Configure endpoint proxy and Internet connectivity settings for your Azure ATP Sensor

Each Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sensor requires Internet connectivity to the Azure ATP cloud service to operate successfully. In some organizations, the domain controllers aren’t directly connected to the internet, but are connected through a web proxy connection. Each Azure ATP sensor requires that you use the Microsoft Windows Internet (WinINET) proxy configuration to report sensor data and communicate with the Azure ATP service. If you use WinHTTP for proxy configuration, you still need to configure Windows Internet (WinINet) browser proxy settings for communication between the sensor and the Azure ATP cloud service.

When configuring the proxy, you'll need to know that the embedded Azure ATP sensor service runs in system context using the LocalService account and the Azure ATP Sensor Updater service runs in the system context using LocalSystem account.


If you're using Transparent proxy or WPAD in your network topology, you don't need to configure WinINET for your proxy.

Configure the proxy

You can configure your proxy settings during sensor installation, by using the parameters defined in Silent installation, proxy authentication settings.

Proxy authentication

Use the following commands to complete proxy authentication:


Name Syntax Mandatory for silent installation? Description
ProxyUrl ProxyUrl="" No Specifies the ProxyUrl and port number for the Azure ATP sensor.
ProxyUserName ProxyUserName="Contoso\ProxyUser" No If your proxy service requires authentication, supply a user name in the DOMAIN\user format.
ProxyUserPassword ProxyUserPassword="P@ssw0rd" No Specifies the password for proxy user name. *Credentials are encrypted and stored locally by the Azure ATP sensor.

You can also configure your proxy server manually using a registry-based static proxy, to allow Azure ATP sensor to report diagnostic data and communicate with Azure ATP cloud service when a computer is not permitted to connect to the Internet.


The registry changes should be applied only to LocalService and LocalSystem.

The static proxy is configurable through the Registry. You must copy the proxy configuration that you use in user context to the localsystem and localservice. To copy your user context proxy settings:

  1. Make sure to back up the registry keys before you modify them.

  2. In the registry, search for the value DefaultConnectionSettings as REG_BINARY under the registry key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\DefaultConnectionSettings and copy it.

  3. If the LocalSystem does not have the correct proxy settings (either they are not configured or they are different from the Current_User), then copy the proxy setting from the Current_User to the LocalSystem. Under the registry key HKU\S-1-5-18\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\DefaultConnectionSettings.

  4. Paste the value from the Current_user DefaultConnectionSettings as REG_BINARY.

  5. If the LocalService does not have the correct proxy settings, then copy the proxy setting from the Current_User to the LocalService. Under the registry key HKU\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\DefaultConnectionSettings.

  6. Paste the value from the Current_User DefaultConnectionSettings as REG_BINARY.


This will affect all applications including Windows services which use WinINET with LocalService, LocalSytem context.

Enable access to Azure ATP service URLs in the proxy server

To enable access to Azure ATP allow traffic to the following URLs:

  • <your-instance-name> – for console connectivity. For example, ""

  • <your-instance-name> – for sensors connectivity. For example, ""

The previous URLs automatically map to the correct service location for your Azure ATP instance. If you require more granular control, consider allowing traffic to the relevant endpoints from the following table:

Service location * DNS record


To ensure maximal security and data privacy, Azure ATP uses certificate based mutual authentication between each Azure ATP sensor and the Azure ATP cloud backend. If SSL inspection is used in your environment, make sure that the inspection is configured for mutual authentication so it does not interfere in the authentication process.

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