While I have not tried this, I do not see why it would not work. To
remove the antivirus program (at least in the newer releases that use
MSI), you could simply push out "msiexec.exe /x <path to install msi>
/qb-" through a login script or other such medium. That should remove
the product with a minimal amount of work and error.
As far as moving to unmanaged, I have not attempted that operation
without reinstalling. You could use the above uninstall script, together
with a new install, to script an unmanaged install. Out of curiosity,
why would you want to do this? The antivirus server does not have to run
on a server operating system. If you install the antivirus server onto a
workstation, you could still have the server console and other such
tools to see if a virus was making the rounds in your environment.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: MSU Network Administrators Group
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Peter J Murray
> Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 7:39 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [MSUNAG] moving from symantec to nod32
> I've just recently moved all my servers to NOD32 from
> Symantec, and it's great. NOD32 just seems much more
> polished and I can also say that it's much more effective in
> keeping things out. Scan times are impressive, and there is
> a lot less overhead.
> Now, I do have several problems that I'm hoping someone in
> the group can help solve.
> 1) While I wait for the new fiscal year to get funding for
> licenses for NOD32, I'd like to change all of Symantec
> clients on the workstations from Managed to Unmanaged.
> Symantec helpfully suggests removing and reinstalling SAV
> Corporate to do so, which doesn't help Will these
> workstations still update with out the server component
> installed? Will patching the registry key to change parent
> server to a blank value be enough? I know SAV Corporate
> manually updates, but will it still auto update?
> I'm referring to
> and removing the server name and paths from those keys.
> 2) When the time comes to move from Symantec to NOD32 for
> around 60 workstations, is there a way to 'unpush' the Norton
> Corporate installations from all these machines? NOD32
> pushes out, and that's fine, it's removing Symantec which is
> the problem.
> Thank you.