Create custom packages with Endpoint Security Package Designer

Endpoint Security Package Designer creates a customized client package (installation) .zip file that contains all the software you want to deploy and preconfigured policies.

Before you begin

  • Make sure that Endpoint Security is installed on managed systems. Package Designer checks to verify that it is installed.
  • Make sure that you have a source package to customize, if needed, as part of this process.
  • Make sure that you have downloaded and installed Package Designer on a system that has access to the source package you plan to customize.

Package Designer is a standalone tool that you can download from Software Manager. You need to install and run Package Designer on a managed or unmanaged system where Endpoint Security is installed; Package Designer uses the installed Endpoint Security files to generate the custom package. Once that package is created, you can deploy it to other systems.

Package Designer lets you select the client software and any preconfigured policy settings to include in the package file. You can then deploy the custom package files to managed systems in one of these ways:

  • As a standalone, command-line installer (such as SetupEP)
  • Using a McAfee ePO deployment task
  • Using a third-party network deployment tool
Tip: Best practice: To make sure that a policy enforcement doesn't overwrite the custom settings, use McAfee ePO (instead of the client console) to customize the settings, then use Package Designer to push the custom policy to the managed systems.

Each version of Endpoint Security has a corresponding version of Package Designer. To customize and deploy packages for Endpoint Security 10.6, use Endpoint Security Package Designer 10.6.

For information about installing and using Package Designer, see KB86438.

Task

  1. Open the Package Designer wizard.
  2. (Optional) On the Select Folders screen, select the source package file and destination folder for the custom package, then click Next.
  3. On the Modify Package screen, click Edit Settings to make any changes you need, then click Next.
  4. On the Select Modules and Settings screen, select the modules and settings to include.
    • Select each module — Modules installed on the local system are selected by default.
    • Select Default or Custom policies — For each module, select whether to include the default policies or custom settings, where available.
  5. (Optional) On the Select Executables screen, select executable files for programs you want to run before or after installation.
    The program you select is packaged into the installer and executed before or after the selected module is installed. You can include a standalone .exe file or a .zip file. A .zip file is useful when the selected program requires additional supporting files (for example, DLL and configuration files) to be present for it to run properly.
  6. On the Create Package screen, review and verify your selections and the content of the custom package, then click Create.
    A progress bar displays the status of your request.
  7. On the Package Completed screen, select an option:
    • Open Package Location — Navigates to the folder where the package was created. From there, you can check in the package to McAfee ePO for deployment, or deploy it by using third-party software.
      Tip: Best practice: Test custom packages before deploying them to your McAfee ePO environment.
    • Finish — Exits the wizard.