The content below is intended for IT administrators and can be used to help install and evaluate Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection version 6.0.

Key components

Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection consists of the following components and does not require any additional servers or resources in your environment.

Specops Deploy Server: Creates the Service Connection Points and IFP folder structures. The Specops Deploy Server also processes real-time feedback from the clients, and incoming IFP messages and places them in the Feedback database.

Administration Tools: Controls the client from the Active Directory Users and Computers console.

Specops Reporting: Creates reports of the data contained in the Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection feedback database.

Specops Deploy Client Side Extension: You can automatically configure an existing Group Policy Object with Software Installation settings to deploy the Client in your domain.

Note: The Client Side Extension is a required component for all Deploy products.


Your organization’s environment must meet the following system requirements:

Specops Deploy Server• Windows Server 2008 or later
Note: This can be an existing server or a dedicated server. This server does not have to be a physical server. It can be a virtual server.
Windows 7, 8, and 10 are supported for testing purposes only.
• SQL Server 2008 or later
Administration Tools• Active Directory and Users and Computers snap-in
• Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
Specops Reporting• IIS installed
Specops Deploy Client Side Extension• Windows 7 or later
• .NET Framework 2.0 or later

During installation, Specops Deploy will launch the Setup Assistant. The Setup Assistant contains installation information for all products from the Specops Deploy suite including Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection, Specops Deploy / OS, and Specops Deploy / App. You will only need to complete the installation steps for the product you plan on installing.

The Setup Assistant will help you install the following components for Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection:

  • Specops Deploy Server
  • Administration Tools
  • Specops Reporting
  • Specops Deploy Client Side Extension
  1. Download the Setup Assistant.
  2. Save and Run the Setup Assistant locally to a machine where you administer Group Policy.

Note: By default the file is extracted to C:\temp\SpecopsDeploy_Setup_[VersionNumber]

  1. Double click SetupAssistant.exe to launch the Setup Assistant.
  2. To begin, click Start Installation in the Specops Setup Assistant dialog box.

Installing the Specops Deploy Server

Installing the Specops Deploy Server will install the Specops Deploy Database on the local computer. You can install the Specops Deploy Server from the Setup Assistant in the Specops Deploy / App menu.

  1. In the main menu, select Specops Deploy Server Setup.
  2. Verify that you have fulfilled the prerequisites. If you do not meet the prerequisites, you may need to do the following:
    • Verify that you are running a valid operating system.
    • Verify that the account being used to run the Setup Assistant has local administrative permissions.
  3. Click Select User….
  4. Enter the Username and Password of the user account the service will run as, and click OK.

    • All operations performed by the Specops Deploy Server component will be performed in the context of the user account selected here.
    • If you are also installing Specops Deploy / OS, we do not recommend using the same service account.
  5. Click Select database… to select the SQL Server to install the database on.
    Note: To find the SQL server, the SQL server browser service must be running.
  6. Identify the server(s) you want to install the database on, and click OK.
  7. Click Install.

Installing the Administration Tools

Installing the Administration Tools will install the GPMC snap-in, and the Email Configuration tool. You can use the GPMC snap-in to create Endpoint Protection settings in Group Policy. You can use the Email Configuration tool to configure email settings for the Specops Deploy Server service.

The Administration Tools should be installed on the computer that you want to administer the product from.

  1. From the Deploy / Endpoint Protection menu, select Administration tools.
  2. Click Install.
  3. In the Installation succeeded dialog box, click OK.

Installing Specops Reporting

Specops Reporting will install the web application used to create reports of the data contained in the Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection feedback database.

If Specops Reporting has already been installed as a part of your Specops Inventory or Specops Command installation, you should update your existing version of Specops Reporting rather than installing a fresh copy.

Install Specops Reporting

  1. In the main menu, select Specops Reporting.
  2. Verify that you have fulfilled the prerequisites. If you do not meet the pre-requisites you may need to do the following:
  1. Verify that you are running a valid operating system.
  2. Verify that the account being used to run the Setup Assistant has local administrative permissions.
  3. Verify that IIS is installed.
  4. Click Select to identify the website where Specops Reporting will be installed.

Note: If there is more than one website running on your IIS, you may select which one you wish to use for the Specops Reporting component.

  1. Click Select database.. to identify the SQL server you want to install the database on.
  2. Click
Post-installation configuration

You will need to complete the following post-installation task once you have installed Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection:

  1. Deploy the Specops Deploy Client-Side Extension.
  2. Deploy the Forefront/System Center Endpoint Protection client:
    The Forefront/System Center Endpoint Protection client must be installed on your client computers. Specops recommends using Specops Deploy / App to deploy the client. For more information on Deploying Application through Specops Deploy App, see the Specops Deploy / App Administration Guide.
  3. Configure email settings:
    The email configuration settings are used to control where and how emails are sent from the system.

    1. Open the Specops Deploy / Endpoint Protection Email Configuration Tool.
    2. Click Edit.
    3. You must specify the following configuration items:
    4. SMTP Server Name: Specify the FQDN or IP-address of your SMTP server.
    5. SMTP Port Number: Specify a non-standard port to connect to the server.
    6. Email Sender Address: Enter the email address that will be used to send email.
    7. Recipient email address: This is the email address where the notification email will be sent. Multiple recipients can also be configured if the addresses are separated by a semi-color character.
    8. Click OK.