"What is the right product for a Windows Home Server 2011 network consisting of the server and several home office / family client computers?
I am getting a run-around from the Norton division and would like Symantec to offer a solution to my situation. This is a pre-sales question about what security product mix will work in my situation. (Below is a thread I began with Norton, but they redirected me to Symantec corporate support; I'm hoping the Symantec community's expertise can solve this home / small home office configuration question).
"What is the right product for a Windows Home Server 2011 network consisting of the server and several home office / family client computers. (WHS2011, Win7starter, Win7home, Win7ultimate, WinVista, WinXPpro)".
WHS2011 and SBS2011E (Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials) are basically the same product. Both are derived from Windows Server 2008 R2. They are OEM products intended to be preinstalled and preconfigured on "headless" appliance-like servers. Microsoft does not support an antivirus/security solution on either, relying on 3rd parties. (Windows firewall and Windows Defender are pre-installed.) Due to the unique requirements of WHS2011 (and SBS2011E) the Windows firewall will need to remain in place, so a 3rd party firewall is not needed on the server. I have not been able to find any 3rd party which specifically addresses WHS2011 or SBS2001E. (Many may sell a 2008R2 solution, but these lack specific support for the common SDK, Dashboard, or Add-In which Microsoft SDK developed for WHS2011 and SBS2011E).
As the leader in antivirus / security software for the Windows platform, I'm hoping Symantec/Norton can step up to fill the void.
My specific requirements: Low cost, low technical skills to maintain/configure, centralized management (from WHS2011 Dashboard or webpage).
•WHS2011 - quantity 1
•Win7 - quantity 3
•WinVista - quantity 1
•WinXP - quantity 2
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