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Distributing Cato Clients to Devices

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The Cato Client in installed on the end-users' device and connects to the Cato Cloud to provide secure granular, policy-based remote access.

Overview of the Cato Client

The Client is Cato's software that lets users access their organization’s data and applications with Cato's global private backbone, the Cato Cloud. The Client automatically connects to the optimal Cato PoP, the traffic is inspected by all the relevant security services for the account before reaching the destination.

  • Windows

  • macOS

  • Linux

  • iOS

  • Android and Chromebook

SDP User Licenses for the Cato Client

Each SDP user requires a separate SDP license to use the Client to connect to the network. When a user is disabled, that user is not assigned an SDP user license and you can assign that license to a different user. Disabled users can't use the Client to connect to the network. For more information about SDP licenses, see Working with Cato License Types.

Installing the Client on Devices for SDP Users

Cato supports manually installing the Client on devices and also managed deployment solutions. End-users can install the Client manually on individual devices or you can use your organization’s device management mechanism to deploy the Client. Admin permissions on the device are required to install the Client.

You have the account option to automatically send an invitation email to new users with the account name, SDP user name, and a link to the Cato User Portal.

Installing the Client Using a Managed Deployment Solution

You can use managed solutions (such as Group Policy (GPO) or an MDM) to deploy the Client to devices in your organization. Add the Client install file to the solution and then deploy it to the relevant users.

For more information about deploying the Client with managed solutions see:

Manually Installing the Client

End-users can log in to the Cato User Portal and download the newest Client version and then install it on the device. For iOS and Android devices, the Clients are available to download from the App Store and Google Play Store.

For the initial login to the portal, end-users need to know the account name, and the email address (SDP user name) that was used to create the account. If your account is configured to send invitation emails, the email contains the relevant login information and a link to the portal.

For more information about installing the Client, see the relevant documentation for the Client OS, Installation Guides for Cato Clients.

For more information about downloading the installation file for the Windows, macOS, and Linux Clients, see How Can I Download the Cato Client?.

Preparing to Install the Cato Clients on Devices

Cato recommends that you test the Client on all the computers and devices that require remote access in your organization. This lets you discover and resolve any issues related to the Client before it is fully deployed to all end-users.

Make sure that you review the prerequisites and the files and processes to allowlist in this article, Installing the Cato Client.

Installing the Cato Certificate on Devices

Several Cato features require that the Cato certificate is installed on devices as a root certificate.

For more information about installing the Cato certificate on a device, see the articles in this section, Cato Certificate.

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