Preparing for client installation

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Preparing for client installation

You must install a Symantec Endpoint Protection client on every computer you want to protect, whether the computer is physical or virtual.

Table: Client computer preparation lists the actions that you must perform before you can install the client software on the computers in your network.

Table: Client computer preparation



Identify client computers

Identify the computers on which you want to install the client software. All the computers must run a supported operating system.

For the most current system requirements, see: Release Notes and System Requirements for all versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Network Access Control


Symantec recommends that you also install the client on the computer that hosts Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.

Identify computer groups

Identify the computer groups to which you want the clients to belong. You can group clients based on type of computer, to conform to your corporate organization, or the security level required. You can create these groups if you have not already done so. You can also import an existing group structure such as an Active Directory structure.

See Managing groups of clients.

See Importing existing groups and computers from an Active Directory or an LDAP server.

See Assigning clients to groups before you install the client software.

Prepare computers for remote deployment

Prepare the computers for remote client deployment.


If your users do not have administrative rights for their computers, then remotely install the client software using Remote Push. The Remote Push installation requires you to enter the credentials that have local administrative rights for the computers.

See Deploying clients by using Remote Push.

Deploy client software

You deploy the client software using any of the three available methods. You can also export a customized client package before you deploy it.

See About client deployment methods.

See Exporting client installation packages.

Verify installation status

You should confirm the status of the clients in the console. Managed clients may not appear in the console until after they are restarted.

See Restarting client computers from Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.

You can take additional steps to secure unmanaged computers and optimize the performance of your Symantec Endpoint Protection installation.

See About managed and unmanaged clients.

See Installing an unmanaged client.

See Getting up and running on Symantec Endpoint Protection for the first time.

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