Symantec Endpoint Protection Integration Component (SEPIC) is an Altiris Solution for the Symantec Management Platform 7.x. This provides a several functions to compliment Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), but is not a replacement for SEP or the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM). The following points illustrate how SEPIC works.
SEPIC is not a stand-alone application but is an Altiris Solution. SEPIC requires the Symantec Management Platform (SMP) to be installed onto its own dedicated server, which in return, requires a Microsoft SQL Server 2008. This infrastructure includes:
A SMP server.
A SQL Server 2008 server.
The Symantec Management Platform Agent is required to be installed on any clients to which SEPIC is expected to deploy a SEP install file. Once the SEP install file is on the client, it becomes the SEP Agent, which then checks in normally to the designated SEPM server.
SEPIC does not therefore run on the SEPM nor does it replace it.
SEPIC is greatly limited in what its overall abilities are, as compared to what the customer can do in the SEPM console itself. It does not replace SEP but compliments it if the customer also has an Altiris environment.
Note: As establishing an Altiris/SMP environment could a considerable undertaking, the customer may wish to consider whether it is practical to invest in this entire infrastructure if the sole purpose is to only use SEPIC.
There is no SEPIC install file. All files provided that claim to install SEPIC, such as from File Connect or the Symantec Downloads web page, are really the Symantec Installation Manager (SIM) installation file. This is the file required to begin the installation of the SMP server, and acts as a "Add or Remove Programs/Licensing" tool for Altiris Solutions. Once SIM has installed itself then the SMP (which in turn connects to a SQL Server 2008 server), Altiris Solutions such as SEPIC can be installed in SIM and then configured for use.
SEPIC provides the following benefits (summarized) in the Symantec Management Console (SMC) via an Internet Explorer browser:
Install SEP agents to Altiris clients that have the Symantec Management Platform Agent on them. These are made by the customer in their SEP Management console (setup.exe), which is copied over to the SMP server for use in a SEPIC package.
When SEPIC installs the SEP install file, it will also uninstall certain older versions of SEP and also certain designated competitor's antivirus products. It can also upgrade older versions of SEP to the current version as provided by the SEP install package.
Basic reports and graphs are available to see antivirus versions installed, managed/unmanaged client lists and a few other basic information reports.