paul3vanz, on Jun 5 2004, 11:39 AM, said:
can you enlighten us? this is the method i use at the moment, works fine, so what's the difference? or are you on about the RUNLIVEUPDATE=1 switch? the reason i use virindi's method is that the computer may not be hooked up to network/internet at that point.
No I don't mean the Liveupdate option!
You can update any Symantec AntiVirus server or client by downloading the .xdb file from Symantec. You can also copy an .xdb file from the \SAV folder on any Symantec AntiVirus server. The modified date of the .xdb file matches the date of the virus definitions. When using this method, RTVSCAN.EXE checks for new .xdb files, and then initiates the update process. RTVSCAN.EXE checks for new .xdb files about every 10 minutes by default. Restarting (stopping and then starting) the Symantec AntiVirus Server process can be used to manually initiate the update process if you do not want to wait.
To download an .xdb file from Symantec
1. Go to the xdb folder on the Symantec FTP site. (You can also find the file from the Symantec Security Response Virus Definitions Download Page.)
2. Click the .xdb file with the latest date, and select "Save to disk" from the dialog box.
3. If the .xdb file downloads with a .zip extension, remove the .zip extension by renaming the file. The file name should be similar to the following: vd12bc02.xdb
4. Copy the .xdb file to the appropriate destination, depending on the version of Symantec AntiVirus and the operating system:
o For NetWare servers, the default location is SYS:SAV.
o For Windows servers, the default is C:\Program Files\SAV\.
o For Windows 2000/XP clients, the default is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition\7.5\.
Note: The Application Data folder may be hidden. To show hidden and system folders, read the document How to show hidden files and protected operating system files in Windows.
o For Windows NT 4.0 clients, the default is C:\WinNT\Profiles\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition\7.5\.
o For Windows 98/Me clients, the default is C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\.
Automatically updating definitions using the .xdb file
Symantec provides a batch file that you can schedule to update the definitions with the latest .xdb file. This batch file automatically downloads and extracts the latest .xdb file from a statically named executable (Navup8.exe), and copies the .xdb file to the appropriate location. For more information, read the document How to automatically update Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 8.x definitions without using LiveUpdate.
Why is this better than both?
better than intelligent update: not manual
better than liveupdate: daily updates, liveupdate weekly, sometimes more