Installs Symantec Endpoint Protection on Windows nodes
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Installs Symantec Endpoint Protection from internal package repository.


Has been tested on Windows Server 2008. Should work on other Windows family platforms.


You must set up an internal package repository to distribute Symantec by HTTP.

The recipe looks for the Setup file at http://yum.($domain)/symantec/symantec-($kernel.machine)-setup.exe, by default.


  • symantec['appid'] - Used to build the uninstall command
  • symantec['install_source'] - Internal http repository with Symantec binary
  • symantec['install_options'] - Defaults to silent mode, with LiveUpdate, and no reboot


Install Symantec

Add symantec::default to your run_list. The recipe will remove itself from the run_list after the first successful run. Symantec has done a nice job creating a non-standard MSI package which is not particularly easy to automate by resource. This was the only way which I could guard the recipe with idempotent installation behavior.

Uninstall Symantec

Add symantec::undo to your run_list. The recipe will remove itself from the run_list after Symantec has been uninstalled. The recipe also requests a reboot, upon successful execution. See the windows_reboot documentation accompanying the Opscode windows cookbook, to disable the windows_reboot handler.

License and Author

Author: Eric G. Wolfe (

Copyright 2011-2012, Eric G. Wolfe

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