Saturday, December 24, 2011

Forefront Endpoint Protection Update 1 Updates tool

Have you been using Forefront Endpoint protection 2010. Hopefully you have found the time to update to the lastest release, Update 1.

What is critical to this update is the new update tool that allows you to really automate the download and push to the DPs. Before you had to do this manually, created a script or use another 3rd party script.

This tool should be copied to your Bin folder on machine performing the updates or referenced on the command line to run the program.

If you choose to create your own Deployment Management name and package name then you need to follow the switches for the application

SoftwareUpdateAutomation.exe” /AssignmentName FEP2010SignatureUpdates /PackageName FEP2010Signature

If you choose to use the defaults provided by the program then you simply need to run the .exe and sit back and watch. In the programsData folder there should be a log file name softwareupdateautomation.log. In here you can watch the program check the Deployment Management / Package and then download the files and update the DPs as necessary.

I recommend that you check your Deployment settings and set the program to use Binary Replication so you don't push all the files over and over again.