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Defender for Servers 2016

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Im working with a team of Server Admins who are unable to install the Windows Defender on Win Server 2016 machines, as the image they were built upon was customized and the Windows Defender role is not available for install via the server roles.


Is there a stand alone installer available for this, or documented series of steps for install.


Thank You

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Hi @mike412 

What do you mean by "role is not available for install via the server roles"? Did you try to install it via PowerShell?


Install-WindowsFeature -Name Windows-Defender


No, @MatejKlemencic that was not tried, or aleast as far as I know.  Im not certain this would work as the servers were built, on a custom image that excluded win defender

@mike412Could you specify the error message you're getting during installation? To my knowledge, these two options (GUI or PowerShell) are the only available methods for installing Windows Defender on Windows Server 2016 and later versions.