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What's new in Small Business Edition 12.1

Created: 09 Apr 2012 • Updated: 16 Jul 2012 | 3 comments
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Updated 16th July'12


Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition incorporates many of the features from the enterprise edition. It is designed for small-to-medium businesses with up to 250 clients. Previous version used to support only 100 computers.

SEP 12.1 SBE provides several improvements over previous versions, including additional operating system, platform, and browser support, improved installation process, streamlined performance, enhanced management features, and new support for virtual environments. 

Go through : System Requirements for SBE 12.1

                   System Requirements for SBE 12.1 RU1

Additional Supported Operating Systems from SBE 12.1 RU1

Windows Small Business Server 2003

Windows Embedded Standard 7

Windows XP Embedded SP3 and later 

The Symantec Endpoint Protection Macintosh client now supports Mac OS 10.7 Lion.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager and the Symantec Endpoint Protection client now support the following additional virtual platforms:

  • VMware Workstation 7.0 or later
  • VMware ESXi 4.0.x or later
  • VMware ESX 4.0.x or later
  • VMware Server 2.0.1
  • Citrix XenServer 5.1 or later

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager now supports the following Web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0, 9.0
  • Firefox 3.6, 4.0 

Firefox 5.0 is not supported at this point.

The following notifications are pre-defined and operational after a fresh installation of SEP SBE 12.1 or upgrade from SEP 12.0:

Server Health.
Virus Definitions Out-of-date.
Risk Outbreak.
New Client Software.
Paid License Issue.
Over Deployment Issue.
Trialware License Expiration.
Client List Changed.
Migration from previous versions:
Existing notifications are preserved.
Preserved notifications of type, “New software package”:
Client package” check box is checked.
Security Definitions” check box is unchecked.
License assignment in SEP 12.1 SBE
Same licensing mechanism as in SEP 12.0.
Strict enforcement for over deployment and license expiration.
SBE assigns licenses individually to clients.
License assignment process runs every time a license change or client change occurs
License enforcement:
Hard enforcement for all licenses and over deployment.
Server side enforcemen --> Blocks launching LiveUpdate from SEPM.
Client side enforcement --> Blocks all channels for content download.
Supported Upgrade paths:

SEP SBE 12.0 > SEP SBE 12.1 (SBE Upgrade)
  Keeps the same license

SEP SBE 12.O or SBE 12.1 > SEP 12.1 (EE upgrade)
   Remove old licenses, adds and activates upgrade license


In which scenerio's customer may upgrade from SBE to EE

To know the SPC upgrade process please go through the following Article or Video

Improved upgrade and migration processes
Side-by-side (SxS), replace on reboot, installation strategy
SEP 12.1 installer writes the new files to a new folder.
Every install gets a new folder (silo).
Change install path during a migration.

Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition clients will upgrade automatically once the Symantec Protection Center has been upgraded. No further action is required on your part to complete the upgrade process

If you would like to manually upgrade the clients to the latest version please see:  

How to deploy a Symantec Endpoint Protection Client from the Symantec Protection Center (SPC) Console

However, To disable the auto-upgrade feature for clients

  1. Login to the Symantec Protection Center Console.
  2. Select the Computers page.
  3. Under My Company select the group that includes the clients you would like to prevent from using the auto-upgrade feature.
  4. Under Tasks select Edit the group properties.
  5. Click the checkbox for Disable Automatic Client Package Updates.
  6. Click OK.


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