How to change endpoint protection from managed to unmanaged

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How to change endpoint protection from managed to unmanaged
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Businesses have to be extra careful with their computer security. Symantec Endpoint Protection was created specifically for business users to provide antivirus, antispyware and firewall protection to all clients on the network. When installing the program on a computer, the manager can decide to set the protection as "managed". Uninstalling and reinstalling the program just to change this setting is time-consuming. Use the SylinkDrop tool located on your installation CD to change the protection settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Symantec Endpoint Install CDs

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  1. 1

    Insert Symantec installation CD 1 and open the "SEP" folder. Find the file labelled "Sylink.xml" and copy it to the computer desktop.

  2. 2

    Insert installation CD 2 and navigate to the following folder: "CD2\TOOLS\NOSUPPORT\SYLINKDROP." If this folder is not located on CD2, then it will be located in CD3.

  3. 3

    Double-click the file named "SylinkDrop.exe" to run the program.

  4. 4

    Select "browse" when the program starts. Select the "Sylink.xml" file and click "open."

  5. 5

    Select "Update Sylink" and the program will automatically change the endpoint protection to unmanaged.

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