Updating virus definitions on a daily basis with Symantec AntiVirus

Article:TECH101518  |  Created: 2005-01-21  |  Updated: 2005-01-08  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH101518
Article Type
Technical Solution

Product(s)

Issue



You have Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition or Symantec Client Security. You need to update your virus definitions daily rather than to use the default weekly schedule.


Solution



Symantec AntiVirus 10.x clients and servers can get updated virus definitions daily by running LiveUpdate.

Symantec AntiVirus 9.x/8.x clients or servers cannot get daily virus definitions updates just by running LiveUpdate. If they run LiveUpdate to connect to Symantec public servers or to internal LiveUpdate servers that update their content from Symantec LiveUpdate servers, they will receive new definitions weekly. Legacy Symantec AntiVirus versions can obtain daily updates only from an .xdb file or from Symantec AntiVirus 10.x servers through the Virus Definitions Transport Method.

This restriction allows only a certain number of methods for updating Symantec AntiVirus and Symantec Client Security daily. Which method you use depends on which versions of Symantec AntiVirus are on your network.

Symantec AntiVirus 10.x only
If you use only Symantec AntiVirus 10.x, use the following methods:
  • Default LiveUpdate
    In Symantec AntiVirus 10.x, LiveUpdate can get new virus definitions daily from the Symantec public servers. Only Symantec AntiVirus 10.x clients and servers can get daily definitions by this method.
  • LiveUpdate Administration Utility
    You can use the LiveUpdate Administration Utility to download definitions to an internal LiveUpdate server. Symantec AntiVirus clients and servers then get virus definitions by running LiveUpdate to the internal LiveUpdate server. Only Symantec AntiVirus 10.x clients and servers can get daily definitions by this method.

Symantec AntiVirus 10.x primary server with Symantec AntiVirus 10.x/9.x/8,x clients or secondary servers
In an environment that contains both a Symantec 10.x primary server as well as Symantec 10.x/9.x/8,x clients or secondary servers, use the following methods:
  • LiveUpdate and Virus Definitions Transport Method
    Use LiveUpdate to update the Symantec AntiVirus 10.x servers from the Symantec LiveUpdate server. Then, to update clients and any legacy Symantec AntiVirus servers from the Symantec AntiVirus 10.x servers, use the Virus Definitions Transport Method.
  • An .xdb file
    Download the daily .xdb file, and place it on the master primary server. To automate this method, you can use the XDBdown script.
  • LiveUpdate Administration Utility and Virus Definition Transport Method
    You can use the LiveUpdate Administration Utility to download definitions to an internal LiveUpdate server. Update the Symantec AntiVirus 10.x servers from the internal LiveUpdate server. Then, to update clients and any legacy Symantec AntiVirus servers from the Symantec AntiVirus 10.x servers, use the Virus Definitions Transport Method.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.x or 9.x only
  • An .xdb file
    Download the daily .xdb file, and place it on your master primary server or parent servers. To automate this method, you can use the XDBdown script. Then, to update clients and servers, use the Virus Definitions Transport Method.

Unmanaged Symantec AntiVirus clients
  • LiveUpdate to an internal LiveUpdate server
    Use the LiveUpdate Administration Utility to download the daily definitions from the public Symantec LiveUpdate server. Configure clients to run LiveUpdate to your internal LiveUpdate server. All clients will receive new virus definitions daily.
  • LiveUpdate to the Symantec LiveUpdate server
    Update all systems by running LiveUpdate to the Symantec public servers. Symantec AntiVirus 10.x clients will receive daily virus definitions. However, Symantec AntiVirus 9.x/8.x clients will receive new definitions weekly.



References
Additional information

The following documents may help you to configure the distribution of virus definitions on your network:






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