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Anti-Virus

Postby johnsco-p40 » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:42 pm

I recently connected all of our computers in the Stake to the Internet. I was wondering what Anti-Virus application is provided by the Church. If it is on a link I would appreciate someone providing that link.

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Postby aebrown » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:47 pm

johnsco wrote:I recently connected all of our computers in the Stake to the Internet. I was wondering what Anti-Virus application is provided by the Church. If it is on a link I would appreciate someone providing that link.


The Local Unit Security Suite is required to be installed on all ward and stake administrative computers. It will install LANDesk as well as Symantec Antivirus software.

You can download LUSS from mls.lds.org. You can find the instructions for configuring administrative computers there as well (Dell 740 Already in Service Computer Instructions). If you do not have the password for that site, contact your stake clerk. You should also be familiar with the Meetinghouse Internet instructions, and particularly the Meetinghouse Internet Guidelines (which document the requirement for installing LUSS).

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:28 pm

If you're talking about a official FHC (not something the local leaders have set up), then you need to go to remote.familysearch.org, go to the "Family History Centers Only" link and download LANDesk. Once that is done, you'll have access to download software including Anti-virus.

An official FHC will have a unit number (usually starts with a 3 or a 4) that's separate from the Ward or Stake unit numbers. You'll need that information to set up LANDesk.

If your talking about a computer other then an official FHC, or the administrative computer that Alan's talking about, then you are are on your own. This would include any laptops used for training, or computers used for Family History training outside of an official FHC.

Unfortunately most free anti-virus products that I'm aware of are licensed for "home use only" and would be illegal to use in a church setting.
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Postby johnsco-p40 » Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:09 pm

Does the church have an image I can download? I have a Dell that is sick and needs to be reformated.

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Postby aebrown » Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:14 pm

johnsco wrote:Does the church have an image I can download? I have a Dell that is sick and needs to be reformated.


There is no downloadable image. If the Dell is fairly old, it would have Desktop 5.5 installed on it. That would have been installed by the Stake Technology Specialist at the time, and he should have (or should have passed on to his successor) the 4 CDs that make up Desktop 5.5. In this case, you could use those CDs to reimage the system.

If the Dell is more recent, then it would not have had Desktop 5.5 on it. But it should have come with a recovery disk of some sort. You can use that to reinstall the operating system, and then you can reload the Local Unit Security Suite, MLS, and any other additional applications. Even if the computer once had Desktop 5.5 installed, if you can't locate the Desktop 5.5 CDs, this is an acceptable way to go.

Of course, however you reformat your system, make sure you backup everything you can before you do so.

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Postby Mikerowaved » Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:47 pm

johnsco wrote:Does the church have an image I can download? I have a Dell that is sick and needs to be reformated.

If the PC in question is old enough to still have Desktop 5.5 installed, look for an option right at bootup (before XP starts) that will allow you to restore a saved image of the C: drive. If no one has updated this, the restore image will be the initial install of Desktop 5.5, which will save you a few steps if this is what you need to do.

This will wipe the C: drive, so as Alan cautioned, make sure you have all your data saved that you want to keep before you do the restore. You can then install the latest version of MLS and restore your unit's data from your backups.
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