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  Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition V8.1
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Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition provides scalable, cross-platform virus protection for workstations and network servers throughout the enterprise. Enhanced security features plus centralized policy management enable administrators to manage client and server groupings logically. In addition, administrators can create, deploy, and lock down security policies and settings to keep systems up-to-date and properly configured at all times. The centralized management console enables administrators to audit the network and identify which nodes are unprotected, and determine which nodes are protected by Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition, or Computer Associates, McAfee, Panda, Sophos, or Trend Micro antivirus products. This function allows administrators to proactively secure unprotected nodes before an event can occur, ensuring system uptime and user productivity.

Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition provides backend response mechanisms that enable the delivery of fast, reliable, and hands-free virus detection, analysis, and repairs. Even in the face of unusually heavy demand for virus definitions during serious outbreaks, Symantec's scalable architecture ensures that virus cures will be readily available when needed most. Infected clients and network servers are cleaned quickly and efficiently via on-demand, enterprise-wide virus sweeps initiated from a centralized console. NAVEX™, a single, extensible scanning and repair engine, provides the unique ability to update virus definitions and engine extensions—without having to reboot servers or re-deploy application software, thereby easing management and minimizing the cost of ownership. To enhance speed, the solution includes reduced virus definition file sizes and multi-threaded server rollout. And for extra security, LiveUpdate™ technology enables administrators to configure automatic updates for virus definitions, including updates for out-of-date definitions.

Requirements:
SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS FOR 32-BIT WINDOWS CLIENTS:
• Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows -ME; Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Server, and Terminal Server Edition with Service Pack 6a; Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server; Windows XP Home, Professional; Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions.
• 46 MB disk space
SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS FOR 64-BIT WINDOWS CLIENTS:
• Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003; Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Datacenter 64-Bit Editions
• 80 MB disk space
• Intel Itanium 2 processor
SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS MANAGEMENT SERVER FOR 32-BIT WINDOWS:
• Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Server, and Terminal Server Edition with Service Pack 6a; Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server; Windows XP Professional; Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions
• 111 MB disk space (65 MB disk space for Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition server files and 46 MB disk space for the Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition client disk image)
• 15 MB disk space for AMS2 server files (if you choose to install AMS2 Server)
SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS MANAGEMENT SERVER - NETWARE:
• NetWare 5.x, 6 SP1
• 15 MB RAM (above standard NetWare RAM requirements) for Symantec Antivirus NLMs
• 116 MB disk space (70 MB disk space for Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition server files and 46 MB disk space for the Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition client disk image)
• 20 MB disk space for AMS2 server files (If you choose to install AMS2 Server)
SYMANTEC SYSTEM CENTER:
• Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server with Service Pack 6a; Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server; Windows XP Professional
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
• Microsoft Management Console version 1.2. If MMC is not already installed, you will need 3 MB free disk space (10 MB during installation)
• 10 MB disk space
QUARANTINE CONSOLE:
• Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server with Service Pack 6a; Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server; Windows XP Professional
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
• Microsoft Management Console version 1.2. If MMC is not already installed, you will need 3 MB free disk space (10 MB during installation)
• 35 MB disk space
QUARANTINE SERVER:
• Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server with Service Pack 6a; Windows 2000 Professional, Server, Advanced Server; Windows XP Professional; Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2
• 40 MB disk space
• 250 MB minimum swap file size
• 500 MB to 4 GB disk space recommended for quarantined items

The Review:
There are five new features to Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition v8.1 that I found would be quite useful depending on the network topology used.
1. Enhanced Server Group Security – You can enhance the security that is provided to server and client antivirus protection and settings by server group passwords by creating an access list that restricts inbound communication to only the IP and IPX addresses that are specified in the access list.
2. Network Audit – Computers on your network that do not have antivirus protection leave holes open in your network security. You can run a network audit of remote computers to determine if any antivirus software on clients are installed and running, and the type of protection installed (antivirus server, client, or unmanaged client).
3. 64-bit Computer support.
4. Windows Server 2003 support.
5. NetWare Secure Console support.

Even though the installed product looks identical to previous versions, Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition v8.1 is still at the top of the list in my books for antivirus protection in the corporate office place. The only complaint I have is the same old install procedure. You still have to install multiple packages, even on the same machine, instead of a simple single install. Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition v8.1 is definitely a needed product for attacking against any type of known viruses.

Review ID Number: 242
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Symantec
Review Date: 2004-03-29
Reviewer: Chad Laity
Rating: 8 out of 10
 
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