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  • Looking for AV/AS/Disclaimer solutions

    I am currently using Policy Patrol with Exchange and am becoming more unhappy with the solution it provides, so am looking for an alternative. Please share recommendations, horror stories and anything else that may be helpful.

    Environment:
    2 x Exchange 2010SP3 (fully patched) servers (Virtual) in DAG - one is HT/CAS/MBX, other is MBX only. No plans to upgrade to 2013 at present
    Up to 50 users (currently 35), mainly remote (Outlook Anywhere / ActiveSync)
    Traffic- typically several hundred meaningful messages per day, various sizes including internal messages up to 50 Mb. Plus an equivalent amount of spam which I need to trap as much as possible at the server.

    Requirements:
    Automatic disclaimers (several different types) - currently Policy Patrol but I could use HT rules
    Spam Filtering, with easy web interface for Admin (yours truly) and users to access and drop/release messages at any time. AV is a "nice to have" although all clients have AV installed.
    Archiving - currently Policy Patrol to SQL server and I would prefer not to archive to an exchange database

    Price - would prefer as cheap as possible, but not compromising quality (for example if spam filtering can be done by a FOSS solution in front of the Exchange server, that would be OK).

    Ideally would like a single solution rather than multiple vendors, but see above.

    Would prefer not to have cloud solution, certainly not for archiving due to confidentiality requirements
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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  • #2
    Re: Looking for AV/AS/Disclaimer solutions

    You are either looking at GFI Mail Essentials with their Archiving Product as an additional option, or Exclaimer and their suite of tools.
    I have used both, and been successful with both.

    Functionality pretty much identical and are in competition with each other. I rarely have to look past either of those, particularly as you don't want to go cloud.

    Simon.
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    • #3
      Re: Looking for AV/AS/Disclaimer solutions

      Cheers, Simon
      That was about where I had got to too, so it is good to hear the same from you.

      Would you recommend one over the other?
      Tom Jones
      MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
      PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
      IT Trainer / Consultant
      Ossian Ltd
      Scotland

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for AV/AS/Disclaimer solutions

        Not really.
        I have more GFI installations than Exclaimer, but that is mainly what I have inherited or what worked best for them. GFI has the market share that is for sure.
        The core functionality is pretty much the same.

        Same advice as always - evaluate both, get pricing on both and see what fits.

        Simon.
        --
        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

        Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
        More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
        Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
        In the UK? Hire me: http://www.sembee.co.uk/

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for AV/AS/Disclaimer solutions

          Just to put this thread to bed...
          I've been trialling the Exclaimer solution and, with a cracking good price for the bundle, have decided to proceed with it as it ticks all the boxes for me.

          The downside vs PolicyPatrol is that it is separate packages, but this gives more flexibility, and I have (so far) not seen any performance issues which I had increasingly been getting with PP.
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
          PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
          IT Trainer / Consultant
          Ossian Ltd
          Scotland

          ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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