Onboard previous versions of Windows

Applies to:

Platforms

  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 SP1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

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Defender for Endpoint extends support to include down-level operating systems, providing advanced attack detection and investigation capabilities on supported Windows versions.

To onboard down-level Windows client endpoints to Defender for Endpoint, you'll need to:

  • Configure and update System Center Endpoint Protection clients.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) to report sensor data to Defender for Endpoint as instructed below.

Tip

After onboarding the device, you can choose to run a detection test to verify that it is properly onboarded to the service. For more information, see Run a detection test on a newly onboarded Defender for Endpoint endpoint.

Configure and update System Center Endpoint Protection clients

Important

This step is required only if your organization uses System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP).

Defender for Endpoint integrates with System Center Endpoint Protection to provide visibility to malware detections and to stop propagation of an attack in your organization by banning potentially malicious files or suspected malware.

The following steps are required to enable this integration:

Install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) to report sensor data to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Before you begin

Review the following details to verify minimum system requirements:

  1. Download the agent setup file: Windows 64-bit agent or Windows 32-bit agent.

  2. Obtain the workspace ID:

    • In the Defender for Endpoint navigation pane, select Settings > Endpoints > Device management > Onboarding
    • Select Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 as the operating system
    • Copy the workspace ID and workspace key
  3. Using the Workspace ID and Workspace key choose any of the following installation methods to install the agent:

    Note

    If you are a US Government customer, under "Azure Cloud" you'll need to choose "Azure US Government" if using the setup wizard, or if using a command line or a script - set the "OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_AZURE_CLOUD_TYPE" parameter to 1.

  4. If you're using a proxy to connect to the Internet see the Configure proxy settings section.

Once completed, you should see onboarded endpoints in the portal within an hour.

Configure proxy and Internet connectivity settings

  • Each Windows endpoint must be able to connect to the Internet using HTTPS. This connection can be direct, using a proxy, or through the OMS Gateway.
  • If a proxy or firewall is blocking all traffic by default and allowing only specific domains through or HTTPS scanning (SSL inspection) is enabled, make sure that you enable access to Defender for Endpoint service URLs.

Offboard client endpoints

To offboard, you can uninstall the MMA agent from the endpoint or detach it from reporting to your Defender for Endpoint workspace. After offboarding the agent, the endpoint will no longer send sensor data to Defender for Endpoint.

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