Tasks - Periodic scan job
The New scan job window lets administrators define a single or periodic scan job. A complete job configuration consists of three aspects: Job scheduling, Scanner settings and Analysis scope, each covered by their respective window tabs.
Which options are available on the tabs depends on the type of client that the job is being planned for. For example, when planning a job for an Exchange server (if Exchange Mail Security has been installed), options that deal with threats specific to desktop clients are not available.
The Job scheduling tab lets you plan the scan job:
- Job name: Specify which name the scan job should have. You can enter meaningful names here such as Archive scan or Monthly scan to clearly label the job so that it can be found again in the table overview.
- Schedule (Periodic scan job): For periodic scan jobs, this option specifies when and at what intervals the virus check should occur. If you select On system startup the scheduling defaults no longer apply and the G DATA software will run the scan each time your computer is restarted. For Daily jobs, you can specify under Weekdays on which specific days of the week the job should be carried out.
- Time: Use this option to set a specific start time. For single scan jobs without start time, the scan job will be started immediately after creation.
- Allow the user to halt or cancel the scan job: Permissions can be granted to the users for pausing or aborting the job via the system tray context menu.
- Notify the user when a virus has been found: Displays a notification on the client when a virus is found.
- Report scan progress to the ManagementServer (every 2 minutes): Enable this option to report the status of a scan job to the server.
- Shut down client after scan job, if no user is logged on: The client can be shut down automatically after the scan job is finished.
- Run scan job later if a client is not powered up at the scheduled time: If a computer is not switched on at the scheduled time of a periodic scan job, the scan job can be started later by ticking this option.
- User context (optional): If the scan job includes network shares, they should be entered as a UNC path instead of using mapped network drives. If the client's machine account (e.g. Client001$) has no permissions to access a share, enter a User name and Password for an account with the appropriate permissions here.
The Scanner tab shows the settings with which the scan job will be executed. The following options are available:
- Use engines: The G DATA software works with two independently operating virus scanning engines (see Client settings > Monitor).
- If an infected file is found: Specify what should happen if an infected file is detected (see Client settings > Monitor).
- Infected archives: Specify here how infected archives are to be treated (see Client settings > Monitor).
- File types: Here you can define the file types G DATA should check for viruses. Please bear in mind that checking all files on a computer can take considerable time.
- Priority scanner: You can use the levels High, Medium and Low to specify whether the virus check should have high priority on the client (in which case the analysis is relatively quick and other applications may run more slowly during the analysis) or low priority (the analysis requires more time, so that other applications can continue to run relatively unaffected). Which priority to choose mostly depends on the point of time at which the virus check will be carried out.
- Settings: Specify the additional virus analyses you want the G DATA software to perform. The default options are the recommended ones, but depending on the type of application, the time gained by omitting these checks may outweigh the slightly reduced level of security. Most of the settings are identical to those found on the panel Client settings > Monitor, but the following ones are specific to scan jobs:
- Check for rootkits: A rootkit attempts to evade conventional virus detection methods. You can use this function to specifically search for rootkits, without checking all hard drives and files.
- Use all available CPUs: With this option, you can distribute the virus checking load on systems with multiple processor kernels over all the processors with the result that the virus checking runs considerably quicker. The downside to this option is that less processing power is available for other applications. This option should only be used if the scan job is executed at times when the system is not regularly used (e.g. at night).
Using the Analysis scope tab, you can limit the scan job to specific directories (when planning a scan job for a client) or mailboxes (when planning a scan job for an Exchange server). The folder selection window allows you to pick folders from both the PC on which Administrator is running and on clients. When including network shares, they should be defined as a UNC path instead of using mapped drives. The Analysis scope can be used to exclude folders, for example those with rarely used archives (which can then be checked in a separate scan job).