Importing client installation packages into
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager

You may need to import a client installation package into
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
if you upgrade to a newer version of
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
using a database that you have restored from a previous version. The database includes older client installation packages, and you need to import the newer packages.
You should always keep the
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
version the same or later than the client version.
You can import an executable package such as .exe or .zip file packages directly, but it is not recommended. The .info file contains the information that describes the package and ensures proper migration to future builds of the
Symantec Endpoint Protection
client through delta updates. On the other hand, the
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
web console does not import the .info file format. In the web console, you can only import or export packages in a single file, such as in the .zip or .exe file format.
  1. To import client installation packages into
    Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
  2. Copy the installation package that you import to a directory on the computer that runs
    Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
    .
    The client installation package consists of two files. One file is named
    product_name
    .dat, and the other file is named
    product_name
    .info. These files automatically import during the installation or upgrade of
    Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
    . You can also get the packages from the
    SEPM/Packages
    folder of the installation file.
  3. In the console, click
    Admin
    >
    Install Packages
    .
  4. Under
    Tasks
    , click
    Add a Client Install Package
    .
  5. In the
    Add a Client Install Package
    dialog box, type a name and a description for the package.
  6. Click
    Browse
    .
  7. In the
    Select Folder
    dialog box, locate and select the
    product_name
    .info file for the new package you copied in step 1, and then click
    Select
    .
  8. When the
    Completed successfully
    prompt appears, click
    Close
    .
    To export the installation files and make them available for deployment, click
    Export this Package
    , and then complete this procedure.
    After you successfully import the package, you can see a "Package is created" event in the System > Administrative log. The event is described with text similar to "Successfully imported the SEP 12.1 RU5 32-bit package by
    Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
    . This package is now available for deployment."