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Push out SEP to XP Home Clients

Created: 24 Jan 2008 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 3 comments

We have a small  Workgroup using XP Pro as SEPM server and XP home clients.  XP Home does not allow you to disable simple file sharing and will not allow me to map the c$ share per Symantec docs.  I have been getting authentication and network not found errors but no luck autheticating SEPM with XP Home. 

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GrahamA's picture
Some guidance on mapping a drive is available here:
 
If you have any issues, another option is to create the required client package via the SEPM console (admin page), export it to the local drive as a single exe, then copy the file over each XP home client (via network, ftp or burned CD or even USB drive) and kick it off locally. Once the install completes, each client will report into the SEPM and appear via the console. From that point onward, you can manage the clients as normal.

GrahamA Product Management, Symantec Security Solutions

Computer Slayer's picture

I am aware of how to map a drive. 

XP home's simple file sharing by default will not allow administrative mapping of c$.  I can map drives to the XP Home boxes but not with the administrative access required by SEPM.  By default XP home uses the guest account for drive shares.

Since this is a relativly small network I have been thinking about just doing a sneekernet install as you described, but my client would like to deploy through SEPM if possible.

GrahamA's picture
I believe you won't be able to use the built-in SEPM tools for deployment, due to the fact that you can't map admin shares. You'll most likely need to create/export the package, then copy to the available network share, host the package via web server or use some other such method... whichever you feel is most appropriate for each customer environment.

GrahamA Product Management, Symantec Security Solutions