Configuring and deploying client software on Windows computers

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Configuring and deploying client software on Windows computers

The Migration and Deployment Wizard lets you configure a client software package. The Push Deployment Wizard then optionally appears to let you deploy the client software package to Windows computers.

This procedure has you select a directory in which to place installation files. You may want to create this directory before you start this procedure. Also, you need to authenticate with administrative credentials to the Windows Domain or Workgroup that contain the computers.

Computers that run firewalls, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 have special requirements. Firewalls must permit remote deployment over TCP ports 139 and 445. Also, disable simple file sharing on the computers that are in workgroups and that run Windows XP. On Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, you must enable network discovery.

See About disabling and modifying Windows firewalls.

See About preparing Windows computers for remote deployment.

You can also use the Find Unmanaged Computers utility that lets you locate the client computers that do not run client software and then install the client software on those computers.

See Deploying client software with Find Unmanaged Computers.

You can use the Migration and Deployment Wizard to create a client software package for Mac computers. You cannot use the Push Deployment Wizard to deploy the package.

See Exporting client installation packages for Mac computers.

To configure and deploy client software on Windows computers

  1. Start the Migration and Deployment Wizard by doing one of the following:

  2. In the Welcome to the Migration and Deployment Wizard panel, click Next.

  3. In the What would you like to do panel, check Deploy the Windows client, and then click Next.

  4. In the next panel, check Specify the name of a new group that you wish to deploy clients to, type a group name in the box, and then click Next.

    After you have deployed client software and logged on to the console, you can locate this group in the console.

  5. In the next panel, uncheck any types of protection that you do not want to install (Symantec Endpoint Protection only), and then click Next.

  6. In the next panel, check the installation options that you want for packages, files, and user interaction.

  7. Click Browse, locate and select a directory in which to place the installation file(s), and then click Open.

  8. Click Next.

  9. In the next panel, check Yes, and then click Finish.

    It can take several minutes to create and export the installation package for your group before the Push Deployment Wizard appears.

To deploy the client software with the Push Deployment Wizard

  1. In the Push Deployment Wizard, under Available computers, expand the trees and select the computers on which to install the client software, and then click Add >.

  2. In the Remote Client Authentication dialog box, type the user name and password, and then click OK.

    The user name and password must be able to authenticate to the Windows Domain or Workgroup that contains the computers.

  3. When you have selected all of the computers and they appear in the right pane, click Finish.

See Starting the Symantec Endpoint Protection client.

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