Preparing Windows operating systems for remote deployment

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Preparing Windows operating systems for remote deployment

Table: Remote deployment actions lists the associated tasks that you must do on client computer operating systems to successfully install the client remotely.

Table: Remote deployment actions

Operating system


Prepare Windows XP computers that are installed in workgroups

Windows XP computers that are installed in workgroups do not accept remote deployment. To permit remote deployment, disable Simple File Sharing.


This limitation does not apply to computers that are part of a Windows domain.

Prepare Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7 computers

Windows User Access Control blocks local administrative accounts from remotely accessing remote administrative shares such as C$ and Admin$.

To push the client software to computers, you should use a domain administrator account if the client computer is part of an Active Directory domain. Remote deployment also requires administrator privileges to install.

Perform the following tasks:

  • Disable the File Sharing Wizard.

  • Enable network discovery by using the Network and Sharing Center.

  • Enable the built-in administrator account and assign a password to the account.

  • Verify that the account has administrator privileges.

Prepare Windows Server 2003 computers for installation using a remote desktop connection

The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager requires access to the system registry for installation and normal operation.

To prepare a computer to install Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager using a remote desktop connection, perform the following tasks:

  • Configure a server that runs Windows Server 2003 to allow remote control.

  • Connect to the server from a remote computer by using a remote console session, or shadow the console session.

See your Windows documentation for more information.

See Preparing for client installation.

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