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Updating SAV on Hosts That Are Hardly on My Network

Some members of our Sales team hardly stay long enough in the office to pick up SAV (antivirus) updates from our servers. Is there a way to force such updates to occur once the affected machines connect to the Internet by any means?
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaCommented:
If the setup is server based meaning the update are done on one server then the clients will get updates based on the configuration on he server. We set our server to alert clients aabout update twice a day.

So if one Laptop was away for two days or more as soon as they connect to the network, they update.

So far I have not seen a way of updating straight to the internet, by passing the server - I was able once to update one laptop manually by downloading the virus partens from the site, then install it.
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NyelugoAuthor Commented:
Ok. Is there a way to configure the clients to pick up from either server or the Internet, based on which is available?
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaCommented:
This will depend on what AV you have we use Norton, it is possible to point the client straight to the internet, this is also set on the server. You make a group then assign it an update path to the internet.
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NyelugoAuthor Commented:
We run SAV (Symantec)
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaCommented:
Well look for the update source on the server admin properties, LiveUpdate properties, copy it and use it for the group you will create for the Sales personel, look all also for the frequency updates are retrieved and adjust it to your needs.
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johnb6767Commented:
I would make those Non Managed clients, in which they will update staight from the web.....
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NyelugoAuthor Commented:
Ok. So it seems that we can only choose 1 out of 2 options; either configure the clients to update from our domain SAV managers or from the Internet.
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johnb6767Commented:
I believe that is accurate.....

Or setup a Parent server in the DMZ perhaps? Not a Network specialist, but maybe an option?
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NyelugoAuthor Commented:
Actually, for SAV, there's a config that enables clients either pick up updates from the domain's parent server or from the Internet. That way, if the clients are connected to the local LAN, the get updated. Also, if they connect to the Internet they also get updated via Live Update.

To get to this, access the 'Virus Definition Manager' dialog for a client's primary server. In the lower part of the screen, check the boxes for 'Update virus definitions from parent server' and 'Schedule client for automatic updates using LiveUpdate'. Also set the desired schedule before applying your settings.

With these, any client that belongs to the group picks up relevant updates based on network connectivity, from either a primary server or the Internet.
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NyelugoAuthor Commented:
After several weeks, this solution has taken care of our needs to update computers which hardly get on the local network.
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