This document describes the system requirements for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6.
This page provides the system requirements for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6. If you need the system requirements for another version of Symantec Endpoint Protection, read the article Release Notes and System Requirements for all versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Network Access Control.
Unless otherwise specified, all updates, editions, and Service Packs (SPs) for a listed Windows version are supported. For example, Windows 7 includes Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions, all Service Packs. As Microsoft releases new Service Packs for Windows, these requirements may need to be re-evaluated, as the newest Service Pack may require an updated version of the Symantec product.
Intel Pentium Dual-Core or equivalent minimum.
Note: Intel Itanium IA-64 processors are not supported.
2 GB RAM available minimum; 4 GB RAM or more available recommended.
Note: Your Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager server may require additional RAM depending on the RAM requirements of other applications that are already installed.
16 GB available minimum (100 GB recommended) for the management server; 40 GB available minimum (200 GB recommended) for the management server and a locally installed database.
1024 x 768 or larger
Operating system (Desktop)
Operating system (Server)
Note: This Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager version manages clients earlier than version 12.1, regardless of the client operating system.
For a list of supported browsers for Browser Intrusion Prevention, see Supported Browser versions for Browser Intrusion Prevention.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager includes an embedded database. You may also choose to use one of the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server:
Note : SQL Server Express Edition is not supported.
800 x 600 or larger
Operating system (desktop)
Operating system (server)
Browser Intrusion Prevention
Browser Intrusion Prevention support is based on the version of the Client Intrusion Detection System (CIDS) engine.
For more information, see the following knowledge base article: Supported Browser versions for Browser Intrusion Prevention for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x
Embedded operating system
Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 2009 (32-bit, SP3)
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 (32-bit, SP3)
Windows Embedded Point of Service (WEPOS) (32-bit, SP3)
Windows Embedded Standard 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Windows Embedded Enterprise 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Windows Embedded 8 Standard (32- and 64-bit)
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro (32- and 64-bit)
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise (32- and 64-bit)
Required minimum components
Filter Manager (FltMgr.sys)
Performance Data Helper (pdh.dll)
Windows Installer Service
FBA: Driver Signing (applies only to XP-based Embedded)
The Minimum Configuration template is not supported.
The Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) and the Unified Write Filter (UWF) are not supported. The recommended write filter is the File Based Write Filter (FBWF) installed along with the Registry Filter.
For more information, see Symantec Endpoint Protection support for Windows Embedded.
800 x 600
For a list of supported kernels and information on auto-compile, see Supported Linux kernels for Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Graphical desktop environments
You can use the following graphical desktop environments to view the Symantec Endpoint Protection client's graphical user interface:
Other environmental requirements
You can use the Symantec Endpoint Protection client to protect the supported operating systems that run in virtual environments. You can also install and manage Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager on the supported operating systems that run in virtual environments. You install Symantec Endpoint Protection on the guest operating system, not the host.
Supported virtualization products for Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, console, embedded database, and clients on Windows and Linux: