Select an update source for an update manager

If you use role-based administration, you must have the Policy setting - updating right to configure an update manager. For more information, see Managing roles and sub-estates.

You need to select a source from which an update manager will download security software and updates for distribution across the network.

You can select several sources. The first source in the list is the primary source. Additional sources in the list are optional alternate locations that the update manager uses if it cannot collect an update from the primary source.

  1. If you are in the Endpoints view, click the Update managers button on the toolbar to display the Update managers view.
  2. In the list of update managers, select the update manager for which you want to select an update source. Right-click and click View/Edit configuration.
  3. In the Configure update manager dialog box, on the Sources tab, click Add.
  4. In the Source details dialog box, in the Address field, enter the address of the source. The address can be a UNC or HTTP path.

    If you want to download software and updates directly from Sophos, select Sophos.

  5. If necessary, in the Username and Password fields, enter the username and password for the account that will be used to access the update source.
    • If the update source is Sophos, enter the download credentials supplied by Sophos.
    • If the update source is the default update share created by an update manager located higher in the updating hierarchy, the Username and Password fields will be pre-populated.

      The default update share is a UNC share \\<ComputerName>\SophosUpdate, where ComputerName is the name of the computer where the update manager is installed.

    • If the update source is a non-default update share on your network, enter credentials for the account that has read rights to the share. If the Username needs to be qualified to indicate the domain, use the form domain\username.
  6. If you access the update source via a proxy server, select Use a proxy server to connect. Then enter the proxy server Address and Port number. Enter a Username and Password that give access to the proxy server. If the username needs to be qualified to indicate the domain, use the form domain\username. Click OK.
    The new source appears in the list in the Configure update manager dialog box.

If you have already installed an update manager on a different computer, the share where that update manager downloads software and updates will appear on the list of addresses. You can select it as a source for the update manager you are configuring. Then you can move the address that you want to be the primary one to the top of the list, using the Move up and Move down buttons to the right of the list.