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Windows 10 WSL2 Obkio Agent

Starting with Windows 10 Version 2004 (or the May 2020 Update) released on May 27 2020, it is now possible to install the Obkio Agent on a Windows 10 computer. This is now possible because of the new WSL2 (Windows System for Linux version 2) that runs a real Linux Kernel Image delivered by Microsoft. Learn more about the WSL2 changes on Network Monitoring for Windows with WSL 2.

Windows Update

The first thing to do is to make sure you have a version of Windows 10 that supports WSL 2. WSL version 1 is not supported by the Obkio Agent. Check your Windows version by selecting the Windows logo key + R, type winver, select OK. (Or enter the ver command in Windows Command Prompt). Please update to the latest Windows version if your build is lower than 19041.

Also, Virtualization must be enabled in the computer BIOS to be able to use WSL2.

Install and Update WSL

Before installing the Obkio Agent on Windows 10, you must enable the WSL optional feature. Open PowerShell as Administrator and run:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

Restart your machine to complete the WSL install.

Run the following command in Powershell to set WSL 2 as the default version when installing a new Linux distribution:

wsl --set-default-version 2

Learn more about WSL2 Installation at Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10.

Obkio Agent Installation from the Microsoft Store

The recommended procedure to install the Obkio Agent is by using the Microsoft Store Obkio Agent listing. Search for Obkio Agent in the store search bar to find it.

Configure the Agent ID

Once it is installed, click the LAUNCH button to configure the Obkio Agent. At this point, you will need your Agent ID.

The Agent ID is available in the Obkio App. If you have not signed up yet, go to the Sign Up page for a free 14-day trial.

To create a new Agent and get the Agent ID, follow the steps in this short video:

Automatically, the Obkio Agent will launch at Start Up. This can be changed in the Task Manager -> Startup tab.


The Windows 10 Obkio Agent does not support incoming connections due to WSL restrictions. This means it must be the Generator in the monitoring sessions and not the Reflector. Visit Agent Connectivity Configuration for more details.

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