Planning the Tanium Client deployment

Deploying the Tanium Client to your enterprise computers, and integrating the deployment into your standard IT processes, involves multiple phases. Each phase involves various tools and options. Contact Tanium Support for details about these options.

Review the following best practices for each phase.


Pilots usually target fewer than 5,000 endpoints. As a best practice during your pilot, test deploying the Tanium Client with the standard software package deployment tool of your organization. The available deployment tools are as follows:

Initial deployment

After the pilot, an initial deployment into your enterprise might target 500,000 endpoints or more, and the deployment might reach across data center, headquarter, and branch locations. As a best practice, use the standard application package deployment tools that your IT organization and end users are already familiar with for the initial rollout. If your organization does not have an existing deployment tool, use the Tanium Client Management module.

Onboarding new computers

Plan to integrate the Tanium Client installation into your standard build processes for new computers, such as Microsoft Deployment Toolkit task sequences. You can install the client within the reference OS images that are used to provision new computers and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) instances. When a new computer boots for the first time, the Tanium Client starts and registers with the Tanium Server. For details, see Preparing the Tanium Client on OS images.

Continuous hygiene

After the initial rollout, establish policies and procedures to enforce the use of the Tanium Client on endpoints in your enterprise network. Many organizations use AD computer startup scripts to ensure that the Tanium Client is installed and that the Tanium Client service is started. Contact Tanium Support for details.

Use the Taniumâ„¢ Discover module to scan for previously unmanaged or even unknown endpoints. See the Tanium Discover User Guide for details.