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Can I install an antivirus software on LEM

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Updated April 25, 2017


This article provides information on installing an antivirus software on LEM.


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SolarWinds does not allow an antivirus to be installed on LEM. Similar to a firewall, switch or router, LEM is an appliance which does not allow such software to be installed. Reasons for this include the following:

  • The Debian kernel is already a stripped-down version of Linux, and is very secure.
  • Because LEM is an appliance, access is already limited to select ports and protocols.
  • An antivirus software impacts the performance of any device and is often incompatible with some software applications.
  • SolarWinds does not provide a root access to let you install an antivirus. Providing a root access would result to failure to meet auditing requirements and changes to the operating system or application. This could lead LEM to be out of scope from SolarWinds support. 




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