Database

Specify the database server and connector you want to use when installing the ESET PROTECT Server. You can use an existing database server that is running in your environment; however, it must meet the requirements below.

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Note

The ESET PROTECT 8.0 All-in-one installer installs Microsoft SQL Server Express 2019 by default. If you are using an older Windows edition (Server 2012 or SBS 2011), Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014 will be installed by default.

Supported database servers and database connectors

ESET PROTECT supports two types of database servers: Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.

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Warning

MariaDB is not supported by ESET PROTECT! MariaDB is a default database in most current Linux environments and gets installed when you select to install MySQL.

Supported database server

Supported database versions

Supported database connectors

Microsoft SQL Server

Express and non-Express editions

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

 

SQL Server

SQL Server Native Client 10.0

ODBC Driver for SQL Server 11, 13, 17

MySQL

5.6

5.7

8.0

MySQL ODBC driver versions:

5.1, 5.2

5.3.0-5.3.10

8.0.16, 8.0.17

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Warning

The following MySQL ODBC driver versions are not supported:

5.3.11 and later 5.3.x

8.0.0-8.0.15

8.0.18 and later

Database server hardware requirements

See the hardware and sizing instructions.

Performance recommendations

For the best performance, we recommend that you use the latest supported Microsoft SQL Server as your ESET PROTECT database. While ESET PROTECT is compatible with MySQL, using MySQL can negatively impact system performance when working with large amounts of data, including dashboards, detections, and clients. The same hardware with Microsoft SQL Server is capable of handling significantly higher number of clients as with MySQL.

You can decide whether to install an SQL database server on:

The same machine as the ESET PROTECT Server

oThe same server but on a separate disk

A dedicated server for installation of an SQL database server.

 

We recommend that you use a dedicated machine(s) with reserved resources if you wish to manage more than 10,000 clients.

Database

SMB customer

Enterprise customer

Clients limit

Windows

Linux

MS SQL Express

(optional)

5,000

 

MS SQL Server

None

 

MySQL

10,000

Additional information

The ESET PROTECT 8.0 All-in-one installer installs Microsoft SQL Server Express 2019 by default. If you are using an older Windows edition (Server 2012 or SBS 2011), Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014 will be installed by default.

Microsoft SQL Server Express has a 10 GB size limit of each relational database. We do not recommend using Microsoft SQL Server Express in Enterprise environments or in large networks.

We recommend that you do not install SQL Server on a Domain Controller (for example, if you are using Windows SBS / Essentials). We recommend that you install ESET PROTECT on a different server or do not select the SQL Server Express component during installation (this requires you to use your existing SQL or MySQL Server to run the ESET PROTECT database).

If you intend to use a dedicated database user account that will only have access to the ESET PROTECT database, you must create a user account with specific privileges before installation. For more information, see Dedicated database user account. Additionally, you will need to create an empty database that will be used by ESET PROTECT.

See the instructions to install and configure MySQL for Windows and MySQL for Linux to work properly with ESET PROTECT.

MS SQL Server on Linux is not supported. However, you can connect the ESET PROTECT Server on Linux to MS SQL Server on Windows.

If you install the ESET PROTECT Server and MS SQL Server on separate computers, you can enable encrypted connection to the database.

ESET PROTECT Server does not use an integrated backup. We strongly recommend that you back up your database server to prevent data loss.

The cluster setup of the database on Windows environments is supported only for the MS SQL Server, not for MySQL.