SPN WalkthroughBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-06-03 Email Print
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Channel Insider, with the help of Christopher A. Furey, managing director of Imaginamics, took SPN for a test drive to see if Symantec’s venture into SAAS is all it’s cracked up to be. To get started with SPN, users will need a valid account and access rights to the service. The initial setup of the product occurs by using a Web-based portal to access the client installation software. The first step is to download the agent installer, which took about three minutes on our broadband connection. The actual install, which consisted of launching the downloaded client applications, took about seven minutes to complete and required a reboot. For the first part of our tests, we used a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and installed version 126.96.36.1999 of the SPN agent.
Installers will need to keep in mind that SPN uses port 443 to authenticate between the agent on the PC and the portal server, and may have to make changes to firewalls or other security devices to ensure that the application works.