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Symantec Drive Encryption 10.4 for Linux - System Requirements


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This article lists the current system requirements for Symantec Drive Encryption 10.4 for Linux.


The article will be updated as additional platforms or other system requirements are tested and added for Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux.

Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux runs on these platforms:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 12.04.5 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 14.04.4 LTS; (32-bit and 64-bit versions)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.10, 5.11, 6.6, 6.7, 7.1, 7.2 (BIOS only, 32-bit and 64-bit versions)

Note: Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux runs on the above platforms when all of the latest hot fixes and security patches have been applied.

CentOS is free, open source software based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For the purposes of supporting Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux, the two are functionally equivalent.

If you are upgrading your system (with Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux 3.3.x installed) from earlier supported version of Ubuntu to version 12.04 LTS or version 14.04 LTS, be sure to do the following:

  1. Decrypt your system disk.

  2. Upgrade to Symantec Drive Encryption  for Linux 10.4.

  3. Upgrade your operating system to Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

  4. Re-encrypt your system disk.

The system requirements for Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux are:

  • Generic Linux kernel. Kernels modified for PAE, Xen, or RT are not supported.

  • 512 MB of RAM

  • 64 MB hard disk space

  • Internet access during installation, except on systems that have the required packages pre-installed or have access to a local repository of packages. For Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS, the required packages are dkms, gcc, make, and patch. For Ubuntu, they are  dkms, gcc, make, and libc6-dev. Both platforms also require the development package for the currently running kernel.

Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux is compatible with the default Logical Volume Manager (LVM) installation. That is, for systems using LVM, the /boot directory must reside on a normal (non-LVM) partition. This constraint can be satisfied by one of two ways: (a) The root (/) is a normal (non-LVM) partition; or (b) /boot itself is a mount point for a normal partition.