Microsoft Defender for Endpoint – Red Hat Linux Manual Deployment

Note: This blog is in support of Microsoft for Endpoint (MDE, formerly MDATP) on Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL).

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System requirements: 

  • Linux server distributions and versions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 or higher. 
  • The fanotify kernel option must be enabled. 

Instructions to Prepare for MDE/MDATP Installation: 

1. Connect to the RedHat server using Putty. 

2. Install yum-utils if it isn't already installed:  

sudo yum install yum-utils
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo yum install yum-utils

3. Install the RedHat MDATP Channel.  

From a web browser go to to select your OS, version, and channel. 


4. I have RedHat Version 7.9 and chose the production channel 7.4 which is the highest version without going to the next major version. Copy the link with prod.repo to be included in the next step.  For example:

5. Install the Package.

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo yum-config-manager --add- repo= 

Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id 

adding repo from: 

grabbing file to /etc/yum.repos.d/prod.repo 

repo saved to /etc/yum.repos.d/prod.repo 

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ 

 6. Install the Microsoft GPG public key:

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo rpm --import

 7. Make all the metadata usable for the currently enabled yum repositories:  

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ yum makecacheLoaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos
(1/5): packages-microsoft-com-prod/primary_db        118 kB  00:00:00
(2/5): packages-microsoft-com-prod/other_db         7.2 kB  00:00:00
(3/5): packages-microsoft-com-prod/filelists_db       341 kB  00:00:00
(4/5): rhui-microsoft-azure-rhel7/filelists                    372 B  00:00:00
(5/5): rhui-microsoft-azure-rhel7/other                      254 B  00:00:00
rhui-microsoft-azure-rhel7      1/1 
rhui-microsoft-azure-rhel7      1/1 
rhui-microsoft-azure-rhel7      1/1 
Metadata Cache Created 
  1. Run install command 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo yum install mdatp 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos 
packages-microsoft-com-prod     | 3.0 kB  00:00:00 
packages-microsoft-com-prod/primary_db       118 kB  00:00:00 
Resolving Dependencies 
--> Running transaction check 
---> Package mdatp.x86_64 0:101.18.53-1 will be installed 
--> Processing Dependency: libatomic for package: mdatp-101.18.53-1.x86_64 
--> Running transaction check 
---> Package libatomic.x86_64 0:4.8.5-44.el7 will be installed 
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved 
Package  Repository                            Arch                    Size                                Version         
 mdatp                                               x86_64                     42 M                    101.18.53-1                             packages-microsoft-com-prod                                          
Installing for dependencies: 
libatomic                                           x86_64                      51 k                     4.8.5-44.el7                            rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-rpms                                             
Transaction Summary 
Install  1 Package (+1 Dependent package) 
Total download size: 42 M 
Installed size: 145 M 
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y 
Downloading packages: 
(1/2): libatomic-4.8.5-44.el7.x86_64.rpm    |  51 kB  00:00:00 
(2/2): mdatp_101.18.53.x86_64.rpm            |  42 MB  00:00:01 
Total                                                                                                                                                                                                        32 MB/s |  42 MB  00:00:01 
Running transaction check 
Running transaction test 
Transaction test succeeded 
Running transaction 
  Installing : libatomic-4.8.5-44.el7.x86_64    1/2 
  Installing : mdatp-101.18.53-1.x86_64         2/2 
  Verifying  : libatomic-4.8.5-44.el7.x86_64     1/2 
  Verifying  : mdatp-101.18.53-1.x86_64          2/2 
rhui-rhel-7-server-dotnet-rhui-rpms/x86_64/productid  | 2.1 kB  00:00:00 
rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-extras-rpms/x86_64/productid    | 2.1 kB  00:00:00 
rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-rpms/7Server/x86_64/productid | 2.1 kB  00:00:00 
rhui-rhel-7-server-rhui-supplementary-rpms/7Server/x86_64/productid   | 2.1 kB  00:00:00 
rhui-rhel-server-rhui-rhscl-7-rpms/7Server/x86_64/productid        | 2.1 kB  00:00:00 
  mdatp.x86_64 0:101.18.53-1 
Dependency Installed: 
  libatomic.x86_64 0:4.8.5-44.el7 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ 

 2. List all repositories.  Make sure the ones in red are in the repository if you chose prod.repo  (production).  

yum repolist[azureuser@redhat ~]$ yum repolist
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos
repo name                                                                                       status 
packages-microsoft-com-prod                                       packages-microsoft-com-prod                                   89 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$

 3. Install the package from the production repository: 

sudo yum --enablerepo=packages-microsoft-com-prod install mdatp 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo yum --enablerepo=packages-microsoft-com-prod install mdatp 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos 
Package mdatp-101.18.53-1.x86_64 already installed and latest version 
Nothing to do 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$

Download the onboarding package & onboard

Download the onboarding package from Microsoft Security Center from your Workstation: 

  1. In Microsoft Security Center, go to Settings > Device Management > Onboarding
  2. In the first drop-down menu, select Linux Server as the operating system. In the second drop-down menu, select Local Script (for up to 10 devices) as the deployment method. 
  3. Select Download onboarding package. Save the file as to your workstation. 

From the workstation copy from the workstation to RHEL. Putty must be installed. Here we are using a key to log in and copy the file. 

C:>pscp.exe -P 22 -i C:UsersazureuserDownloadsredhat_key.ppk azureuser@ipaddressoflinuxserver:/home/azureuser
WindowsDefenderATPOnboard | 5 kB |   5.6 kB/s | ETA: 00:00:00 | 100% 

Connect back to Linux (putty) 

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ cd .. 
[azureuser@redhat home]$ cd azureuser/ 
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ ls 

   4. Unzip 

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ unzip

   5. Check the health of MDATP which should say no license found:    

mdatp health --field org_id
[azureuser@redhat ~]$ mdatp health --field org_id 
ATTENTION: No license found. Contact your administrator for help. 

  6. Run Onboarding script: 

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ sudo python
Generating /etc/opt/microsoft/mdatp/mdatp_onboard.json ... 

   7. Check the health of MDATP:  mdatp health –field org_id 

[azureuser@redhat ~]$ mdatp health --field org_id

   8. Check the MDATP Azure console: 


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