Link a Microsoft Defender Licence to Linux users

Marc Huteau 1 Reputation point


I am an IT in a company of about 150 people. We have about 40 users under Linux (Ubuntu). I have successfully installed Microsoft Defender on a user's machine.

I wanted to know how things are going with the licensing. Because I have purchased a Microsoft Defender for Business license which is linked to my admin account. I have purchased and assigned a license for this user as well. All our users have an account in AzureAD (Microsoft F1 license)
In Intune I only have macOS and Windows users.

When is the link made between the user's Linux machine and Azure? Because everything works on the user's machine as well as in the Microsoft Defender administration console.
How to link the license of the Azure account to the Linux machine.

Thanks in advance

Have a nice day

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  1. Limitless Technology 44,071 Reputation points

    Hi. Thank you for your question and reaching out.

    There are several options for connecting to a Linux virtual machine in Azure. The Secure Shell Protocol is the most popular method for connecting to a Linux virtual machine (SSH). Any regular SSH client found in Linux and Windows can be used for this. Azure Cloud Shell is accessible using any browser.

    This guide explains how to use SSH to connect to a virtual machine that has a public IP. See Azure Bastion Service here if you need to connect to a VM without a public IP.

    For more information, please see


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  2. Marc Huteau 1 Reputation point


    Thanks for the answer but I think we misunderstood each other.

    The problem is in Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
    The 35 computers of the employees who work with the Ubuntu OS are not listed in "Devices".

    I saw that we can finally install Intune on Linux:

    I imagine that when the user will have enrolled his PC in Intune, I will only have to assign the Microsoft Defender license as for Windows and MacOS users.


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