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Using the Antigen Client (Sybari) Within Your SharePoint Environment and ACM

* This article was written in the context of Sybari Antigen For SharePoint, a technology now considered deprecated with the introduction of Forefront Security for SharePoint 2010. Variations may exist. *

Using the Antigen Client (Sybari) Within Your SharePoint Environment

There are two relevant clients of Antigen for SharePoint that will allow a SharePoint or network administrator to configure, monitor, and tweak the services of Antigen so that it can be tailored to an arbitrary enterprise communications and collaborations environment. The two client interfaces that are used when configuring and administrating Antigen are the:
  • Sybari Client
  • Antigen Central Manager (ACM)
There are also other programmatic efforts that can be used to manipulate the Antigen environment in order to structure it to your corporate requirements, such as the WebParts that are available through sharepointsecurity.com. 
 
There are two main ways to open the Sybari client and connect this front end to your Antigen instance.
The first is through the start menu:
 
Start — All Programs — Sybari Software — Sybari Client
 
The second way is through the command prompt.
 
Run CMD — cd program filesSybari Software Antigen for SharePoint — sybariclient.exe
 
Both of which will invoke the Sybari client, so it is a matter of preference how you invoke the client for Antigen management and administrative purposes.
 
If you are running the Sybari client on the SharePoint machine, you can connect to local instance by selecting local, or if you want to connect remotely to the Antigen instance simply select in the server name where your Antigen service is running. Most times, this client will be invoked on the local server that is running Antigen, however for some corporation it makes better sense for a person to invoke the client out of the administrative workstation. This installation option is available when launching the Antigen installation process, simple run the same .iso or CD that was used to install Antigen and choose the client tools.
 
Once you launch the Sybari Antigen client application, you will see the main interface with four main options on the right. These options are for a SharePoint or network administrator to drilldown into further functionality of the Antigen services, and to make appropriate judgment regarding configuration of antivirus options.
 
By default, the first pane you encounter when the client first starts is the settings pane, which is the most used pane for configuration of your Antigen services. You will find that you use this option more than any option when using Antigen, which can be seen through the remaining articles included on this site.
 
Using the Antigen ActiveX Control Within Your SharePoint Environment 
If you want to monitor your Antigen environment from within your SharePoint environment, from a web interface (i.e. a WebPart page), you can do so if you enterprise security settings allow you to do so (i . This can be accomplished by instantiating the ActiveX object provided by the Antigen software within a WebPart page. The ActiveX client allows you the option to monitor and configure your Antigen instance from within this webpage, so that if you need a convenient way to access it without installing it on all of your SharePoint administrator and developer workstation you can do so. This option of remote administration is a powerful option to extend your environment administration possibilities.
 
In order to install the ActiveX client into your SharePoint environment, you will need to properly install and inject the object. Firstly, you will need to expose the ActiveX object to your server, by unzipping the ActiveX client and releasing it into a directory being exposed by your IIS instance, typically within your Inetpub –> wwwroot directory. This can vary depending on your environment, but the ActiveX client will need to be able to be exposed at the web level. Afterwards, set the DCOM impersonation level to impersonate. Lastly, open up FrontPage or Microsoft SharePoint Designer, and choose the insert option. Choose web component — advanced controls — ActiveX control — and choose the Antigen ActiveX control, this will expose the ActiveX control within your WebPart page.
 
Using the Antigen Central Manager (ACM)
The other major client within the Antigen environment is Antigen Central Manager (ACM) which will allow you to create the job files that need to be deployed to correctly configure the Antigen environment. This job files are suffixed with the file extension .job, and are produced and managed through this user interface. It is important to realize that the .job files that are used by Antigen must be created through this interface, so as a standard always rely on the Antigen Central Manager to create these files. To invoke the Antigen Central Manager interface, navigate to:
 
Start — All Program — Sybari Software — Antigen Central Manager
 
This will bring up a small interface, and since it may be the first time you are using the Antigen Central Manager, there may not be jobs that are currently populated within the bottom portion of the interface. Continue onto the jobs section on this site to learn about configuring your first Antigen job.
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