Configuring Symantec Endpoint Protection to work with Windows Security Center

Article:TECH102402  |  Created: 2007-01-03  |  Updated: 2008-01-28  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH102402
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Environment

Issue



This document describes how to configure Symantec Endpoint Protection to work with Windows Security Center.


Solution



If you use Windows Security Center on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista, you can use the Antivirus and Antispyware Policy to set the following options on client computers:
  • The time period after which WSC considers definitions files to be out of date.
  • Whether WSC displays antivirus alerts for Symantec products on the host computer.

Note: Symantec product status is always available in the management console, regardless of whether WSC is enabled or disabled.


Configuring the Symantec Endpoint Protection client to disable Windows Security Center
You can configure the circumstances under which the client software disables WSC.

To configure Symantec Endpoint Protection to disable WSC
  1. On the Antivirus and Antispyware Policy page, click Miscellaneous.
  2. Click the Miscellaneous tab.
  3. Under Windows Security Center, in the Disable Windows Security Center drop-down list, select one of the following options:
    • Never: Never disable WSC.
    • Once: Disable WSC only once. If a user re-enables it, the client software does not disable it again.
    • Always: Always disable WSC. If a user re-enables it, the client software disables it again immediately.
    • Restore: Re-enable WSC only if Symantec Endpoint Protection disabled it.
  4. Click OK.

Configuring Symantec Endpoint Protection alerts to appear on the host computer
You can configure WSC to display alerts from the Symantec Endpoint Protection client.

To configure alerts to appear on the host computer
  1. On the Antivirus and Antispyware Policy page, click Miscellaneous.
  2. Click the Miscellaneous tab.
  3. Under Windows Security Center, in the Display Antivirus alerts within Windows Security Center drop-down menu, select one of the following options:
    • Disable: WSC does not display these alerts in the Windows notification area.
    • Enable: WSC displays these alerts on the Windows notification area.
    • Use existing setting: WSC uses the existing setting to display these alerts.
  4. Click OK.

Configuring the out-of-date time for definitions
By default, WSC considers Symantec definitions to be out of date after 30 days. You can change the number of days that definitions can be out of date during installation in the Windows installer. You can also change the setting in the Antivirus and Antispyware Policy.

On client computers, the Symantec Endpoint Protection client checks every 15 minutes to compare the out-of-date time, the date of the definitions, and the current date. Typically, no out-of-date status is reported to WSC because definitions are usually updated automatically. If you update definitions manually you might have to wait up to 15 minutes to view an accurate status in WSC.

To configure the out-of-date time for definitions
  1. On the Antivirus and Antispyware Policy page, click Miscellaneous.
  2. Click the Miscellaneous tab.
  3. Under Windows Security Center, under Display Windows Security Center message when definitions are outdated, type the number of days.
    You can also use the up or down arrow to select the number of days that the virus and security risk definitions can be out of date. The value must be in the range from 1 to 30.
  4. If you are finished with the configuration for this policy, click OK.



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