We have been using Microsoft Forefront Antigen as a replacement for the managed antivirus products we deployed for the past ten years. Every one of our small business and larger clients uses a managed deployment model because over the years we quickly determined that it was much less expensive overall, though the savings are primarily over a three year period as the products are always more expensive up front. Properly deployed, however, we need to be able to make use of some key technologies to get the benefits:
Obviously Forefront was a good fit in its current form. The deployment model uses Group Policy to roll out the configuration and settings to the registry of systems that require Antivirus. WSUS detects machines that have the registry settings for the antivirus client and include updates and the new product to clients when they are approved by the administrator. Problems are collected by SQL Server Reporting Services and used to generate the most detailed reports I have ever seen in an antivirus product. Overall I am very pleased.
There are some things to remember about this product that require some getting used to:
I would recommend this product to anyone for its ease of use and effectiveness. If anyone has detailed questions I am happy to answer them. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if I can help I will.
Brendan N. Gibb
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