About Support for Microsoft Windows 2000 in Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1

Article:TECH174069  |  Created: 2011-11-10  |  Updated: 2013-01-11  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH174069
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Can legacy Windows 2000 workstations and servers that are still in the company's environment be defended by Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1?  This OS is not listed among the System Requirements for Symantec Endpoint Protection, Enterprise and Small Business Editions, and Network Access Control 12.1 documents.


Support for Windows 2000 is no longer available from its manufacturer.  Microsoft's Mainstream Support End Date for Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional was June 30, 2005.  The Extended Support End date was July 13, 2010.  


While SEP 12.1 cannot be installed on this unsupported Windows 2000 OS, Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 can successfully protect Windows 2000 computers until they have been retired from the organization.

For such circumstances, a legacy SEP 11 client is included in the SEP 12.1 DVD .iso. ("SAVLegacy32.dat" in SEPM\AdditionalPackages)

SEP 11 clients can successfully be managed by a SEP 12.1 Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM).  A sylink.xml file from the desired SEP 12.1 client group can be imported ("dropped" or "replaced") on the SEP 11 client, enabling it to receive policies, definitions and other necessary communications from the SEPM.  For full details, please see the articles referenced below.


Please note: it is recommended that these legacy clients always be kept up-to-date with the latest release of SEP 11.  Whenever there is a new Release Update (RU) of SEP 11, administrators are encouraged to import its Client Install Packages into the SEP 12.1 SEPM and deploy them to the legacy clients.  See How to Install Symantec Endpoint Protection v. 11.x from the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager v.12.1? for details.


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