Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) Initial Setup

Cameron Mottus
Principal Consultant - Security at Insentra
The initial setup is easy. That's one of the selling features, that you can roll it out in an hour. (They might say 15 minutes or something like that). But the initial rollout, setting up SEPM server, you can do in an hour. Then, the challenge is that you can make it as complex as you want after that. It's very, very capable, but it can get quite complex. Symantec Endpoint Protection installation and Administration Guide is awesome. The documentation is good. They provide online training and you can also do instructor-led training. There should always be training available, or information available, to help you get where you have to go. That's one of the things I do like. I've been an instructor for Symantec for 10 years too, and I've taught the SEP course, and I think it covers off what you need to know. View full review »
Leopold Dapa
Country Director at socitech
The initial setup is a little bit complex. You need to have a certain level of training before being able to set up it. What is nice is that you can remotely install the set up on all of the infrastructures from the server, the SAPM, that is the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, you can manage all the endpoints but it's not really easy to set up or to configure the policies. Sometimes customers find it a little bit difficult to implement for the configuration because you need some knowledge to implement the feature. The setup depends on the issues of the network. The bottom line is if the network is really mastered, the policies on the network are really mastered in around three to four days for the new companies. We only need one person who is well trained to manage and support this solution. View full review »
Imtiaz Hussain
Malware Hunter and Incident Responder at Computer Network Systems
The initial setup is straightforward, not complex. For me, it's very easy. View full review »
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Subodh Sing
Consultant at Godimo IT
The initial setup is straightforward. I don't think it is complex. I have long experience as a system administrator. For me, as a technical person, it was straightforward. We definitely took support from Symantec and they helped us a lot in the deployment process. Since it was a long time back, I don't remember exactly how long the deployment took. We keep updating it now. But I don't think it took more than three working days, including deployment and automating installation for all the workstations. We shifted from another antivirus to this one. View full review »
Mamonoor Rashid
CEO at Tech Valley Networks Limited
The setup was straightforward. It takes very little time. It's not that complex. View full review »
Darren Braithwaite
IT Manager at Digitalis Reputation
I wouldn't say it was straightforward. There wasn't anything complex, either. Once you've done it once or twice, which I have, it's not as complex as it could be. It really depends on the size of the installation you're doing and the number of clients, etc. So obviously the bigger the installation, the more thought you need to put into it. I'd probably lean towards saying it was complex, it's not straightforward. We have approximately fifty users and only one admin, so I'm the only person who administers here. I think the largest installation I've had would probably be about 1000G's with about one, two, three, four, five, six, no about seven administrators, but yeah and here it's just about fifty devices. View full review »
SystemAdmin677
IT Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The initial setup is straightforward. Also, we have just updated, and the installation over the top of the old one was perfect. It saved all of the data that we had configured from the beginning, did a backup, installed the new version, and deleted the only one. It was good and simple. The deployment takes approximately one hour, and one person can handle both deployment and maintenance. View full review »
reviewer725523
General Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup is pretty simple. I believe that the tools that are available to do the deployment are not up to standard as compared to some of the other products, and we deal with all the other products. We know exactly what is available and what is possible. Compared to the other products available, Symantec is lacking in that department. View full review »
Laeeq Ahmed
IT Security Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Everything was straightforward. Nothing was complex. The installation was very user-friendly, where the engineer from Symantec had helped us to migrate this product from the older version to the newer version of Symantec. View full review »
Anthony Ndong
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
From my point of view, the initial setup of this solution was pretty easy. Only one person is required for the maintenance and to handle support assistance. Everything is done remotely. You just push the changes across the network. View full review »
Emiliano Santos
Group Brand Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
There were difficulties at the beginning with the setup. I wasn't directly involved with the initial setup but from what I heard, from the IT department, is that they encountered issues when attempting to create differentials between the principle, directors, and manager groups. The deployment and improvements took two months to implement because we have branch offices all over the place. Deployment required three people and support only requires one person; the IT manager. View full review »
Gulab Singh
Solutions Specialist Security at COMPAREX India Pvt. Ltd.
The initial setup is very straightforward, not complex. Deployment time depends on the user size. E.g., 200 users can be implemented in two days. View full review »
Heritier Daya
Network Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very easy. It took about 2-3 minutes to be up and start downloading all updates on the PC's. You don't have to do anything more because it has an ability to work on Linux and Microsoft Windows products also. View full review »
Dr. Suresh Hungenahally
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The initial setup was complex. There are too many moving parts. You have to install one bit, then install the reporting function, then install the dashboard, and so on. Then you have to open the manual and check it. If it is not correct the system will restart itself and cause so many complications, every part is pretty complex. View full review »
Karthik R S
Consultant at TNPL
The initial setup for this solution is easy. Not a problem. Our deployment took less than fifteen minutes, and a single engineer is enough for the maintenance. View full review »
LeadSysEn375629
Lead System Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The out-of-the-box functionality, the vanilla setup, is okay, but then tuning is needed. Overall the setup is straightforward. View full review »
SymanSEP677
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. View full review »
Arshad Mohammad Khan
Security Consultant at Accenture
Initial setup is easy and simple. View full review »
SEP677
Service Management Officer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup was quite complex. Even though it was complex, I was satisfied with the setup. View full review »
SEPend677
IT Associate Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
The setup was very straightforward. View full review »
Johnny Hadchity
IT System and Storage Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The initial setup is straightforward. Though, make sure to check the system requirements before deploying it. View full review »
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