Server Protection

You install a Server Protection agent on servers to protect them against malware, risky file types and websites, and malicious network traffic.

To protect a server, download the installer for your operating system and run it on the server.

Download and run the Windows installer

  1. Go to Protect Devices.
  2. Click Download Windows Server Installer.
  3. Go to the Downloads folder and run the installer.

Download and run the Linux EDR or Linux MTR installer

If you have a license for Linux EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) or Linux MTR (Managed Threat Response), you see a link to the appropriate installer.

  1. Go to Protect Devices.
  2. To download the installer from your browser, click Download Linux MTR Installer or Download Linux EDR Installer.

    Alternatively, to download the installer from a command line or script, do as follows:

    1. Right-click the installer link and copy the link address.
    2. On the Linux server, at a command prompt or in a script, use wget with the link address:

      wget Linux installer link

    3. Move the installer to the Downloads directory.
  3. Run the installer as follows:
    1. Change to the Downloads directory.
    2. Change the file permissions to include “execute”:

      chmod +x SophosSetup.sh

    3. Run the installer:

      ./SophosSetup.sh

      If you are not signed in as root, run the installer with the sudo command:

      sudo ./SophosSetup.sh

Download and run the Linux Server installer

The Linux Server installer provides anti-virus protection. It doesn't provide the more advanced features of Linux EDR or Linux MTR.

  1. Go to Protect Devices.
  2. To download the installer from your browser, click Download Linux Server Installer.

    Alternatively, to download the installer from a command line or script, do as follows:

    1. Right-click Download Linux Server Installer and copy the link address.
    2. On the Linux server, at a command prompt or in a script, use wget with the link address:

      wget Linux installer link

    3. Move the installer to the Downloads directory.
  3. Run the installer as follows:
    1. Change to the Downloads directory.
    2. Change the file permissions to include “execute”:

      chmod +x SophosInstall.sh

    3. Run the installer:

      ./SophosInstall.sh

      If you are not signed in as root, run the installer with the sudo command:

      sudo ./SophosInstall.sh

What happens when you protect a server

When you protect a server:

  • The server is added to the Servers list in Sophos Central.
  • Default policies are applied to the server.