Upgrading - Switching from Symantec to Sophos

Which is easier?

Did you know, switching to Sophos takes less effort, and causes less pain than upgrading to Symantec 11? In just four steps, you can remove Symantec AntiVirus and install Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection, then deploy it to all the computers on your network. In comparison, upgrading to Symantec Endpoint Protection involves six complex steps which include changing settings that leave you vulnerable. You'll find it really is easier to switch to Sophos.

Symantec guidance is taken from the migration information on www.symantec.com.

Switching to Sophos

To switch to Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection from Symantec AntiVirus you just need to follow these steps:

Upgrading to Symantec

You must complete the following steps to migrate Symantec AntiVirus to Symantec Endpoint Protection in the order listed:
1. Install Sophos Enterprise Console on the same server or parallel system (so you are still protected as you switch).

1. Uninstall the Reporting Server if you have it installed.

2. Deploy Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection to clients - automatically if you use Active Directory or using the wizard. Our integrated tool will ensure Symantec AntiVirus will be automatically removed.

2. Use Symantec System Center to configure settings for the management server and clients that prepare them for migration. These settings changes consist of: disabling scheduled scans, modifying Quarantine purge options, deleting histories, disabling LiveUpdate, disabling roaming, unlocking server groups, and disabling Tamper Protection.

3. Uninstall Symantec System Center.

3. Install the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager.

4. Migrate your legacy clients and servers.

5. Uninstall Symantec System Center.

6. Migrate legacy client or server that was used to protect the computer running Symantec System Center.

This is a generalized procedure. If you plan on managing endpoints with both Symantec System Center and Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, the steps are different.

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