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Summary

Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac helps protect your computer and network from threats such as a virus or malware. 

This article gives the answers to the most frequently asked support questions about System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac.

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Q1: What is System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
A1: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac brings the protection, the smart proactive detection, and the small footprint of our ThreatSense® technology to the Mac. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac helps protect you and your network from emerging and cross-platform (that is, Windows, Linux, and Mac) threats without system slowdowns. Advanced heuristic technology recognizes and removes new threats.

Q2: Mac OS X is a very secure operating system. Why do I need an antivirus product for it?
A2: Home users and business users who share files and email messages between Mac and other platforms such as Windows or Linux can unknowingly spread threats without being affected themselves.

Q3: Is there a [version of] System Center 2012 Smart Security for Mac? [TK]
A3: No, System Center 2012 Smart Security for Mac does currently not exist.

Q4: Is there a Mac System Center 2012 security product for home users?
A4: Yes, home users can use System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac to help protect their computers from virus and malware threats.

Q5: When will System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac be released?
A5: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac has already been released and is available in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (VLSC). For information on how to install System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac please see the following:

KB2680454 - How to install System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2680454)

Q6: What languages will be available for Mac Business Edition?
A6: The latest version is available in English, in French, in French-Canadian, in Spanish, and in several other languages

Q7: Where can I purchase and download System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
A7: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac is available in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (VLSC). 

Q8: Which operating systems are supported?
Q8: Intel-based Macs that are running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5, Snow Leopard 10.6, or a later version are supported.

Q9: How do I update my System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
Q9: Your product will update automatically after installation. You can schedule automatic updates, or you can update System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac manually.

Q10: How do I scan my Mac with System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
A10: The real-time scanner that is built into System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac protects you as you use your Mac. It also scans your computer upon system startup. You can also create a scheduled scan that runs at different time intervals or that runs on-demand scans.

Q11: Are third-party tools such as Apple Remote Desktop and LANDesk compatible with System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
Q11: Yes, Apple Remote Desktop and LANDesk are compatible with System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac.

Q12: How do I purchase licenses for a business that runs Windows, Linux, and Mac?
A12: System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac licensing and seat count is the same as for Windows products. However, Small Business Bundles for Mac are not available. You can contact your local Microsoft distributor or reseller to purchase license packages to cover your Mac workstations and your Windows workstations.

Q13: How do I remotely manage System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac?
A13: There are no remote management options for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac. 

Q14: I am using dual-boot software such as Mac Boot Camp. Do I need separate licenses for my Mac operating system and for my Windows operating system?
A14: Yes, you must purchase both System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac and a System Center 2012 security product for Windows.

Q15: Is there a System Center 2012 security product for the iPhone?
A15: No, a System Center 2012 security product for the iPhone currently does not exist.



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Article ID: 2683548 - Last Review: May 21, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
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  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection for Mac
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