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anti-virus protection for a large network

Posted on 2003-03-16
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Last Modified: 2010-04-11
does symantec have software for such a scenerio. and how does it work.

a server is running Anti-Virus Corporate server, the workstations are running the Anti-Virus Client. is it possible to mass update all the systems using the server side only instead of having to update each computer one by one?

also, what will i have to do when it comes to updating multiple servers. if i choose to disable auto-update on the server side. can i just manually tell the server (lets say there are 10) to update it's virus definitions on all 10 computers at the same time?

and finally, when the client side of the software updates their virus definitions do they try to connect to the internet to do so or do they connect to the server to update. i'll assume it's the server but i'd stil like to know for sure
Question by:nonsence
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Symantec has the corporate edition of its antivirus product.  

It works very similar to the mcaffee version.

You have a central server for your Av updates, this downloads all updates from a ftp server.  It also allows you to manage all of your clients remotly.

the server allows you you customise the antivirus client on all your pc's on your network.. you can set different policys on different types of systems.  The Antivirus client can be rolled out remotley...

Also if an AV update is suddenly relesed you can do a push installation to all of your clients.


let me know what othe info you need...



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ID: 8151072
how does the server remotly install the client software? is this done through active directory or something else?

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mrorange earned 200 total points
ID: 8151200
This is what had to be done when I used mcaffee.

The clients where Win95, 98 and NT

The clients had to be setup with the option to be remotly managed.  This is just a setting in the windows control panel.  You then select what group from your domain can remotly manage them.

From your AV server you select the domain that you want to manage and you ensure that the server has an account in the group that can remotly manage the clients.  You specify this account from within the AV software.

Then when you select a client to manage, the AV server remotly connects to the client using the account that you specified,and deploys the av client software to the client.


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