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Creating custom Windows client installation packages in the Endpoint Protection Manager

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Creating custom Windows client installation packages in Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager


In the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM), how do you create and configure a custom installation package for Windows for Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP)?

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Note: Client Install Settings and Client Install Feature Set configurations only apply to Windows install packages. You can export a Macintosh or Linux install package through Admin > Install Packages > Client Install Package, but the configuration options differ.
 

To create a new custom client installation settings configuration

Note: Some options may not appear in older versions of the management console. This procedure applies to 12.1.6 or later.

  1. In Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM), click Admin > Install Packages > Client Install Settings.
  2. Under Tasks, click Add Client Install Settings.
  3. Enter the name and the description for the custom Client Install Settings.
  4. Specify these and other options in the Basic Settings tab:
    • An installation type
    • The installation location (default or custom folder)
    • The size of the client
      Click What are the limitations? for more information.
    • Whether to automatically uninstall existing security software
      See Related Articles for a list of third-party products that the client installer can uninstall. As of 14, you can also remove existing installations of Symantec Endpoint Protection that you cannot uninstall through standard methods, such as Windows Control Panel. 
    For more information, click Help.
  5. In the Restart Settings tab, specify the restart method that you require from the available options:
    • Forced restart
    • Delayed restart
    • No restart
    • Custom restart
    For more information, click Help.
  6. Click OK.

 

To create a new custom feature set

  1. In SEPM, click Admin > Install Packages > Client Install Feature Set.
  2. Under Tasks, click Add Client Install Feature Sets.
  3. Specify the following:
    • The name for the feature set
    • A description of the feature set
    • The product version to which the feature set applies
    • The features to include in an installation package created using this feature set
      This list will vary depending on the feature set version you choose.
  4. When you are finished, click OK.

 

To create a new custom install package

  1. In SEPM, click Admin > Install Packages > Client Install Package.
  2. Under Tasks, click Export Client Install Package.
  3. Specify the following:
    • A folder in which to save the exported package
      You can browse to an existing folder, or create a new folder, and select it.
    • Whether to create a single .EXE file
      Unchecking the single .EXE option exports a folder of mutiple files, including an *.MSI installer file.
    • The installation settings configuration
    • The Client Install Feature Set
    • The group to which the client belongs If you have not created any custom groups, click Default Group, with Add clients automatically to the selected group checked.
    • The preferred Policy Mode
      The default is computer mode.
  4. Click OK.

The new install package is created in the location you specified.

You can also use the custom installation settings and the custom feature sets with the Client Deployment Wizard. See Related Articles for more information on client installation methods.