Endpoint Security Ravensburg

So you want to deploy FEP to a collection?  Good.  Let’s get started.

Select the collection you want to deploy FEP to, right click on it, choose Distribute, then Software.


You’ll want to select the existing package Microsoft Corporation FEP – Deployment 1.0 .  This package was created when FEP was installed.  FEP installs the package but it’s up to you for it to be on the distribution points.

I’m going to choose my only DP since this is a small test lab.

I want to choose Install Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 after removing other installed blah blah blah.  Products FEP can uninstall are listed here More information about FEP and uninstalling other antivirus products can be found here

Please keep in mind that you should test this in a controlled environment before deploying.  To date I have seen FEP not uninstall Symantec Live Update (because it’s not av) but then complain that it’s a competing product.  Test in your own environment please.


In this example it doesn’t matter since the collection does not contain other subcollections.

We don’t want this advertisement to expire since we want this on everything in our collection.

Yes we want to assign the program so it’s mandatory.  This way new clients in the collection will get FEP installed automatically


And we’re done.

At this point FEP should uninstall old AV(including MOM for FCS) and install FEP the next time the client(s) checks in.

The next thing I want to do is distribute policies (settings) to clients in the collection.

Right click the collection, Distribute, Software.


We’re going to chose Microsoft Corporation FEP – Policies 1.0.  This was created when FEP was installed.

We’re going to choose what DPs this should be at.

I’m going to chose the Default Desktop Policy as an example.


Doesn’t matter since there are no subcollections.

NO this should never expire.

Yes make it mandatory.



Now what I recommend is going into the advertisement and setting a reoccurring time for the policies to update.  This way if you make a change to a policy in an x amount of time your change will be on the workstations on a regular basis.  If not you would have to re-run the advertisement.  Also notice the Program rerun behavior is set to Always rerun program.  You want this because if not any new changes to your settings/policies would not be ran and applied.

I’m sure there will be a debate of either rerun your advertisement after you make a change or let it happen on a schedule.  Either way will give you the same end result.  It’s up to you to decide what is preferred.

| Jan 15, 2011 | |

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