Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike, Installation via Munki & SCCM

Endpoint Services-specific information about installing CrowdStrike via Munki and SCCM.


System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch
Munki Mac Endpoint Management

Affected Customers

University of Illinois IT Pros leveraging Technology Services CrowdStrike

University of Illinois IT Pros leveraging Technology Services Endpoint Service SCCM Current Branch and/or Munki Mac Endpoint Management systems.

Note: Best practice is to only use Endpoint Services systems for onboarding/offboarding endpoints into CrowdStrike.
Sensor updates should be managed from within the CrowdStrike console.


General Information

Technology Services offers the CrowdStrike Falcon endpoint protection system to the Urbana-Champaign campus. The EPS SCCM and Munki services both offer installers.

Manual installations and additional install parameters are covered in the knowledgebase article, Endpoint Services, CrowdStrike, Manual Installation and Uninstallation.

Using SCCM to Deploy CrowdStrike

Additional information on CrowdStrike management models can be found here.

For SCCM stakeholders utilizing the Community management model:
Deploy CrowdStrike using a package found at “\Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Applications\MANAGED APPLICATIONS\CrowdStrike\*”.

For SCCM stakeholders utilizing the Organizational management model:
Due to the requirement of providing a unique customer ID checksum ("CCID" or "CID") for your unit's specific CrowdStrike instance at the time of installation, EPS cannot package a global installer that will work out-of-the-box for organizational instances. Instead, IT Pros can copy the Community installer to their unit's folder within SCCM and modify the deployment type to include their unique CCID.

SCCM CrowdStrike Deployment Type Window

Using Munki to Deploy CrowdStrike

macOS CrowdStrike deployments include a) the CrowdStrike base installer and b) a unit-specific license package. EPS provides the base installer at the UIUC repository level, but due to the fact that each unit has a unique customer ID checksum ("CCID" or "CID") for their specific CrowdStrike instance, units will be required to create their own license package. This should generally be a one-time task with which EPS can assist during initial provisioning into CrowdStrike. The unit license should be made an update for the base installer.

Steps to deploy CrowdStrike via Munki:

  1. Add crowdstrike_falcon to the Managed Installs (or Optional Installs) section of your unit's Munki manifest(s), and run Managed Software Center. The installation will require a restart.
  2. On macOS 10.13.4 and above: after the restart, log in and follow the prompts to approve and load the CrowdStrike kernel extension. (This step won't be necessary if the Mac is enrolled in Workspace ONE and has already received the kext.crowdstrike profile.)
  3. On macOS 10.15, in addition to the above step, you will also need to grant full disk access in order for CrowdStrike to function properly. See our KB article for instructions.
  4. Run Managed Software Center again to install the unit license; no restart is required this time.

Keywords:eps crowdstrike mtm munki sccm endpoint techs-eps-mtm techs-eps-sccm falcon techs-eps-crowdstrike   Doc ID:93940
Owner:EPS Distribution List .Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2019-08-19 10:58 CSTUpdated:2019-11-12 10:47 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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