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Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux is now generally available!
Published Jun 23 2020 09:00 AM 102K Views


To meet our customers where they are and relieve customer challenges in managing multiple security solutions to protect their unique range of platforms and products, we have been working to extend the richness of Microsoft Defender ATP to non-Windows platforms. Today we are excited to announce general availability of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Linux!


Adding Linux into the existing selection of natively supported platforms by Microsoft Defender ATP marks an important moment for all our customers. It makes Microsoft Defender Security Center a truly unified surface for monitoring and managing security of the full spectrum of desktop and server platforms that are common across enterprise environments (Windows, Windows Server, macOS, and Linux).


Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux supports recent versions of the six most common Linux Server distributions:

  • RHEL 7.2+
  • CentOS Linux 7.2+
  • Ubuntu 16 LTS, or higher LTS
  • SLES 12+
  • Debian 9+
  • Oracle Linux 7.2

It can be deployed and configured using Puppet, Ansible, or using your existing Linux configuration management tool.


This initial release delivers strong preventive capabilities, a full command line experience on the client to configure and manage the agent, initiate scans, manage threats, and a familiar integrated experience for machines and alert monitoring in the Microsoft Defender Security Center.




We are just at the beginning of our Linux journey and we are not stopping here! We are committed to continuous expansion of our capabilities for Linux and will be bringing you enhancements in the coming months. We can’t wait for you to become part of our Linux journey and try out new capabilities as they become available. Make sure to turn on preview features in Microsoft Defender Security Center to get the latest updates before anyone else and stay tuned to our blog and Twitter channel for the latest announcements.



How to get started


Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux requires the Microsoft Defender ATP for Servers license. You can find this information in our product terms. Please reach out to your account team for more information and eligibility.


To get started, visit our documentation:

If you are already running Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux preview, make sure you update the agent to version 101.00.75 or higher.



If you’re not yet taking advantage of Microsoft’s industry leading security optics and detection capabilities for endpoints, sign up for a free trial of Microsoft Defender ATP today.



Microsoft Defender ATP team


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