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Installing windows Defender with McAfee products

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we use Mcaffe in our network.
workstations are WXP they have MCafee Virusscan enterprise and epolicy orchestrator agent we don't have Mcafee anti spyware yet. We are planning to use Windows Defender in all workstations, as it's free.
Now our concern is, are we going to have any negative impacts installing Windows Defender along with the existing MCafee Virusscan enterprise and epolicy orchestrator agent in the same computer?

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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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shouldn't.......windows defender is different than firewall and antivirus software....it runs a single background service and that's all......updates automatically with windows automatic updates and pops up only when it detects something bad.....and these options can be turned off easily in the options.....personally i like and recommend it always :)
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I downloaded and installed windows defender on my PC now when I open it and click Check for Updates Now, after a while it will come back the same window.
I also want to know if there is a way to deploy it to all users in our network.
We have Windows domain.

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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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it will use Windows Automatic Updates to update itself, you just have to enable the AU, and that's all.

deployment of windows defender is possible through group policy, but i couldn't find step-to-step instructions on that anywhere......will post back if will find somewhere :)
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ok I deployed the windows defender through GPO.
but users are able to change the settings, such as the time to run the scan. I would like to have all the setting grayed out for users I mean in the setting/options
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by the way does the windows defender gets the update through windows Update or it's separate?
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>>  I would like to have all the setting grayed out for users
Description of the Windows Defender Group Policy administrative template settings
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927367

>> by the way does the windows defender gets the update through windows Update or it's separate?
yes it uses Windows Updates to get its updates....if you are using WSUS.....you can use that too to update WD.
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<<<if you are using WSUS.....you can use that too to update WD.>>>>
where to confugure that?
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you mention the admin template.
Do I need first to deploy windowsdefender.msi then the template? can you please describe the steps?
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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>> where to confugure that?
How to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy definition updates to computers that are running Windows Defender
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919772

>> can you please describe the steps?
i have nothing at my end to test this thingie for writing down the steps....we are not using group policies here at our work place.....and as i said before too.....i couldn't find aything on MS or internet which describes this procedure stepwise....sorry about that =\
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If I understand you install the windows defender and make it not visible to end users and configure WSUS to update the windows defender. Is this what you meant?
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yeps....its supposed to be like this :)
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this might be the last question.

DO you deploy windowsdefender.msi and its admin template? so I will need 2 GPOs to do that.
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yeps.....one for the installation......the other for configuring the options for windows defender using the admin template it provides :)
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