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Antivirus for several O.S.

Created: 07 Nov 2012 • Updated: 07 Nov 2012 | 7 comments

Good morning,

I'm developing a solutio to provide & manage virtual instances for several O.S.:

Windows Server 2003, 2008 and newer,

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, 6 or newer,

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 or newer,

Debian Linux Stable (currently Lenny),

Ubuntu Linux Server 10.04 LTS and newer,

Scientific Linux 5, 6 and newer (I can cover partially this requirement),

FreeBSD 8 and newer. Other OS may

My question is: Can I cover my standard antivirus requirement with only Symantec or I need to solution a mixed approach with other vendors?

Thanks in advance

Best Regards,


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ᗺrian's picture

SEP is supported on Windows (Windows 2012 will be supported on upcoming release of 12.1.2 which is due out this month)

SAV for Linux supports the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0, 4.0, 5.0

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise (server/desktop) 9, 10, 11

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES/OES2)

  • Ubuntu 8, 9, 10

  • Debian 4, 5

  • Fedora 10, 12, 13

  • VMWare ESX 2.5, 3.0, 3.5

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Mithun Sanghavi's picture


I agree with the above comment.

Check these Articles:

System Requirements for Symantec Endpoint Protection, Enterprise and Small Business Editions, and Network Access Control 12.1.2

Knowledgebase Articles for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1. RU2

Hope that helps!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect


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lucascarpaleggia's picture

Many thanks for your support.

My need is to deploy Sep agent in (all O.S. version listed in the thread) but I'm understanding that the only platform supported for SEP is Windows environment and I'm in difficult to adopt an unique Antivirus vendor solution.



ᗺrian's picture

That is correct. SEP won't run on Linux, so you will need to use SAV for Linux for *nix OS.

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Beppe's picture


to be more precise, you can use SEP 12.1 for Mac and Windows, you need SAV for Linux (still from Symantec) for the rest but they won't be managed by the SEP Manager.



Mick2009's picture

This article provides steps and a few illustrations for how SAV for Linux (which comes on the SEP DVD) can be installed.

How to Install SAV for Linux (SAVFL) and Update It Using LUA 2.x (

With thanks and best regards,


EssKay's picture

Cold comfort I know but according to

A managed version of SAV for Linux is on the Symantec Endpoint Protection product roadmap.  Those who wish to voice their support for a speedy release of this may cast a vote for the linux-unmanaged client "Idea" (proposed enhancement request) in Symantec's Connect Forums.

SAV for Linux can be integrated to SEPM for reportingpurposes only as per

The real draw back is that the SAV for Linux product is also much harder to manage due to the lack of a central management console. Whilst specific endpoint management could be fine for small environments it could be seen to become cumbersome for large environments, especially if thos environments were quite dynamic See for the specifics in managing the client.