You can use Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) to install Symantec client software. We assume that system administrators who use SMS have previously installed software with SMS. As a result, we assume that you do not need detailed information about installing Symantec client software with SMS.
Symantec client installation software requires that Microsoft Installer 3.1 run on client computers before the installation. This software is automatically installed if it is not on client computers, but only when you deploy with a single executable setup.exe. This software is not automatically installed if you deploy with the msi file. Computers that run Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, and Windows Vista include Microsoft Installer 3.1 or greater. If necessary, first deploy WindowsInstaller-x86.exe that is contained on the Symantec Endpoint Protection and the Symantec Network Access Control product disc. Upgrading to msi 3.1 also requires a computer restart.
Symantec recommends that SMS/SCCM packages launch Setup.exe rather than the MSI directly. This method ensures that the MSI engine can update to the minimum recommended version and also enables installer logging. Use the custom package creation feature in SMS/SCCM to create custom packages instead of the package wizard feature.
Table: Process for installing the client using Microsoft Systems Management Server lists the tasks to create and distribute Symantec client software with SMS 2003.
Table: Process for installing the client using Microsoft Systems Management Server