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Opinion on adding antiv irus to a cobble together network

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I need some opinions please.
I've been called in to next door, they are a seperate company, but our chairman owns both.
They had a slow machine. I then discover that their AV database, called NOD by ESET, was last updated 02 Sep 2006!!!!!!
This exists on 3 machines, one machine has AVG, one machine I don't know and they have 2 Macs which I'm told are fine; I wouldn't know how to turn on a Mac.
Now, I am not going to add them to my 2003 SBS network, no way.
So, opinions please.
They currently have work stored on their own machines:(
The accounts lady copies her work to a pen drive.
Right, there are 5 XP machines and 2 Macs.
Would you:
A: Install AV on each machine
B: Get a NAS box for them for centralised storage.
C: Buy a small business version of an AV product.
D: Consider Windows Home server. I am unsure if Home server will run a centralised AV program.
E: Get SBS2008.
I think that might be overkill, but it might be the right choice.
These are the sort of people who have been clicking 'Okay' to the AV Out of Date warning message every day for a lonnnnnnng time! Hence why I would like to get a centralised AV package.
I don't want to spend too much time there. I know initially I'll have to.
So to repeat, what would you do with a 7 user network?
Cheers
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Imho you hve two ways:
1) buy a little server and run on Windows 2008 standard (cheap and functional) add a network antivirus (avg, avast, kaspersky)

In this way you  centralize net admin, sharing, printers and antivirus.
You have to do some work and check av from time to time.

2) Use a little server or a nas and buy network license antivirus as told before but without use the network part.
In this way you haven't to check av and you can tell them to tell you if av generates warnings.

Antiviruses can be acquired in net license to spentless and used as standalone programs.


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Thanks Point-In-Cyberspace, as the only respondent, you get the 500 points:)
I know it wasn't really a question and I was asking for opinions, hence only your response.
I appreciate it and am tending towards option 2, as it is not really my business, but I will be asked to get involved.
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