Kaspersky Small Office Security review
Kaspersky Small Office Security is designed to protect small companies with one server and up to 5 clients. A one server/10-PC version costs £210 ex VAT. It's not necessary to have a server on your network as you can run the built in management console from any instance of the software, but you'll be out of luck if you want to protect a Windows Server 2012 Essentials server, as this isn't yet supported.
The easiest way to get started is to install the software on all the machines you want to protect, run the management console on each and set the same administrator password. Thereafter you'll be able to manage the entire group from any one computer, while individual users won't be able to change their own settings or quit the anti-virus application without knowing the password you set. From the console you can configure a single PC to act as an update source for the others, or leave each to download updates from the internet themselves - which may not be ideal if you have a limited data allowance.
While the in-built console lacks the sophistication of that used by Symantec's Endpoint Protection, it makes up for it with a simple and comparatively intuitive interface that's more suited to a small business without any specialist in-house IT skills. It's not too basic, either; you can browse the status of PCs running the software, update them or trigger scans, of course, but you can also configure and deploy all the suite's other main features from the console.
These include a simple backup program that can handle cloud, FTP or network storage destinations, and web policies which comprise an impressive set of user content control. You can, for example, configure schedules for when a user's computer or internet use is allowed, implement the blocking of websites by category, or even set up alerts to show when staff use certain words or phrases within social messages or web forms. We wouldn't generally advise the latter unless you're sure that there's a problem.