Antivirus protection for networks from Trend Micro is basically a two-way solution: OfficeScan provides service for the workstation; and ServerProduct takes care of the Windows and NetWare servers. Having two different levels of features and separate management consoles increases complication, and both need to be installed separately using two entirely different looking, inconsistent consoles.
However, installation is simple enough, and the products can create shared installation points for deployment using network shares and login scripts. Deploying the network antivirus solution requires a server where the server software is installed first, and the client software is generally deployed from the server or from the client using a login script. For installing OfficeScan, a server is required which will act as the central administration point, which can be running NetWare as well as Windows NT or 2000. From the server, multiple systems can be selected and the client software deployed across the network. Workstations have the OfficeScan utility for local users, but the administrator can manipulate this by locking it or allowing users' access only to specific scan settings.
ServerProtect starts by installing an Information Server, which acts as the central administration point. Then the Server packages are deployed in the other systems. Both the OfficeScan and ServerProduct console displays the systems arranged in an Explorer-style tree structure.
Although Trend Micro Enterprise comes with lots of features and at a low price, the product lacks a few important tools. For example, the notification system is poor, and only provides a network message when something goes wrong. For features like email, pager and SNMP trap support, you need to purchase Trend's optional VCS package. The server-based management console does not have automatic definition updates. These updates have to be downloaded and deployed manually to each system or group of users.
Like other vendors in network virus protection, Trend Micro has come out with different products and packages for different organizational structures. Trend Micro Enterprise Protection Strategy (EPS) provides a line of products that offer centrally-controlled network management and protection, a desktop-to-gateway antivirus service with support network. Trend Micro Control Manager (TMCM) allows you to manage programs or use them as stand-alone software. TMCM can schedule updates at intervals as small as five minutes, and allows for fast rollback of the server or client machine, if required.
Author Kevin McLanedate added 2009-09-07 12:38:25