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What is MDE

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

Microsoft defender for endpoint formerly known as Defender ATP ( Advanced Threat Protection ) in this article I will be explaining briefly what is made and the minimum requirements like licensing, supported OS, etc..!

MDE which was formerly known as defender ATP is a Microsoft security product for preventing, detecting, and automating the investigation and responding to advanced threats on endpoints.

License Requirements

To use Microsoft defender you need a minimum of one license

  1. Windows 10 Enterprise E5

  2. Windows 10 Education A5

  3. Microsoft 365 E5 (M365 E5) which includes Windows 10 Enterprise E5

  4. Microsoft 365 A5 (M365 A5)

  5. Microsoft 365 E5 Security

  6. Microsoft 365 A5 Security

MDE for servers requires anyone from the below for servers

  1. Azure Security Center with Azure defender Enabled

  2. Microsoft defender for Endpoint for Server License

What are the system requirements or OS supported by MDE

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint will run on the following Windows platforms

  1. Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise (Requires ESU (Extended Security Update) for support.)

  2. Windows 7 SP1 Pro (Requires ESU (Extended Security Update) for support.)

  3. Windows 8.1 Enterprise

  4. Windows 8.1 Pro

  5. Windows 10 Enterprise

  6. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2016 (or later)

  7. Windows 10 Education

  8. Windows 10 Pro

  9. Windows 10 Pro Education

  10. Windows server

  11. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  12. Windows Server 2012 R2

  13. Windows Server 2016

  14. Windows Server, version 1803 or later

  15. Windows Server 2019

  16. Windows Virtual Desktop

* Unfortunately Windows mobile OS is not supported

Other supported Operating systems are


  1. Mobile phones running Android 6.0 are supported

  2. Tables and other mobile devices running Android are not currently supported


  1. iOS device running iOS 11.0 and above.

  2. iPad devices are officially supported from version 1.1.15010101 onward


Supported Linux server distributions and x64 (AMD64/EM64T) versions:

  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 or higher

  2. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 or higher

  3. CentOS 7.2 or higher

  4. CentOS 6.7 or higher

  5. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or higher LTS

  6. Debian 9 or higher

  7. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 or higher

  8. Oracle Linux 7.2 or higher

  9. Amazon Linux 2

  10. Fedora 33 or higher

Prerequisites for Linux

  1. Minimum kernel version 3.10.0-327

  2. The fanotify kernel option must be enabled ( Fanotify is a file access notification system built-in on many common Linux kernels. This kernel feature allows Defender Anti-Virus to scan files on-access and, if necessary, block access to threats)

  3. Disk space: 1 GB

  4. /opt/Microsoft/mdatp/sbin/wdavdaemon requires executable permission. For more information, see “Ensure that the daemon has executable permission”

  5. Cores: 2 minimum, 4 preferred

  6. Memory: 1 GB minimum, 4 preferred


  1. 10.14 (Mojave)

  2. 10.15 (Catalina)

  3. 11 (Big Sur)

Prerequisites for macOS

  1. Disk Space: 1GB

  2. Beta version of macOS is not supported

  3. macOS devices with M1 processors are not supported

How to Setup MDE portal

This i just an initial configuration of the portal

Access the portal using the link this will navigate to the Welcome page tap on next to set up preferences

Select the options as required, here I had selected the US as my location for Data Storage and 180 days as the Retention Period, once you tap on next this will ask for confirmation tap on continue, and this will create the account.

Once created it will take to Microsoft Defender Home Page

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