Windows 10 Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Client 12.1.6 Compatibility

Windows 10 has been out for some time now.  Upon first being released, Symantec Endpoint Protection clients that were on Version 12.1.5 or older were no longer compatible if upgrading to Windows 10.

Symantec released SEP Version 12.1.6 for Windows 10 users.  Fast forward to today and Microsoft has released a Feature Update to Windows 10, version 1607.  In order to install the update, users running SEP 12.1.6 are prompted to uninstall SEP because it is no longer compatible with the newer version of Windows 10.

There is however a new version of SEP client 12.1.6 that is compatible with Windows 10.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6 (12.1RU6 MP6) build 7061 (12.1.7061.6600) for enterprise users can be downloaded here by entering your serial number and downloading the file named Symantec_Endpoint_Protection_12.1.6_MP6_All_Clients_EN.zip.

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Symantec Endpoint Protection Windows 10 Compatability

Is Symantec Endpoint Protection compatible with Windows 10?

Only if it is the latest Symantec Endpoint Protection version 12.1.6.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 and previous versions are not compatible with Windows 10.

With Microsoft upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8 to their newest OS platform, Windows 10, businesses are evermore challenged in keeping their security solutions up to date.

Scenario:

We recently upgraded to SEP 12.1.5 and rolled out mostly unmanaged client and a few managed ones. Our organization is now ordering PCs with Winows 10 preinstalled and we need to update Symantec yet again for compatibility. Problem is, our organization does not have proper bandwidth resources to push out the SEP 12.1.6 client to all PCs. On top of that, most of our users are on thin clients. Our newest thin client images for HP t620 already include the SEP 12.1.5 client.

The question is this: Can I update SEPM to 12.1.6 to create the new package for Windows 10 PCs but leave all existing PCs/ thin clients on 12.1.5?  Will the 12.1.5 managed clients still talk to SEPM 12.1.6 and continue to download definitions without the need to update?   As long as the base version is the same (i.e 12.1.x) then SEPM and SEP client can be on different versions

http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/sepm-client-different-version

 

Additionally, posts on the official Symantec forum state that an unmanaged SEP 12.1.6 client can be installed on Windows 10 machines by downloading Symantec_Endpoint_Protection_12.1.6_MP3_All_Clients_EN.zip instead of updating SEPM to 12.1.6 .

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/symantec-endpoint-protection-and-windows-10-compatibility

Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) adds support for Windows 10 with 12.1.6 MP1.

For Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, a maintenance patch has been released on July 29, 2015. Customers will need to be current on maintenance to receive the maintenance patch update. For more information, visit our SEP 12.1 Windows 10 Knowledge Base.

You can upgrade to Windows 10 with Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6 MP1 installed. You must uninstall earlier versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection. The operating system upgrade stops if it detects an earlier version of Symantec Endpoint Protection.

The following operating system upgrade paths are supported with 12.1.6 MP1 installed:

  • Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

  • Windows 8 to Windows 10

  • Windows 7 to Windows 10

 

Symantec_Endpoint_Protection_12.1.6_MP3_All_Clients_EN.zip can be downloaded from the link below by entering your Symantec product serial number.

https://symantec.flexnetoperations.com/control/symc/registeranonymouslicensetoken

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