Antivirus Software in a Enterprise

Hello, I am trying to understand how Antivirus software is applied in a Microsoft Windows Enterprise Corporate network.  For example, lets talk about Symantec's Antivirus software.  Does the application get installed on the servers and client pc's?  Do the servers and client pc's each update or does the update get pushed to the client pc's.  Lastly, is there more than one way to configure a Microsoft Windows Enterprise Corporate's network Antivirus solution?  Thanks for your help
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You install a Management Console on a server.  Then you deploy to your workstations and servers the agent software that scans and reports back.  I avoid symantec since they tend to be horrible and unreliable in my experience (better of late, but virtually useless in the near past, so I still won't touch them).

You would potentially create pre-configured settings for groups of machines, such as certain servers, certain desktops, certain laptops.

If you provide more of a context - why you need to know this, what you're trying to do beyond "understanding" we might be able to give you a better response.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
In an corporate network using symnatec.

You install the symantec end point protection manager (SEPM) then
set up your groups
then set up the settings for each group (ie servers should not get anything other than the av but other computers should get other features)
Then you deploy using either using (SEPM) console or using active directory.
The settings that you are talking about (retrieving updates) can be configured to either push or pull new definitions or settings and can be adjust to either pull/push from an internal server or use symantecs servers (virus definition updates) It just depends on your needs

I have deployed it in my company and they only problem i have encounter is installing remotely on computer that do not check in into our network very often.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Anti-Virus Apps

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.