SEP 11.0 Licensing

Posted on 2010-09-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Our Lic for SEP 11 has expired a while back.  It seems that I can still deploy to client from the console, and each client will update with the latest definitions.  So I'm a little confused, what does the Lic provide?  I presumed with the expired lic I would not be allowed to do anything.  It seems that I'm curently protected.  Any thoughts?
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 33696583
Just because it works does not mean you are licensed.  Your license likely grants you the right to update and deploy only when you have a current license.  It may do nothing in software to enforce it, but that doesn't mean you are legal.  

In my experience, Symantec products are among the WORST out there.  Every outbreak I've had to fight has been "protected" by symantec.  The featureset is nice... the product just doesn't work.  And it also has a tendency to cause problems.

Since your license is expired, I would recommend you look into switching products.  For the most part, they ALL stink nowadays.  Anything less than 99% effective is ineffective in my opinion and we haven't had a 99% effective product since the late 90s.  That said, I've had reasonably good experiences with VIPRE Enterprise from Sunbelt Software (recently acquired from GFI).  Their retail price is somewhere around $10-15 dollars at the moment (sale this month) and it's proven itself fairly effective.  I have sold it to most of my clients with a little additional discount.

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ID: 33696625
Can I centrally deploy Vipre?  Web based or console based?  We have a few MAC's, they don't usually have issues, but could I deploy it to a MAC also?  Thanks for the info

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In addition, there is no AV on any of the servers?  This seems strange to me, the client is taking the position that as long as we don't browse from the server we are safe.  My gut tells me that there should be AV even on servers.  Any thoughts?
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Lee W, MVP earned 250 total points
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VIPRE Enterprise features a policy based console that can be used to auto-push the clients or create an MSI you can then deploy via AD.  The console and settings are pretty extensive as well - you can create multiple policies so that your servers get one policy, workstations another, laptops another, and executives another - if you want... or everything could get just one policy.  And they offer a 30 day refund if you don't like it.  Their support and support forums seem halfway decent as well.  Additionally, the renewals are pretty cheap... Just renewed one of my clients with 52 seats for 7.88 per seat.  And the 3 year license, I believe, can be in the mid $20's per seat...

I should clarify - GFI recently acquired Sunbelt - I don't think I was clear on that - so Sunbelt is now a GFI company.

As for AV on the servers, I would absolutely recommend it.  Few things you might want to exclude from scanning, such as Exchange and AD databases.  Machines can be infected by worms and then infect other machines - servers or workstations.

Also, it seems to have a fairly low performance impact (none of my clients have complained and I haven't seen an issue I can recall).


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ID: 33696796
fantastic, thanks for the input.

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