You activate key features for Symantec Protection Engine when you install the appropriate license. Key features include scanning for threats and security risks, HTTP content filtering, and related updates. You must install the licenses through the Symantec Protection Engine console.
For complete scanning functionality and definition updates, you need the following licenses:
Product licenses activate scanning functionality.
The AV Scanning license activates the threat scanning features and security risk scanning features. The URLFiltering license activates the HTTP URL filtering features.
You must have valid product licenses to configure the product and to access the threat (antivirus) scanning, security risk scanning, and HTTP content filtering features. Without valid product licenses, you cannot access these features in the console.
The first time that you open the console after installation, only the License view is active. You must install the AV Scanning license to access the Configuration, Reports, Monitors, and System pages in the console. You must have the AV Scanning and URL Filtering licenses installed to access the Policies pages. You must also activate the Insight license to take advantage of the Insight scanning feature.
If you upgrade from a previous version and your licenses are current, Symantec Protection Engine automatically recognizes these licenses. You do not need to reinstall your licenses.
Symantec Protection Engine installs with the most current definitions that are available at the time the product is released. After you install the product and activate the licenses, perform a definition update to obtain the most current definitions. If you discover a problem with the new definitions, revert to the definitions that were shipped with the product.
When a license is within 60 days of its expiration date, it is considered to be in a warning period. After a license expires, the licensed feature continues to operate for a specified period of time. This specified period of time is the grace period. If the grace period expires with no license renewal, all record of the license is removed. To regain product functionality when your license expires, you must renew and reactivate your license subscription.
You can configure Symantec Protection Engine to generate log entries when a license is in the warning period or the grace period.