Deployment with a different Mobile Device Management (MDM) system

Applies to:

Prerequisites and system requirements

Before you get started, see the main Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac page for a description of prerequisites and system requirements for the current software version.

Approach

Caution

Currently, Microsoft oficially supports only Intune and JAMF for the deployment and management of Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided below.

If your organization uses a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution that is not officially supported, this does not mean you are unable to deploy or run Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac.

Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac does not depend on any vendor-specific features. It can be used with any MDM solution that supports the following features:

  • Deploy a macOS .pkg to managed machines.
  • Deploy macOS system configuration profiles to managed machines.
  • Run an arbitrary admin-configured tool/script on managed machines.

Most modern MDM solutions include these features, however, they may call them differently.

You can deploy Defender without the last requirement from the preceding list, however:

  • You will not be able to collect status in a centralized way
  • If you decide to uninstall Defender, you will need to logon to the client machine locally as an administrator

Deployment

Most MDM solutions use the same model for managing macOS machines, with similar terminology. Use JAMF-based deployment as a template.

Package

Configure deployment of a required application package, with the installation package (wdav.pkg) downloaded from Microsoft Defender Security Center.

In order to deploy the package to your enterprise, use the instructions associated with your MDM solution.

License settings

Set up a system configuration profile. Your MDM solution may call it something like "Custom Settings Profile", as Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac is not part of macOS.

Use the property list, jamf/WindowsDefenderATPOnboarding.plist, which can be extracted from an onboarding package downloaded from Microsoft Defender Security Center. Your system may support an arbitrary property list in XML format. You can upload the jamf/WindowsDefenderATPOnboarding.plist file as-is in that case. Alternatively, it may require you to convert the property list to a different format first.

Typically, your custom profile has an id, name, or domain attribute. You must use exactly "com.microsoft.wdav.atp" for this value. MDM uses it to deploy the settings file to /Library/Managed Preferences/com.microsoft.wdav.atp.plist on a client machine, and Defender uses this file for loading the onboarding information.

Kernel extension policy

Set up a KEXT or kernel extension policy. Use team identifier UBF8T346G9 to whitelist kernel extensions provided by Microsoft.

Check installation status

Run mdatp on a client machine to check the onboarding status.