How to install MSE on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016

MSE on Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Install MetaDefender Core with MSE engine as licensed option

  • MSE will fail to deploy

  • Open MetaDefender Core Management Console

  • Navigate to Inventory - Technologies and expand the Anti-malware engines list

  • Disable MSE from the list (please note that version numbers might be different)

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  • The engine should show as inactive

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  • Rename the installer that was downloaded to "MSEInstallx64"

  • Place the install script and the downloaded installer in the same folder

  • Run install_on_windows_server with admin rights from the above folder

  • Wait a few mins for the script to run and for the CMD window to go away

  • Please note that Windows Firewall might be enabled if it was previously disabled

  • Check the "Programs and Features" section in "Control Panel" to see if MSE is showing up

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  • Search for Microsoft Security Essentials in the Start Menu and open it

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  • Go to Settings - Real-time protection and disable it

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  • It is OK for it to be red, we just disabled Real-Time Protection

  • Enable MSE in MetaDefender Core UI

  • The engine might show up as not deploying in the beginning

  • Wait 5-10 mins, the engine should deploy

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MSE on Windows Server 2016

  • Install MetaDefender Core with MSE as a licensed engine

  • MSE will fail to deploy because of conflict with Windows Defender included in Windows Server 2016

  • Open MetaDefender Core Management Console

  • Navigate to Inventory - Technologies and expand the Anti-malware engines list

  • Disable MSE from the list (please note that version numbers might be different)

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  • The engine should show as inactive

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  • Open Windows Defender

  • If the following pop up shows up, please click the Close button

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  • Go to Settings and disable all options related to Windows Defender

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  • Check Windows Defender to make sure Real-Time Protection is disabled

  • It is OK for it to be red, we just disabled Real-Time Protection

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  • Rename the installer that was downloaded to "MSEInstallx64"

  • Place the install script and the downloaded installer in the same folder

  • Run install_on_windows_server with admin rights from the above folder

  • Wait a few mins for the script to run and for the CMD window to go away

  • Check "Programs and Features" to see if MSE is showing up

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  • Enable MSE in MetaDefender Core UI

  • The engine might show up as not deploying in the beginning

  • Wait 5-10 mins, the engine should deploy

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This article applies to MetaDefender Core v4
This article was last updated on 2019-10-06
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