Managing content for clients
Clients periodically receive updates to virus and spyware definitions, IPS signatures, and product software. LiveUpdate is the name of the technology that distributes these content updates to clients or to servers that distribute the content to clients.
Table: Content update management
Decide on a distribution method
By default, clients get updates from the default management server (Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager).
Mac clients get updates only from an internal or an external LiveUpdate server.
Typically, your network architecture determines which distribution method you should use.
You use a LiveUpdate Settings Policy to configure the distribution method. You can also configure the schedule for clients to receive content from directly Symantec LiveUpdate.
See Determining how clients get content.
See Configuring a LiveUpdate Settings policy .
Decide what content clients should download
By default, the client computers receive updates for all of the content types.
You can configure a LiveUpdate Content Policy to control the types of content updates to your clients. This policy type is not supported for Symantec Network Access Control clients.
If you use the default management server to distribute content updates to clients, the management server must also be configured to download the same updates. Otherwise, those updates are not available for group distribution.
See About the types of content.
Configure a site to download content updates
The site that includes the default management server must store the content updates that you want to distribute to clients.
You can also configure how often the site receives LiveUpdate content.
Configuring a site to download content updates
If replication is used, only one site needs to be configured to download update files. Replication automatically updates the other database. As a best practice, however, you should not replicate product updates between sites. These updates can be quite large and one exists for every language that you select. If you select to download product updates with LiveUpdate to Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, the updates automatically appear in the Installation Packages pane. You can then update clients with auto-upgrade. If you use this approach for version control, you should not select automatic product upgrades in the LiveUpdate Settings Policy.
If you do not want to use LiveUpdate, you can use the Intelligent Updater to download content manually to the default management server. You can then distribute content with third-party management tools.
See Using the Intelligent Updater to download antivirus content updates for distribution.
See Distributing content to managed clients with third-party distribution tools.