Using third-party distribution tools to update client computers

Article:HOWTO55228  |  Created: 2011-06-29  |  Updated: 2011-12-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO55228
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Using third-party distribution tools to update client computers

Some large enterprises rely on third-party distribution tools like IBM Tivoli or Microsoft SMS to distribute content updates to client computers. Symantec Endpoint Protection supports the use of third-party distribution tools to update the managed and unmanaged clients that run Windows operating systems. Mac clients can only receive content updates from internal or external LiveUpdate servers.

Table: Tasks to set up the use of third-party distribution tools for updates outlines the tasks that you need to perform to use a third-party distribution tool.

Note:

Before you set up the use of third-party distribution tools, you must have already installed Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and the client computers that you want to update.

Table: Tasks to set up the use of third-party distribution tools for updates

Task

Description

Configure Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager to receive content updates.

You can configure the management server either to receive content updates automatically or manually.

See Configuring a site to download content updates.

See Managing content updates.

Configure the group's LiveUpdate Settings policy to allow third-party content update distribution.

If you want to use third-party distribution tools to update managed clients, you must configure the group's LiveUpdate Settings policy to allow it.

See Configuring a LiveUpdate Settings policy to allow third-party content distribution to managed clients.

Prepare unmanaged clients to receive updates from third-party distribution tools.

If you want to use third-party distribution tools to update unmanaged clients, you must first create a registry key on each unmanaged client.

See Preparing unmanaged clients to receive updates from third-party distribution tools.

Locate, copy, and distribute the content.

Each Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager client group has an index2.dax file that is located on the computer that runs Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager. These files are located in subfolders under the drive:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\data\outbox\agent folder. To update clients, you need to use the index2.dax files.

See Configuring a site to download content updates.

See Distributing the content using third-party distribution tools.


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