This is an enterprise-class management tool from a Korean software firm, and offers considerable scalability for Windows 95/98/Me/ XP/2000 and Server NT4 and 2003 environments.
We first installed the product on a Windows 2003 server and then used a function of the management suite to roll out client software to the desktops. This function is very easy to use, as you just input a range of IP addresses. You can also install subservers, which can be used to propagate installation, updates and configuration to clients, and allow impressive scalability and management services for large enterprises.
The management console allows you to check each client via a daemon, see the update status, virus alerts, infections and quarantines on each machine or directly through the interface. One of the bonus tools included is a remote connection tool, a bit like PC Anywhere, which allows you take remote control of a machine, or browse and transfer files.
Another useful inclusion is the ability to view a list of installed software on a remote client, as well as the ability to carry out a hardware audit remotely.
All in all, the toolkit is very intuitive and easy to use – once you get used to it, though you may find some of the controls in slightly odd places. There are also some features that don't make much sense at first, such as the constant prompts to input "Department Information" for each client or server, but these are really minor irritations.
ViRobot Management Server has everything you need within arms reach, and makes managing a large number of machines a breeze. The distributed server system is a clever idea, and the non-security orientated tools, such as the remote control, are nice and very useful touches.
There are versions of the management server for the Linux and Unix platforms, although they do not appear on Hauri's website at the time of writing.
(Editor's Note: There was a amistake in the scoring in the print version of the magazine. The mistake has been rectified online here.)