Symantec mail security for exchange 6, no RBL

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-06

We have upgrader or mailservers to exchange 2007 with the anti-spam solution Symantec Mail Security for Exchange 6.09.
With this new version we are receiving more spam as with the old 4.6 version.
I think this is due the lack of RBL filtering or are there some other settings with this new version?
You should think a new version would perform better then the old one?
Question by:Stussyexpert
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    by:Alan Hardisty
    Have you got the premium anti-spam license for Symantec Mail Security?  This is heaps better that trying to perform spam blocking manually.
    You can always use the in-built features on Exchange 2007 or alternatively, as I have done with all my customers who used Symantec Mail Security, I have switched them to Vamsoft ORF - - much better pricing and a much better product..
    I have only had 8 spam since 1st September 2009.
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    Another option to consider, which can be very cost effective based on your company size, is an appliance. I'm a big fan of MailFoundry - Very flexible to configure quarantines, and does an excellent job at filtering spam without sacrificing false positives, i.e., tons of good mail in the quarantine.
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    by:Ehab Salem
    RBL is still in Symantec Information Foundation 6. What is removed in version 6 is heuristic antispam. Is that what you mean?
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    Yes i have premium antispam, and RBL is included but you can not activate this with exchange 2007.
    What are the in-built features for spam on Exchange 2007 and are they any good?
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    Here is a link that discusses and shows you the Exchange 2007 Anti-Spam features that are built in including IP block lists etc.
    I cannot vouch for their abilities as I have never used them - I personally use Vamsofr ORF ( as it does a darn good job for $239 per server.  I used to use Symantec Mail Security with the premium Anti-Spam, but found it let too much through.  With Vamsoft - only 8 spam in 3½ months.
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    by:Ehab Salem
    Basically RBL functionality is the same whether in Symantec or on the exchange server itself. I have no experience in 2007 how to do it, but in 2003 is very straight forward and very effective as well.

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