You can do a manual install on any machine, EPO will still manage it fine and shouldn't downgrade it, rules should stay, etc...
Assuming 7.04 extensions is checked in..
you can achieve this by checking Patch 6 into the ePO server, then creating a new site in the directory and move any clients that you want to update into there. Once you have done this, create a new client update task on that site ONLY, and in the schedule include HIPS patches and product updates. NOTE: the reason why you wouldnt see it before is that if you have not previously checked in any patches or updates for a particular product then it will not show in the update choices. Only when a product/update is checked in will it show on the update "products" list.
We use this method of seperating update tasks to UAT DAT files / patches / engines before they are fully deployed, and it works well if done correctly.
We tried the "EVAL" version by pushing it out through the ePO client task but it doesn't update to patch 6. We tried to do the manual install but the .exe file didn't run (according to the release notes manual install instructions). I was told that if we change the version to "CURRENT" that all the devices will get that update automatically.
I am having problems upgrading from HIPS 7.0 to HIPS 7.1. I don't need to uninstall HIPS 7.0 first correct? My client task is unable to install HIPS 7.1 and then reinstalls 7.0 (HOSTIPS_7000).
Benchmark Editor Multi-platform Scan Engine 5.2.0, McAfee Agent 126.96.36.1990, Host Intrusion Prevention 188.8.131.522, Product Coverage Reports 184.108.40.2060, Policy Auditor Agent 5.2.0, VirusScan Enterprise 220.127.116.110.Wrk
I have a default task that installs / checks for the above except for HIPS. I then have a separate task that should install HIPS 7.1.
Info me if I should post this in another location.