Overview of the Push Deployment Wizard in Endpoint Protection

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This article provides information about the Push Deployment Wizard included with Symantec Endpoint Protection.

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You can use the Push Deployment Wizard as an alternative to the Client Deployment Wizard to deploy client software by pushing the client software to remote computers and automatically installing it.

You would need Administrator rights / privileges to the Windows domain to which the client computers belong or to the computers themselves, if they are in workgroups.

You can use the Push Deployment Wizard to install clients in a remote location where you have few systems but the bandwidth between the two locations is very low and you are unable to install all the clients at one time.


Comparing the Push Deployment Wizard and the Client Deployment Wizard

You could use the Push Deployment Wizard in the following situations:

  • When you want to install client on a remote location where you have few systems but the bandwidth between the two locations is very low, so you are unable to install all the clients at one time
  • As a backup when the Client Deployment Wizard (integrated into the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM)) does not work
  • To deploy client installation packages from any machine, even when you don't have access to the SEPM console; you would need Administrator rights / privileges to the Windows domain to which the client computers belong, or to the computers themselves if they are in workgroups
  • If you have a pre-existing package; if you want to create a new or custom installation package, you must use the Client Deployment Wizard

For example, a Domain Administrator in charge of thousands of clients in the network, and wants to share the work of deploying the client packages with a back-up administrator, but does not want to share the access to the SEPM console. In that case, simply share the Push Deployment Wizard along with installation packages previously created from the SEPM. This action would help divide the job.

The Push Deployment Wizard is included in the full installation file for 12.1.6 and newer, in the Tools\PushDeploymentWizard\ folder. You can download this file, Symantec_Endpoint_Protection_12.1.6_Full_Installation_language.exe, from FileConnect, where language represents the product's language code.

For versions earlier than 12.1.6, the Push Deployment Wizard for Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 12.1.x was in the Tools and Documents download file.

See Related Articles for information on how to download files from FileConnect.
  

To use the Push Deployment Wizard

For this example, you copy the installation package and the Remote Deployment Tool across the network to avoid excessive bandwidth usage.

  1. Create or export an installation package, appropriate to the Windows client computer, as a single executable (.EXE). Ensure that the file name is setup.exe. 
  2. Copy setup.exe and the PushDeploymentWizard folder from the Tools and Documents download to the computer from which you want to deploy the Symantec Endpoint Protection clients within the internal network. 
    Note: For 12.1.5 and 12.1.6, copy the LIBEAY32.dll file to Tools/PushDeploymentWizard. For more information, see:
    Error: "The program can't start because LIBEAY32.dll is missing from your computer" when using the Push Deployment Wizard
  3. On the remote system, double-click PushDeploymentWizard\ClientRemote.exe, and then click Next.
  4. Click one of the following two options:
    1. Click Deploy Symantec Endpoint Protection full install or patch to push a full installation package or a downloaded client patch from FileConnect, and then click Browse to navigate to the folder that contains the .EXE file.
    2. Click Deploy self-installing executable to push the .EXE file using MSI command line switches, click Browse to navigate to the folder that contains the .EXE file, and then enter the command-line options. See Related Articles for more information on command-line options.
  5. Enter the maximum number of concurrent deployments, and then click Next.
  6. Select the computers in your network by browsing under Available computers, and then click Add to move them to Computers to deploy to. Alternately, you can create a list of IP addresses or host names, save it in a plain text file, then click Add or Import Computer and navigate to this text file to import the list.
  7. Click Finish.

Client-only patches can be found on the Symantec Support site in the Downloads area. You can also use the client-only installer packages available from FileConnect.

NOTE: Ensure that you are always using the latest version of the tool that is equal to or greater than the version of the client being deployed ensure compatibility.