Creating client installation packages

Article:HOWTO17945  |  Created: 2009-01-02  |  Updated: 2009-01-17  |  Article URL
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Creating client installation packages

Two types of packages are available:

  • The default installation package that is created when you install the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.

  • A customized client package that is created especially for a particular group or set of groups. This type of installation package may contain customized group polices and settings.

Either type of package can be created as a 32-bit or 64-bit package.

When you install the default package, clients appear in the Temporary group and receive the default policies. A customized package is not typically assigned to the Temporary group.

You can create client installation packages for groups at any time. If you have created customized policies that do not change often, you can create a client installation package for the group that uses these policies. This package can then be installed on new computers that are added to the group. However, a new client installation package is not needed to change policies. Changes to policies are automatically propagated to clients in the group to which the policies apply.

Client installation packages should be deployed with the silent or the unattended option to computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Microsoft Vista (x64). Only the silent option should be used for the installation packages that are deployed to computers running Microsoft Vista (x86). When a silent deployment is used, the applications that plug into Symantec Endpoint Protection, such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, must be restarted.

For more information about client installation packages, see the Administration Guide for Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Network Access Control.

To create client installation packages

  1. In the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager console, click Admin.

  2. In the Tasks pane, click Install Packages.

  3. In the right pane, under Package Name, select the package to export.

  4. In the lower-left pane, under Tasks, click Export Client Install Package.

  5. In the Export Package dialog box, click Browse.

  6. In the Select Export Folder dialog box, browse to and select the directory to contain the exported package, and then click OK.

  7. In the Export Package dialog box, set the other options according to your installation goals.

    For details about the other options in this dialog box, click Help.

  8. Click OK.

For more information, see Symantec Support Knowledge Base article 2007111409432848.

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