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How To Setup Remote Management Of Linux Devices With SureMDM

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SureMDM solution supports remote management of Linux devices. You can remotely install apps, create/delete directories, remotely transfer files and perform various file operations of the device itself.

Steps to setup remote management of Linux devices

To set up SureMDM on your Linux device is very easy. Make sure your Linux device has following configurations and follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Open jdk 7 or above
  • Oracle jdk 7 or above
  • JDK/JRE 9

Note: SureMDM will work on all Linux versions and has been validated on Ubuntu version 15.04 onwards (32-bit or 64-bit) and Fedora version 15 onwards (32-bit or 64-bit).


1. Download SureMDM Nix Agent.

wget https://suremdm.42gears.com/nix/nix.tar.gz

2. Execute following command to extract tar file:

$ tar -xvzf nix.tar.gz

3. Execute following command to go to nix folder and grant execute permissions to the file installnix.sh:

sudo chmod +x nix/installnix.sh

4. Execute following command to install SureMDM Nix Agent.

sudo  nix/installnix.sh

5. Provide Account ID.

6. SureMDM Nix Agent will be installed on the Linux machine.

7. Once done, login to SureMDM Web Console which will have the Linux machine listed under Device List section and ready to be remotely managed.

Helpful commands

  • To check SureMDM Nix Agent’s service status, use following command:
sudo service nix status
  • To start/stop/restart nix service use the commands:
sudo service nix start
sudo service nix stop
sudo service nix restart
  • To view nix logs, use following command:
cat /var/log/syslog | grep nix

Steps to change SureMDM Nix Agent configuration

1. Execute following command:

sudo vim /usr/share/java/nix/nix.conf

2. Edit the configuration.

3. Save and exit from vim editor by pressing Exit and enter :wq

4. Restart SureMDM Nix Agent once changes are made and saved.

Linux based mobile devices can be reliable, secure, dependable yet cost effective platforms for businesses to expand their mobility strategies, if used with comprehensive MDM solution like SureMDM. Give it a try! Register for a free trial here to explore what more you can do with your Linux devices.

Updated on July 16, 2020

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