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South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) Thread, Anti-Spam/Virus on SMTP Feed in Regional Broadband Consortiums (RBC); In the process of planning an Exchange 2007 box with a feed from SWGfL. Just now looking at Anti-Virus/Spam now, ...
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    Anti-Spam/Virus on SMTP Feed

    In the process of planning an Exchange 2007 box with a feed from SWGfL.

    Just now looking at Anti-Virus/Spam now, and was wondering if anyone would care to comment on how good this is with The Grid? Is there any sort of management of it and reporting possible?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Pete

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    Weve got the SMTP feed to our Exchange 2007 box. Works ok - shed loads of spam still gets through (even with the grid SMTP filter, and Exchange's own spam filter on 6). Damn nuisance... will be investing in local spam filtering this year!

    Having said that, no viruses have made it through - so thats a plus.

    EDIT: As far as I know, there is no reporting -but I know some grid people read this so maybe they can correct me?? Its more geared for their (RMs) hosting.

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    Hmmm, what I expected.

    Still investigating, trying to get prices for Sophos PureMessage for Exchange. We have Sophos provided free by our LEA, so trying to find out how much just to add to that will be.

    Pete

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    Smile

    If you are a Microsoft School using Schools Agreement, Forefront for Exchange is cheap. Looking at going with this across our site for Clients as well (£1.70 per pc).

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    What mail filtering service do the grid use on SWGfl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danIT View Post
    What mail filtering service do the grid use on SWGfl?
    No Idea.

    I think an issue that has been raised is that we have no control over it, hence why some schools have opted for things like a Message Labs filtered feed instead.

    Pete

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    If any of you folk are using our web filter, it can also act as an anti-spam SMTP gateway... we can licence the "mailshell" anti-spam technology, which is pretty sterling stuff when it comes to keeping the "new message from barclays" brigade out.

    If you can, I would always tend to go for the "gateway" solution unless your exchange box is not heavily loaded, as exchange can easily bog down (of course if you are quarantining spam earlier it will lighten the load) or, unless of course you can get it very cheap...

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    About 1 year ago we paid approx £1300 to add sophos puremessage to our current county licensed sophos package which runs until 2010. I got prices direct from sophos then bought through a partner/disty.

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    not sure if this is the correct link and dont know about pricing but is mcaffee group shield any good ?

    McAfee GroupShield Jump Start for Exchange - McAfee Services

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliG View Post
    About 1 year ago we paid approx £1300 to add sophos puremessage to our current county licensed sophos package which runs until 2010. I got prices direct from sophos then bought through a partner/disty.
    I got a quote for abour £3300 to add 400 desktops to the 3 year agreement with our local LEA.

    Am asking for prices for Forefront as we're on the Schools Agreement.

    Frustrating, I'm ready to roll out this server and get it in use but the whole AV and Anti-Spam issue is holding me back from going live. I just haven't got a warm fuzzy feeling about it yet.

    Pete

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    Our spam recieve rate has shot up from 80% to near enough 90% in the last week or so... dunno if it's maybe Conficker machines starting a spam spree or summat but Sophos has let most of it through, some users much worse than others and some very very dodgy image attachments

    Think I'm gonna go with Messagelabs, pricey but I've got faith in them to stop this junk once and for all, plus I just found out I can get a discount with our JISC membership on top

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    webroot here...

    We have our smtp feed directed to webroot then via swgfl.

    It's cut down LOADs of the SPAM, we hardly get any now. Staff used to get 30+ a day before - made us wonder if swgfl did any filtering.

    It's about £1500 p.a. I think - which was cheaper than messagelabs when I looked
    YMMV

    I also have a linux box with ASSP setup on it, but that was for pre-webroot days and it hardly get anything to block now.
    ASSP is not hugely effective when all the traffic is coming from one source (i.e. the swgfl mail servers though) - pity as it's free.
    Does do URL checks - which is nifty though.

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