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    Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Hey
    Just wondering if anyone else has tried them out yet?
    I have found both to be alot more stable/faster then previous versions. You can just update the share and v5 clients will upgrade to v6.
    NOTE: you can not get version 5 on EM once you upgrade to version 2. You would need to remove version 2 and revert to 1.2 to use version 5 again (hopefully it will prove to be more stable long term)
    The interface is the same on sophos 5 client side but the engine now can:
    Scan memory (why the hell did it not do this before )
    Detect spyware and allow remote removal of viruses and spyware (and it seems to work well)
    64-bit now finally

    Thats the BIG things. Let me know what you find while using it.
    I think its a little less resource intensive on bootup. Test systems here seemed to be more responsive while booting.

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Been out since last Monday as I got it then, and its SH**, just as bad as V5, console already stuffed, cleared the database of alerts before updating, and already got 30,000 lines in it and needing weekly purging which I didn't have to do with V5's, deployment gone titsup, fed up already, tried the new puremessage and thats duff from the word go, so its just as bad, and we just tied ourselves in for another 5 years!!!! I feel like finding a gas oven and shoving my head in it as its no better at all.

    I have told my friends not to bother as well as emailing some local schools I know well and said you don't want to bother yet give it 6 months!

    As for V5 on it, you can actually get V5 still on the new stuff it is possible, it just by default loves the new V6 sophos out of the box when you upgrade so you can "downgrade" in its mind to V5 again but if its anything like mine it had taken over and done the dirty before I even managed to read everything.

    Spyware scan is useless! I made a PC infected with spyware and it missed every bit of it! give me my trial of Trend Micro back again that picked loads up! Memory scanning was in V5 I thought, just not on by default but could be wrong.

    Not too sure about the faster bit, I don't think it is faster but it doesn't seem slower to me yet so who know.

    Basically my advice is unless you want the firewall I wouldn't bother upgrading to V6 until you have to its just not worth it.

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Oh, I missed saying that Sophos support yesterday (monday) knew nothing about V6 and said could I phone back in 2 weeks when they have had the updates to the database and training!!!!!

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    Oh, I missed saying that Sophos support yesterday (monday) knew nothing about V6 and said could I phone back in 2 weeks when they have had the updates to the database and training!!!!!
    OMG
    It works here in the initial tests. No problems with EM console yet. But its not rolled out everywhere though.
    How many clients you got it running on?
    Yeh I like trend too

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Its on 350 PCs, about 30 Laptops which go on and off the network frequently (they are the major issue with V5 &6). The main database problems are its VERY memory hungry were talking using 1GB of RAM and thats all this machine does now, Sophos Sophos and Sophos! and its the main Enterprise Console thats the problem, the EM Library is fine appart from occasional coruption of it and a complete uninstall and re-install of it


    But I was pushing for Trend instead of Sohpos , but TBH Trend to say they want schools as customers don't understand the need for good pricing in schools, they came back with a price of £8K for 2 years AV & AS with bronze support where as Sophos were talking something silly like £1200 so thats the instant barrier! and then when I said to Trend review as we cannot afford that at all they came back with a quote for even more! so they clearly do not get it yet!

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    I trialled version 5 a while back and was surprised that it just 'detected' viruses by default initially, you actually had to configure it to delete/quarantine viruses. Is that right, or is it a nightmare I had? Anyway, if so, has this been tackled in V6?

    BTW Symantec Antivirus all the way!

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    That was the case in previous versions as well

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Quote Originally Posted by eejit
    I trialled version 5 a while back and was surprised that it just 'detected' viruses by default initially, you actually had to configure it to delete/quarantine viruses. Is that right, or is it a nightmare I had? Anyway, if so, has this been tackled in V6?

    BTW Symantec Antivirus all the way!
    You have to remember that Sophos is a professional business product and is designed to be installed and configured centrally by people who know what they are doing. the last thing Sophos needs is for a company to install their product remotely entreprise wide then have it delete valuble work and files which have been detected as a false positive!

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    I've only just gone up to V5 in the last month or so and that is working fine for us with no problems.

    I'll keep my eye on this thread and possibly give V6 a miss for a few months.

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    You have to remember that Sophos is a professional business product and is designed to be installed and configured centrally by people who know what they are doing.
    Good point
    I have to say we have not had problems *yet*. The big test comes at the end of the month when sophos release a new build. It had a bad failure rate in version 5. Would have to completly remove sophos from the machine before it would fix the problem.

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    The main database problems are its VERY memory hungry were talking using 1GB of RAM and thats all this machine does now, Sophos Sophos and Sophos! and its the main Enterprise Console thats the problem, the EM Library is fine appart from occasional coruption of it and a complete uninstall and re-install of it
    Ours is using in total (all services) about 60-80mb of ram, think something is seriously wrong if it using all that.

    You said about version 5 but I can see it in the downloadable packages area. How did you revert yours?

    Cheers

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    My RouterNT service uses about 60 on its own without adding everything else up, basically its leaks like a cullender does, fine for straining my veg, but not anti-virus software. But as Sophos know nothing yet, I cannot get it fixed As for downloading V5, I'm sure its a listed product in the packages, and you can subscribe to it as a seperate one, i'm sure it was, but as everytime I open EMlibrary it crashes I cannot check to easily, but will dig back...

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Right, to update this thread, I have just spent a lot on money on a new shiny server for Sophos (3GHz Xeon, 1GB Ram, 74GB HDD) and gone back to V5, we have decided to have a memory leak on the Server rather than the clients. Some clients were using around 80MB of Ram just running Sophos in the background without doing anything else, which is stupid on some machines with 256MB Ram in them, so I hope this will help in the short term, and I will keep probing Sophos to get them to fix it, or hope that they fix it!

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    Strange how Sophos seems to affect some people like this... I'm currently running V6 and it seems a lot more stable than V5.

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    Re: Sophos V6 and EM 2 are out! What ya think?

    For what it's worth I upgraded to v6 recently without spotting this thread and I wish I'd seen it sooner!

    v6 has turned into a regular process hog with some very odd behaviour eating up the CPU cycles and locking up the machine at random times..

    I may be reverting back to v5 at some point but in truth it's frustrating to have to actually visit the infected machine to scan and deal with detected problems locally instead of using the EM..


    For all that I've not seen anything else within our budget or any more tech friendly...

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