SEPM Upgrade Travails

Last night I started upgrading Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.4 to 11.0.5. I’ve been doing these upgrades since 7.0.1 and they rarely go smoothly this one did not disappoint. As with most of these debacles, the development server upgraded without an issue. The production server looked like it installed cleanly until I went to start the …

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Symantec Steps into software as a service

I thought this article was interesting, Symantec Steps into Software as a Service. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said that the launch of its Online Backup Service, which provides outsourced data storage and disaster recovery services to SMB customers, is merely the first piece in a wider set of offerings it will introduce dubbed Symantec Protection …

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Unplanned Business Continuity Drill

As I was getting ready to leave for work this morning, I got a voicemail message from my manager indicating our corporate headquarters is closing today at 8:30 am due to a A/C failure and that I should work from home. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem. However, yesterday I left work at 9:15 pm …

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SAV 10- What’s New

The SAV Installation Guide (savinst.pdf in the docs directory or check the support site) lists what is new in this release. Security Risk Detection and Removal This is Symantec’s code for spyware, adware and assorted security risks. In this version Symantec can now detect spyware via autoprotect. This is an important improvement from SAV 9 …

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Strong Process Controls bring Security

Gene Kim, the CTO of Tripwire did a study of hundreds of organizations in late 2002 and early 2003. He found that many organizations were struggling with patch management and with system administrator to server ratios of 1 administrator to 5 or 6 servers. Other organizations were humming along with ratios that had one administrator …

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