Supported and unsupported upgrade and migration paths for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x

Article:HOWTO84762  |  Created: 2013-06-04  |  Updated: 2013-09-20  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO84762
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Supported and unsupported upgrade and migration paths for Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x

You need to know which paths are supported when you upgrade to the latest release of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x from previous releases of Symantec Endpoint Protection, or when you migrate from a legacy product, such as Symantec AntiVirus.

Table: Supported upgrade paths to a newer version of 12.1.x

Release number

12.1.x releases you can upgrade from

12.1.3

(12.1 RU3, or 12.1.3001)

  • 12.1.2.1 (12.1 RU2 MP1)

  • 12.1.2 (12.1 RU2)

  • 12.1.1.1 (12.1 RU1 MP1)

  • 12.1.1 (12.1 RU1)

  • 12.1 (12.1 RTM)

12.1.2.1

(12.1 RU2 MP1, or 12.1.2100)

12.1.2 (RU2)

12.1.2

(12.1 RU2, or 12.1.2015)

  • 12.1.1.1 (12.1 RU1 MP1)

  • 12.1.1 (12.1 RU1)

  • 12.1 (12.1 RTM)

12.1.1.1

(12.1 RU1 MP1, or 12.1.1101)

12.1.1 (12.1 RU1)

12.1.1

(12.1 RU1, or 12.1.1000)

12.1 (12.1 RTM)

12.1

(12.1 RTM, or 12.1.671)

n/a

Note:

You can upgrade from a Small Business Edition product to the enterprise version, but the reverse is considered a downgrade and is not supported.

 

See the release notes for the version to which you are about to upgrade:

Release Notes and System Requirements for all versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Network Access Control

Best practices for upgrading to Symantec Endpoint Protection

 

Supported and unsupported paths from 11.0.x and 12.0

Table: Supported and unsupported upgrade paths from Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x or Small Business Edition 12.0 to 12.1.x

 11.0.x or 12.0 Supported or unsupported path

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x

Supported paths:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 11.0.6 (11.0 RU6) and earlier to 12.1 (12.1 RTM).

Unsupported paths:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 11.0.7 (11.0 RU7) to 12.1 (12.1 RTM).

    Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 RU7 or later to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 (12.1 RTM). The database schemas are incompatible.

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x or 12.1.x (enterprise version) to Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition. This is considered a downgrade, and it is not supported.

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 RU7 MP1 (11.0.7101) or Release Update 7 Maintenance Patch 2 (11.0.7200) to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 (12.1 RTM) or 12.1.1.1 (12.1 RU1 MP1)

Supported upgrade paths to Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 12.1 from Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 11.x

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.0

To find out what versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection are installed on computers on your network, see Generating a list of the Symantec Endpoint Protection versions installed on the clients and servers in your network

Migration paths

Table: Migration paths from legacy Symantec products to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x displays the Symantec legacy virus protection software that can migrate to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x.

Legacy product

12.1.x release

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9.x and 10.x

Migration from Symantec AntiVirus 9.x is not supported as of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2.

Migrating from Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Client Security to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 or later

Symantec Client Security 2.x and 3.x

Migration from Symantec Client Security 2.x is not supported as of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2.

Migrating from Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Client Security to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 or later

Symantec AntiVirus for Mac (client only)

Managed and unmanaged Symantec AntiVirus for Mac clients can upgrade to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x. Managed Symantec AntiVirus for Mac clients do not retain settings if migrated to unmanaged Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x clients.

Supported migration paths for the Symantec Endpoint Protection Mac client

Symantec Sygate Enterprise Protection

All versions of Symantec Sygate Enterprise Protection up to 5.1 (5.1.1) can be migrated to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, 12.1.1 or 12.1.1.1, enterprise version only. They cannot be migrated to any version of Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition.

Releases later than 5.1 cannot be migrated.

You may want to install Symantec Endpoint Protection from scratch without migrating the legacy software. If you skip the migration, you do not import the legacy settings.

To skip the migration of legacy products:

  1. Uninstall the legacy virus protection software from your servers and client computers.

  2. During Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager installation, do not select the migration option.

  3. After initial product installation, use Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager to adjust the group settings and policy settings.

  4. Deploy the Symantec Endpoint Protection client to the unprotected legacy computers.

When to import legacy settings during migration from Symantec AntiVirus to Symantec Endpoint Protection

License upgrade actions

 

Table: License update actions during an upgrade

Release

Action

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x (enterprise version)

Adds and activates upgrade license.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.0 Small Business Edition to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x Small Business Edition

Keeps the same license.

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x Small Business Edition to Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.x (enterprise version)

Removes the old licenses, adds, and activates upgrade license.

Supported migration paths for the Symantec Endpoint Protection Mac client

Technical acronyms

  • MR = Maintenance Release (Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x, versions before 11.0.5002)

  • RU = Release Update (Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.x, 11.0.5002 and later)

  • MP = Maintenance Patch (applies to MR or RU)

  • PP = Point Patch (applies to MP; not very common)

 


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