How can I install the Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh (SEP for Mac) client silently on a Mac?
You can silently install the Symantec Endpoint Protection client for Macintosh after an export of the package from a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager. This option prevents the regular installation screens from appearing. The SEP for Mac client installs according to the settings that the administrator defines, without intervention by the end user, who cannot change these settings.
To silently install Symantec Endpoint Protection for Mac
- Export the package from the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager. See Related Articles.
- Copy the package to a Mac.
- To expand the .zip file, right-click it, and then click Open With > Archive Utility.
- Navigate to Applications > Utilities, and then double-click Terminal.
- In Terminal, enter the following command, then enter your administrator password if prompted:
sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg pathToPackageFile -target /
pathToPackageFile is the path to the Symantec Endpoint Protection client package, within the installer files that you exported and copied to the Mac. This will vary, depending on SEP version. 12.1 RU2: Installer files consist of "Symantec Endpoint Protection.pkg" (the package file) and separate "Additional Resources" folder. 12.1 RU4: Installer consists of a single "Symantec Endpoint Protection Installer" app. Path to package file is: ".../Symantec Endpoint Protection Installer.app/Contents/Additional Resources/SEP.mpkg" 12.1 RU5 and above: Installer files consist of "Symantec Endpoint Protection Installer" app and separate "Additional Resources" folder. Path to package file is: ".../Additional Resources/SEP.mpkg"
Target of installer command for SEP must be the root of system drive ("/").
Since the installation package requires elevated privileges, you must authenticate using sudo and an administrator password.
Note: You can also use these steps for an unmanaged client installer, whether you export the client package from Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, or use the default unmanaged client installer provided with the installation file. See "Installing the Symantec Endpoint Protection client for Mac" under Related Articles.
If the file you copy to the Mac is a .dmg file, double-click it to mount it, and then proceed with Step 4.