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Looking for a good coprate antivirus / antimalware solution.

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I just started for a company that is quickly.  They have around 100-200 windows computers (XP and Windows 7) and Windows Servers, but they are spred out over 11 diffrent locations.  They have been buying Norton AV oem with all the new computers, but they are running out at diffrent times and most of the time I don't know about it.  I need a solution that is scalible and easy to manage (I am the only IT guy).  It would be nice if it was easy enough for me to send out a email and have the end users install it and just contact me if they have a issue.  Any ideas would be apreshated.  Thanks in advance.
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Ordinarily, for small offices (<= 10 PC's) I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, as it works well, small footprint & FREE!

However, in a business environment it is only available up to 10 PC's and NOT on servers.

For a good, scalable, well manged solution for the size environment you  specified, I would recommend instead Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection.

See:  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/endpoint-protection.aspx
for specific info & a free trial that you can try in your environment to see if it works for you!

If it seems to meet your needs, check here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/endpoint-protection-buy.aspx
for licensing info...
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Symantec Corporate Endpoint Protection is good for this. It can be centrally managed or unmanaged. It is very certainly scalable.

A word of caution on sending A/V out to users: Any A/V will need admin authority to install, and giving users admin authority usually causes more heartache than not.  You may need to do this because of the spread out nature, but the risks are real and substantial.

If you allow users to install software, SEP installs simply. The only question is Managed or Unmanaged which is easily described and trained.

.... Thinkpads_User
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give vipre a shot, they have free trial, it has server management and remote agent install.
it probably has better pricing then norton. however it does not have anti-malware, they do offer free anti-malware removal services.

http://www.gfi.com/business-antivirus-software#screenshots
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There are a variety of good ones.  Each have their strengths and weaknesses.  I have been using ESET for 3 years now and it has a very small footprint.  Like the others it has a corporate version that can be centrally managed.  Also like the others it comes packaged as an MSI file so you can deploy via Group Policy if you like.

http://www.eset.com/us/business/products/antivirus/
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Thanks for the info guys, I will check them out and see which one I like.
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