This article discusses the best practices for protecting Windows 2000 servers with Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 (SEP) after SEP reaches End of Life on January 5, 2015.
After SEP reaches End of Life on January 5, 2015, Symantec will no longer test its definitions or Antivirus Engine releases on Windows 2000 servers. There is a high probability that future definitions or Antivirus Engines will fail to load on the Windows 2000 operating system, leaving the computer unprotected by SEP.
Organizations which need their Windows 2000 servers protected by SEP after January 5, 2015 are encouraged to follow one of the courses of actions recommended below.
Your course of action will depend on what version of Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager is installed in the environment. Follow the course of action listed underneath the version of the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager in your environment.
Note: Versions 12.1 RU5 and higher of Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager will retain a locked content revision for up to one year. After one year, the retained content will be deleted and the clients to which that content was assigned will attempt to update to the most recent content available from their manager console. If you expect that you will need to retain your Windows 2000 servers beyond January 5, 2016 and your Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager is version 12.1 RU5 or higher, you will need to perform one of the following actions:
No action is required for SEP 11 clients installed on Windows 2000 which rely on LiveUpdate to update their protection content. These machines will no longer update content after January 5, 2015.