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Run Symantec Protection Center (SPC) on VMWare Workstation

Created: 27 Oct 2011 • Updated: 27 Oct 2011 • 10 comments
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1. Install Symantec Protection Center (SPC) on a physical machine which fullfill the requirement.

2. Use ghost bootable disk to create ghost image(GHO).

3. Create a virtual machine in VMware, boot up using ghost bootable disk, restore the ghost image created in step 2.

4. The virtual machine created in step 3 not able to boot, it will blue screen when boot up.

5. Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client, convert the virtual machine image to VMware Workstation image.

6. Bootup successfully. U can change the RAM to 2GB.

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patriot3w's picture

1. Extract the setup64.exe from the vmware-tools ISO. If you don't know how to extract, please run and copy from the temp folder.

2. Run vcredist_x64.exe /q

3. SC config msiserver start= demand

4. Msiexec /i "VMware Tools64.msi"

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Why not simply install to VMWare to begin with? And then make other modifications, like you suggest, after the fact?

I will admit I haven't installed to Workstation, so if it won't install at all, please let us know. Otherwise, the perferred method is to have your ISO on the datastore where you will be installing to, mount the ISO, run the installation, then mount the Windows 2008 R2 Web Core (NON SP1) disk when asked and complete the installation.

In a non dev environment you won't have access to the command line, nor will you be able to install the VMWare tools, etc.

This is a locked down security appliance.

Regards

Russ Scovel
Inside Systems Engineer

Altiris SOS – Endpoint Management and Mobility
Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

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patriot3w's picture

Hi rscovel,

1. I tried to install on my VMWare Workstation(not ESX), I had issues like no network card driver, not able to bootup after install.

2. It's locked down, when you bootup it will open SPC console ( which is done by winlogon registry). However you can change to cmd.exe ( default shell for Windows 2008 R2 Web Core) .

3. I will try again on VMWare Workstation and update you the result.

Thank you.

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Customers have the opportunity to install drivers needed on the system after the hardware check.

For VMWare:
Support has created articles on how to install WMWare network drivers during the WinPE 3.0 installation process of SPC 2.0.

You can find the article at: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH171671

For physical hardware:
To install updated or non-standard Windows 2008 R2 drivers you can read: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH169283

What end result are you trying to achieve? How will you use the appliance after you get it onto VMWorkstation? If you want to have an offline discussion, please send me a message or email.

We are working on providing more self-support tools in future releases. To help in this endeavor you are encouraged to visit the IDEAS section and post suggestions for improvement in the interface as well as tell us exactly what tools are needed and how they would benefit the community at large.

Regards

Russ Scovel
Inside Systems Engineer

Altiris SOS – Endpoint Management and Mobility
Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

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patriot3w's picture

Hi rscovel,

Thank you for your help.

1. I added ethernet0.virtualDev="e1000" in vmx file, SPC successfully detected as Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Network without load the driver from vmware tools.

2. Time zone list it's not a full list. 

3. When prompted to load Win2k8 to Primary DVD Drive, I actally loaded to secondary DVD Drive, the setup still can continue.

4. The reason I changed the shell to cmd.exe is to enable RDP. So I can remotely manage the server.

5. Maybe can create two buttons for cmd.exe and enable RDP on SPC Console.

Thank you.

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Hello Huan Zhou;

Thanks for the reply.

We are working on getting the Time Zone list updated to a full list. :)

We understand about the desire to have RDP.

The main thing to remember about SPC 2.0 is that it is marketed as a security appliance.

Typically appliances do not have extensive management features when it comes to the base OS, and this is the model that we are using.

Symantec manages all updates for the base OS, etc.

This is necessary to maintain a supportable appliance and ensure the continued operation of the multiple integrated componenets.

Good luck with your project.

Russ Scovel
Inside Systems Engineer

Altiris SOS – Endpoint Management and Mobility
Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

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patriot3w's picture

Hi rscovel,

It took me few hours to install SPC on my VM workstation. After installation, it said can not find network card....

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I am sorry to hear that.

Were you not able to extract the VMWare Tools drivers and install them per the article referenced above during the setup process?

Regards

Russ Scovel
Inside Systems Engineer

Altiris SOS – Endpoint Management and Mobility
Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

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AR Sharma's picture

Vote Up because your discussion helped me upto some extent!

Thanks & Regards,

AR Sharma, CISSP

IBM Certified System Admin- Lotus Domino V7

ITIL V2 Certified

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Thanks!, and let me know if you have any questions.

Feel free to create a new entry unless you think it should be included in this thread.

Regards,

Russ

Russ Scovel
Inside Systems Engineer

Altiris SOS – Endpoint Management and Mobility
Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

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