Managing client installation packages
To manage computers with Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, you must export at least one client installation package to a management server in the site. After you export the client installation package, you then install the files in the package onto client computers. You can export packages for Symantec-managed clients, third-party managed clients, and unmanaged clients.
You can export these packages as a single executable file or as a series of files in a directory. The method that you choose depends on your deployment method and whether you want to upgrade client software in groups. Typically, if you use Active Directory Group Policy Object, you do not choose to export to a single executable file.
Symantec occasionally provides updated packages of installation files. When client software is installed on client computers, you can automatically update the client software on all clients in a group with the AutoUpgrade feature. You do not need to redeploy software with installation deployment tools.
Table: Client installation package-related tasks
Configure client installation packages
You can select specific client protection technologies to install and you can specify how the installation interacts with end-users.
See Configuring client installation package features.
Export client installation packages
You can export packages for Symantec-managed clients, third-party managed clients, and unmanaged clients.
See Exporting client installation packages.
Add client installation package updates
When Symantec sends you client installation package updates, you add them to the database to make them available for distribution from Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager. You can optionally export the packages during this procedure to make the package available for deployment to computers that do not have the client software.
See Adding client installation package updates.
Upgrade clients in one or more groups
You can install the exported packages to computers one at a time, or deploy the exported files to multiple computers simultaneously.
When Symantec provides updates to client installation packages, you first add them to a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and make them available for exporting. You do not, however, have to reinstall them with client deployment tools. The easiest way to update clients in groups with the latest software is to use the console to update the group that contains the clients. You should first update a group with a small number of test computers.
See Upgrading clients by using AutoUpgrade in Symantec Endpoint Protection.
You can also update clients with LiveUpdate if you permit clients to run LiveUpdate and if the LiveUpdate Settings policy permits updates.
Delete client installation packages
You can delete older client installation packages to save disk space. However, these older client installation packages are sometimes used to build upgrade packages when using AutoUpgrade. This results in smaller downloads by clients.
See Preparing for client installation.