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Creating a CSV file for importing Mac computers

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If you want to install the Symantec Management Agent for Mac on a large number of computers, Symantec recommends that you use a CSV file. When you install the agent on the computers that require different connection and configuration settings, it is simpler to use a CSV file. Use a CSV file to import the computers and configure the installation settings.

The CSV file is a comma-delimited text file. This file includes the DNS names or the IP addresses of the client computers on which you want to install the Symantec Management Agent. Each line in the CSV file represents a computer entry that is imported into the Symantec Management Agent Install page. The CSV file can also contain the installation settings for each computer.

See Selecting Mac computers for a Symantec Management Agent pull installation

See Installing the Symantec Management Agent for Mac with a push

A CSV template file for importing UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers (CSVTemplate.csv) is provided with the Symantec Management Platform. The column header of the CSV template indicates the data that is required and the valid values that you can use.

Warning: The CSV file format (list separator) must meet the regional settings of the server. For example, the sample CSVTemplate.csv file uses the "English (United States)" regional settings with a comma "," as a list separator. You can view the Symantec Management Platform's regional settings in the Windows Control Panel, under Regional and Language Options.

This task is a step in the process for installing the Symantec Management Agent for Mac.

See Installing Symantec Management Agent for Mac

To create a CSV file for importing UNIX, Linux, and Mac computers

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click Agents/Plug-ins > Symantec Management Agent.

  2. In the left pane, expand Settings and click Symantec Management Agent Install.

  3. On the Symantec Management Agent Install page, on the Install Agent for UNIX, Linux and Mac tab, under Rollout Agent for UNIX, Linux and Mac to Computers, right-click CSV file template, and then click Save Target As.

  4. In the Save As dialog box, save the CSVTemplate.csv file in the appropriate location under a suitable name.

  5. Open the new CSV file in a text editor. Enter the information for each computer on which you want to install the Symantec Management Agent for UNIX, Linux, and Mac.

    You do not have to use all of the fields. You can use only the fields that you need, such as computer name, admin name, admin password, and so on.

    The settings that you can specify in the CSV file are identical to the settings that you can set from the Install Settings window in Symantec Management Console.

  6. When you have finished, save the CSV file.