Components of Symantec Message Filter

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Components of Symantec Message Filter

Table: Components of Symantec Message Filter lists the components of Symantec Message Filter.

Table: Components of Symantec Message Filter

Component

Description

Symantec Message Filter Scanner

The Symantec Message Filter Scanner processes the email that is based on the configuration options that you specify.

The Symantec Message Filter Scanner contains the following subcomponents:

  • Symantec Message Filter Agent

  • Symantec Message Filter Client

  • Symantec Message Filter Server

  • Symantec Message Filter Conduit

  • Symantec Message Filter LiveUpdate

Symantec Message Filter Agent

On each Scanner, the agent communicates with the Control Center to receive configuration information and transmit logs and performance statistics.

Symantec Message Filter Client

The Client is a communication channel between the MTA and the Symantec Message Filter Server. You can use multiple clients, and each client can communicate with multiple Symantec Message Filter Servers. The Symantec Message Filter Client balances the load between Symantec Message Filter Servers.

Symantec Message Filter Server

The Symantec Message Filter Server filters messages for classification with a variety of scanning technologies. The classification or verdict is then returned to the Symantec Message Filter Client for subsequent delivery action.

Symantec Message Filter Conduit

The Symantec Message Filter Conduit obtains updated antispam filters from Symantec and notifies each Server to use the updated filters.

Symantec Message Filter LiveUpdate

Symantec Message Filter LiveUpdate automatically downloads virus definitions from Symantec Security Response to the Scanner. The Scanner's Brightmail Engine uses these definitions to identify known security threats.

Symantec Message Filter Control Center

The Symantec Message Filter Control Center is a Web-based graphical user interface. The Control Center communicates with the Symantec Message Filter Agent on each of your Symantec Message Filter Scanners. You can install the Control Center and the Scanner on the same computer if you have a small environment.

Symantec Message Filter Quarantine

In environments with less than 10,000 users, you can use this optional component to provide temporary storage and release of spam messages. You can configure the Spam Quarantine to permit access only to administrators. You can also configure the Quarantine to permit access to individual user quarantines based on LDAP information from an LDAP source in your environment.

Third-party software

You need the following third-party software if you intend to use the Symantec Message Filter Control Center:

  • MySQL database

    The MySQL database stores all of your Symantec Message Filter configuration information, as well as Symantec Message Filter Quarantine configuration and email messages.

  • Tomcat Web Server

    Symantec Message Filter communicates configuration information to each Symantec Message Filter through an XML file. The Java-based Tomcat Web Server hosts the Web functions for the Control Center and the quarantine.

Symantec provides these third-party software components. You install them when you install the Control Center.

See About Symantec Message Filter.

See How Symantec Message Filter works.

See What you can do with Symantec Message Filter.

See Where to get more information about Symantec Message Filter.


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