SEP12.1.2 Package Export Issue

This week we upgraded the production Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) server to 12.1.2 (aka 12.1 ru2).   Unlike previous upgrades on the production server, this one was smooth as silk.   Before leaving, we exported the 32 bit workstation client packages and there was no issue with that.   The next day my officemate was trying to …

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SEP Best Practices for Virtualization

Just last week someone commented on a very old post asking if my problems with virtualization with Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) were ever solved.   That was a addressed in an early maintenance release for SEP11.  That was a very specific specific issue. This week Symantec released an updated Best practices for virtualization with Symantec Endpoint Protection …

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Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2 Released

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2 has been released.  The release notes are available here.   The download is available through Fileconnect.   The same serial number as for 12.1 worked for me. Of primary interest to me is support for Windows 2012, Windows 8 and Apple OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). The Client Deployment Wizard can now deploy …

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Symantec Source Code Stolen

Source code for Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 and Symantec Antivirus 10 has been stolen. According to speculation in news reports, the source code had been provided to the Indian government and was compromised from their servers. Security companies often provide source code to be able to sell software in a country. I suppose they are worried about …

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Scanning External Drives on Connection

Over on Symantec Connect (the Symantec support forum), I frequently see people ask about the ability to automatically scan a removable drive when it is connected to a system.   They also submit it as an “idea”.   The Idea section is where you can make product suggestions that users can discuss and vote up or down. I …

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SEP 12.1 RU1 Released

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU1 is out.   The list of fixes and features is here. I upgraded my test server no problem.   That is the server where everything always works out fine. SEP 12.1 RU1 is version 12.1.1000.157.    The previous version was 12.1.671.4971.   So of course when you log into SEPM, click on admin and Client Install …

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Symantec Report on Chemical Industry Phishing

Symantec published a report earlier this week about an attack on the Chemical Industry.   They call this attack Nitro. In one example of the attack, an encrypted 7zip file is used.   Encryption prevents scanners from examining the contents of the file. Some SMTP gateways, block encrypted files by default.   Most places find that hurts productivity more than …

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More Fun with SEP GUIDs.

After fighting with duplicate hardware IDs in Symantec Endpoint Protection not that long ago, it was surprising to find the problem back again.   Were these left over from the original problem, or was this a return engagement.   And if it was a problem cropping up again, was it caused by someone forgetting to do the …

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SEPM Database Fun

Tuesday morning I received an email no Symantec Endpoint Manager admin wants to receive From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:13 AM To: Roger Subject: Database is down Message from:     Server name: asdfasdf     Server IP: x.x.x.x     The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager database has gone down and needs immediate attention. I went through …

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