Performing the tasks that are common to all policies

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Performing the tasks that are common to all policies

Your security policies define how the protection technologies protect your computers from known and unknown threats.

You can manage your Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition security policies in many ways. For example, you can create copies of the security policies and then customize the copies for your specific needs. You can lock and unlock certain settings so that users cannot change them on the client computer.

Table: Tasks common to all policies describes many of the policy tasks that you can perform.

Table: Tasks common to all policies



Add a policy

If you do not want to use one of the default policies, you can add a new policy.


If you add or edit policies in the Policies page, you must also assign the policies to a group. Otherwise those policies are not effective.

See The types of security policies.

See Adding a policy.

Lock and unlock policy settings

You can lock and unlock some Virus and Spyware Protection policy settings. Computer users cannot change locked policy settings. A padlock icon appears next to a lockable policy setting.

See Locking and unlocking Virus and Spyware Protection policy settings.

Edit a policy

If you want to change the settings in an existing policy, you can edit it. You can increase or decrease the protection on your computers by modifying its security policies. You do not have to reassign a modified policy unless you change the group assignment.

See Editing a policy.

Assign a policy

To put a policy into use, you must assign it to one or more groups.

See Assigning a policy to a group.

See Viewing assigned policies.

Test a policy

Symantec recommends that you always test a new policy before you use it in a production environment.

Replace a policy

You can replace one policy with another.

See Replacing a policy.

Copy and paste a policy

Instead of adding a new policy, you may want to copy an existing policy to use as the basis for the new policy.

See Copying and pasting a policy.

Export and import a policy

You can export an existing policy if you want to use it in a different group. You can then import the policy and apply it to a group.

See Exporting and importing individual policies.

Delete a policy

If a policy is assigned to one or more groups, you cannot delete it until you have unassigned it from all groups. You must replace it with another policy first.

Check that the client has the latest policy

You can check whether the client has the latest policy. If not, you can manually update the policy on the client.

See How the client computers get policy updates.

See Using the policy serial number to check client-server communication.

See Manually updating policies on the client.

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