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#1 stillwaters

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:27 PM

Hi!

N00b Alert (I recently graduated with an associate degree in IT and several certs, including A+, MCTS in Windows 7 and Server 2008 Active Directory, and CCNA, but I have very little real world experience.) I send my son to a small private school, and they've been asking me for IT help in exchange for tuition reductions. They have two buildings with one Windows Server 2008 Server in each building, and around 25 workstations including lab computers, faculty, and administrative. They desperately need an antivirus solution, right now they are using free antiviruses on the workstations, and they won't update without an administrative login. If anyone has any advice for me I'd appreciate it very much. Also, they are on a very limited budget so they can't spend more than a couple hundred dollars.
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#2 DarkSnake-Kobra

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:13 PM

Hi stillwaters :)

Sorry to break this to you, but I don't think you'll find anything less then $500. Retail security software sell for minimum of $20 which adds up to $500 based on the quantity you need. I don't know anything about corporate/business licensing so that doesn't mean you may not be able to get a discount. I'd first try calling around to different vendor's like Sophos, Symantec etc and try and get a quote.

Edited by DarkSnake-Kobra, 07 August 2012 - 04:14 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:29 PM

Since they are a school, check out techsoup.org. They need to provide some information and paperwork to get their membership for the site (basically just need to prove they are a 501©(3) organization). But, if they qualify, they can get software/hardware at extremely cheap prices. For example, Symantec Endpoint Protection is only $4 per license. There are some restrictions on how much can be purchased within a certain time period. Worth having a look at though.

Edited by The_Outkast, 08 August 2012 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:32 PM

I appreciate the advice, and I'm looking into it.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:53 PM

Once you get that done, I recommend Sophos Endpoint Security.

We use it here at my workplace and it does a great job. They have an administration console and can install and update any computer even if they do not have admin rights. You can do it all from the console and no need to visit the workstation.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:37 AM

It looks like we're going with Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition from Techsoup. I installed the trial version on five machines yesterday to test, and if all goes well we'll move forward. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks Outkast!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:09 PM

You're welcome. Hope everything works out well.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

If its for a School then you want something corporate, and also may I ask what kind of firewall your using? as with schools, and businesses the best way of blocking virus's, attacks, and malware is to add more security layers to your setup, Take a look at an Symantec Gateway Security 5300 Firewall, which helps against viruses, malware and lots more.




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