How to force client PCs to upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

Using Spiceworks I noticed that my client PCs use all kinds of versions of Microsoft Security Essentials, from v1 to v3. The AV definitions are all uptodate so that's not the problem. But I would like them to all upgrade to the newest version (and to do so automatically from now on).

I'm using WSUS and I've enabled Microsoft Security Essentials there but yet I've got all these different versions ... why? Or what's the problem?

Thanks a lot!

Question by:Xeronimo
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    You could use software dployment through group policy and send out msi installers to all the pc's in one bash

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    So Microsoft Security Essentials can't simply update/upgrade itself through the normal Windows Update?

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    I don't think it updates the version on it's own, which is by design. It doesn't change that often, but when it does, it's a major change, and would best be suited as a deployment...

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    Ok, I'll check out deploying through group policy then!
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    A little FYI

    Microsoft Security Essentials' end-user license agreement allows home users to download, install and use Microsoft Security Essentials on an unlimited number of their computers in their households free of any charges, so long as each computer has a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows. Small businesses are also allowed to install this product on up to 10 devices. The software license agreement however, denies the use of Microsoft Security Essentials in academic institutions, enterprises and governmental locations. The license agreement also denies the user the right to reverse-engineer, hack, decompile or disassemble Microsoft Security Essentials or to publish or disclose the results of benchmark tests of this software product to third parties without prior written approval from Microsoft Corporation

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