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SCCM 2012 Packaging and deploying Sophos

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I am in a process of deploying Sophos Antivirus - I have 40 + locations and that many Sophos update servers. Actually My SCCM DP is a sophos update servers as well.

I am packaging sophos with the sophos deployment packager and it only allows me to specify 1 Sophos Update server.

I was thinking of using some sort of variable (Global) to manage the SophosConnectionAddress.

Has anyone tried this before or any suggestions? I am trying to avoid having 40 plus Applications just for Sophos for each Location.

Thank you
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Hi,

You could try using collection variables, but this would require 40 collections, which is not the best idea (fewer collections means better performance).

A much better way would be to use a stand-alone task-sequence. This will allow you to include all the logic. You just need to tick the box "run this outside of a deployment".

See a similar thread:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_28271216.html

In your case you can use Pascal/VBS style logic

If sitecode=Houston
       Set SophosCode=Server01
       Install Sophos /site:%sophosCode%
If sitecode=Denver
        Set SophosCode=Server05
        Install Sophos /site:%sophosCode%
Etc. - note command-line is fictions for just example

Another example on using variables, old but good is here:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2008/07/28/task-sequence-logic-tricks-using-mdt-variables.aspx

Tip: you can use copy and paste in the task-sequence editor, so copy the first top-level folder and past 39 times. Just edit the condition and you're done.

The alternative is script it, using a Case..Select condition but since the TS method takes about 6 minutes to do, it wins.

Mike
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Thanks Mike, I will email you later

I will look at solution and  let you know as well
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