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Basic Agent Troubleshooting & Checking Agent Status

Partners often ask what the basic first steps they can take to troubleshooting the Huntress agent are. While issues with our agent are edge case scenarios, here are some first steps you can take to verify the agent is running and functioning as intended. 

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Checking the Task Manager for the Huntress Agent Service
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Checking the Services Manager for the Huntress Agent Service
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Checking the Huntress Agent log file

The Huntress Windows Services are:

Huntress Agent Service (HuntressAgent)  
Huntress Updater Service (HuntressUpdater)

Checking the Task Manager for the Huntress Agent Service

This one is very simple! Huntress consists of two services that should be running at all times, HuntressAgent.exe and HuntressUpdater.exe. 

  1. Open the Windows Task Manager (taskmgr.exe) as admin and view processes from all users. 
  2. Check for both of the running processes for Huntress:

Checking the Services Manager for the Huntress Agent Service

  1. First, check the Windows Services Manager (services.msc) to ensure the Huntress Agent and Huntress Updater services are present, have a Status of Running, and have a Startup Type of Automatic. If they are not running, start the service(s) and verify that they started and are still running. Sometimes restarting the services fixes an issue. You can see logs related to the agent starting and stopping in the Windows Event Viewer. 

If either or both of the services fail to start, check the Windows Event Logs to rule out problems with other systems. Then, please uninstall and reinstall the Huntress Agent

Checking the Huntress Agent log file

If the services have been restarted and the agent is still not checking in, the Huntress Agent log should provide details as to a possible cause. The Huntress Agent log can be found within the following directory:
  1. Navigate to %PROGRAMFILES%\Huntress (e.g., C:\Program Files\Huntress) using Windows Explorer.
  2. Open the HuntressAgent.log file with a text editor such as WordPad (write.exe). If opened with Notepad, the contents may run together because of the line endings. 
  3. You should see messages like the following:

    time="2020-03-25T09:11:56-05:00" level=info msg="Huntress Agent initialized; agent version: 0.10.66"
    time="2020-03-25T09:16:09-05:00" level=info msg="HTTP heartbeat check"
    time="2020-03-25T09:16:10-05:00" level=info msg="HTTP heartbeat status: 201; server: nginx/1.16.1"<br>
    	
  4. There may be errors in this log file pertaining to common issues, such as TLS Inspection/Certificate Inspection. Huntress support may ask you to send this file when diagnosing certain issues. 

Further questions/issues?

If you still need help, please use the "Contact Us" button below, or send an email to our help desk at support@huntress.io. Please attach any logs you may have to help troubleshoot.

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