Upgrading to a new release of Symantec Endpoint Protection

Article:HOWTO53164  |  Created: 2011-05-18  |  Updated: 2011-12-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO53164
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Upgrading to a new release of Symantec Endpoint Protection

You can upgrade to the newest release of the product to take advantage of new features. To install a new version of the software, you must perform certain tasks to ensure a successful upgrade or migration.

Before you upgrade, review the following information:

The information in this section is specific to upgrading from Symantec Sygate 5.1, or Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x software in environments where a version of Symantec Endpoint Protection or Symantec Network Access Control 11.x is already installed.

Table: Process for upgrading to the full version displays the steps you need to perform to upgrade to the latest version.

Table: Process for upgrading to the full version




Step 1

Back up the database

Back up the database that Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager uses to ensure the integrity of your client information.

See Backing up the database and logs.

Step 2

Turn off replication

Turn off replication on all sites that are configured as replication partners to avoid any attempts to update the database during the installation.

See Turning off replication before migration.

Step 3

If you have Symantec Network Access Control installed, enable local authentication

Enforcers are not able to authenticate clients during an upgrade. To avoid problems with client authentication, Symantec recommends that you enable local authentication before you upgrade. After the upgrade is finished, you can return to your previous authentication setting.

Step 4

Stop the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager service

You must stop the management server service before you install a newer version.

See Stopping and starting the management server service.

Step 5

Upgrade the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager software

Install the new version of the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager on all sites in your network. The existing version is detected automatically, and all settings are saved during the upgrade.

See Installing the management server and the console.

Step 6

Turn on replication after the upgrade

Turn on replication when the installation is complete to restore your configuration.

See Turning on replication after migration or upgrade.

Step 7

Upgrade Symantec client software

Upgrade your client software to the latest version.

See About upgrading client software.

When Symantec provides updates to client installation packages, you add the updates to a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and make them available for exporting. You do not, however, have to reinstall the client with client-deployment tools. The easiest way to update clients in groups with the latest software is to use AutoUpgrade. You should first update a group with a small number of test computers before you update your entire production network.

See Upgrading clients by using AutoUpgrade.

You can also update clients with LiveUpdate if you permit clients to run LiveUpdate and if the LiveUpdate Settings policy permits

See Managing content updates.

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