “FProt Tray” /d “%ProgramFiles%\FRISK Software\F-PROT Antivirus for Windows\FProtTray.exe /install_sequence key=\”XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXX\” name=\”\” email=\”\”"
This solution worked great, just replace the “xxxxx…” with your valid subscription key.