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Software Products and Software Releases

Created: 15 Jan 2013 | 2 comments


Can someone please explain what the difference is between Software Products and Software Releases in SMP 7.1?  Thanks.

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Alex Wilson's picture

Product -

A version-specific representation of an application and any of its updates or service packs. For example, Norton Internet Security 2008.

Release -

A full version of the software. Installation of a software release results in a complete and operational instance of the software.

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Hope this helps.

andykn101's picture

The Software Product is the licenseable entity, so Adobe Acrobat 8 and Adobe Acrobat 9 are different Software Products. For examples of what Symantec see as Software Products, go to Manage > Software Catalog > Managed Software products (select to show pre defined porducts if you are on SP2 to 7.1) and look at a few of the pre defined ones.

The Software Release is the deliverable containing a package (if required) and install command line. So Adobe Acrobat 8.1 and Adobe Acrobat 8.2 would be two separate Software Releases but both would be included in the Adobe Acrobat 8 Software Product.

For more ideas on creating Sofware Releases and Software Products see:

Authorised Symantec Consultant (ASC) with Endpoint Management Limited, an Authorised Symantec Delivery Provider based in the UK.

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