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System requirements

Hardware requirements

Hardware requirements depend on the server role. The following minimum hardware requirements are required for installation:

Processor Intel/AMD x64

700MB of free hard disk space

256MB of free RAM

Glibc 2.17 or later

Linux OS kernel versions 3.10.0 and later

en_US.UTF-8 encoding locale

Supported operating systems

ESET Server Security for Linux (ESSL) has been tested and is supported on the latest minor releases of listed operating systems. Update your operating system before installing ESSL.

64-bit Operating System

Secure Boot supported

SELinux Support


RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7

ESSL SELinux module policy installation requires an installed selinux-policy-devel package. To start the OS without ESSL SELinux module, use the eset_selinux=0 kernel parameter during OS boot.

RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8

CentOS 7

CentOS 8

Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS



Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS



Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS



Debian 9




Debian 10



Debian 11



SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12



SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 15



Oracle Linux 8

(stock kernel only)


If the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is used, the kernel-uek-devel package must be installed manually. In this case, Secure Boot is not supported.

Amazon Linux 2

Amazon Linux 2 does not support Secure Boot


Secure Boot is supported since version 2023.

ESSL should work on the most recent and frequently used open-source Linux distributions if the hardware requirements listed above are met, and software dependencies are not missing in the Linux distribution used.


Linux distributions with ELREPO kernel and AWS kernel are not supported.

RHEL with the "Protection Profile for General Purpose Operating Systems (OSPP)" is not supported.

Remote management via ESET PROTECT.

Supported browsers

ESSL Web interface  works best in the latest desktop versions of following browsers:

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Edge