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print this documentDocument ID:2008042213451848
Last Modified:07/06/2010

How to deploy the Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) client Release Update 5 or later with current virus definitions and intrusion prevention signatures.

Situation:How can I deploy a client installation package with current definitions and intrusion prevention signatures?

Solution:These steps are not recommended unless the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager is on version Release Update 5 or later.

This process consists of the following main steps:
  • Gather the current definitions from either the SEPM or the SEP client
  • Export a client installation package from the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) then modify the definition and intrusion prevention signatures included with that package.

Gathering current virus definitions and intrusion prevention signatures from the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

Virus Definitions
1. Navigate to the current virus definitions within the Endpoint Manager content folder. The default path is:
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\Inetpub\content\{C60DC234-65F9-4674-94AE-62158EFCA433}

2. Within the "{C60DC234-65F9-4674-94AE-62158EFCA433}" folder there will be several numbered folders. Open the newest of these folders.
To determine the age of the folders click View, then click Details. The newest folder will have the most recent Date Modified value.

3. Copy the file labeled "full.zip" and paste it to the desktop.
On the desktop, rename the copy from "full.zip" to "vdefhub.zip"

IDS Definitions
1. Navigate to the current intrusion prevention signatures within the Endpoint Manager content folder. The default path is:
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\Inetpub\content\{D3769926-05B7-4ad1-9DCF-23051EEE78E3}

2. Within the "{D3769926-05B7-4ad1-9DCF-23051EEE78E3}" folder there will be several numbered folders. Open the newest of these folders.
To determine the age of the folders click View, then click Details. The newest folder will have the most recent Date Modified value.

3. Copy the file labeled "full.zip" and paste it to the desktop.
On the desktop, rename the copy from "full.zip" to "IPSDef.zip"

NOTE for 64-bit clients: To deploy content to 64-bit clients, use "full.zip" files in the following folders:

IPS signatures for 64-bit clients:
{42B17E5E-4E9D-4157-88CB-966FB4985928}

Virus Definitions for 64-bit clients:
{1CD85198-26C6-4bac-8C72-5D34B025DE35}

> Follow the procedure below "Export a client installation package" to create a client installation package, and replace the vdefhub.zip and IDSDef.zip with the updated copies.
> Run the setup.exe as normal, or create a self extracting executable using the procedure below "To create a self extracting executable package" .


Gathering current virus definitions and intrusion prevention signatures from an existing Symantec Endpoint Protection Client

First be sure that the client has been updated to the current AV and IDS content definitions.

Virus Definitions
1. Navigate to the current virus definitions within the SEP Client. The default path is: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\VirusDefs\

2. Zip the contents of the latest dated definition folder (e.g 20100423.002) to vdefhub.zip
NOTE: Be sure to zip the contents of the folder, not the folder itself.

NOTE: On Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Server 2008 the folder is in the following location:
C:\ProgramData\Symantec\Definitions\VirusDefs\<dated definition folder>

IDS Definitions
1. Navigate to the current IDS definitions within the SEP Client. The default path is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SymcData\cndcipsdefs

2. Zip the contents of the dated definition folder (e.g. 20100416.002) to IDSDef.zip
NOTE: Be sure to zip the contents of the folder, not the folder itself.

NOTE: On Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Server 2008 the folder is in the following location:
C:\ProgramData\Symantec\Definitions\SymcData\cndcipsdefs

> Follow the procedure below "Export a client installation package" to create a client installation package, and replace the vdefhub.zip and IDSDef.zip with the updated copies.
> Run the setup.exe as normal, or create a self extracting executable using the steps in "To create a self extracting executable package" below.


Export a client installation package

Export a client installation package that is not a single executable.

To export a client installation package please refer to the following document:
Creating custom Client Installation packages in the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Console
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/docid/2007110513361348

Navigate to the exported package.
Replace vdefhub.zip and IPSDef.zip within the exported package folder with the ones created above.

Clients deployed using this package will install with the modified virus definition and intrusion prevention signatures.


To create a self extracting executable package

To make the up-to-date package created above into a single executable file.

1. Navigate to the exported package with up to date definitions created in the steps above.
2. Archive the contents of the exported package using the zip archive format.
For Operating Systems that have an integrated zip utility (Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008):
Click Edit then Select All
Click File > Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder

3. Name the archive "input.zip"
4. Move the input.zip file to C:\
5. Open a command prompt and navigate to the following directory:
    >For Windows 32-bit operating systems type: cd C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\tomcat\bin\
    >For Windows 64-bit operating systems type: cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\tomcat\bin\
6. Enter the following command:
makesfx.exe /zip="c:\input.zip" /sfx="output.exe" /title="Symantec Endpoint Protection" /defaultpath="$temp$\sepinst" /autoextract /delete /exec="setup.exe"
7. Once the command is complete the output.exe will be available at the path in step six and will run the installer when executed. (For more information on command line switches for MakeSFX.exe type "makesfx.exe /?" at the command prompt).

Note - If you want a complete silent installation, create the package in the SEPM with a custom configuration that includes the "silent" option and then use this command to create the .exe:

makesfx.exe /zip="c:\input.zip" /sfx="output.exe" /defaultpath="$temp$\sepinst" /autoextract /delete /nogui /exec="setup.exe"

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Product(s): Endpoint Protection 11
Operating Systems(s): Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Server 2003 Web/Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter Edition, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition
Date Created: 04/22/2008

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