The Sophos Email Appliance is a specialized server that is used at the gateway to scan email for viruses and spam. Email is scanned before it enters your network, and any unwanted or suspicious items can be removed before messages reach your mail server.
You can also use the appliance to scan outgoing email for viruses and spam, prevent the accidental loss of sensitive information with Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and protect sensitive data with Secure PDF Exchange (SPX).
The appliance plugs directly into your network. It provides a management console that you access from another computer, using a web browser.
The Sophos scanning software is already installed and configured on the appliance when you buy it. You can either accept the default settings or customize the configuration if required.
Online help becomes available when you power on the Appliance.
Read the knowledgebase article that describes requirements for getting started.
Software installed on the Appliance
The appliance comes with the following:
Setting up the Appliance
You must perform the following steps to start the appliance:
Keeping the appliance up to date
The Appliance is automatically updated whenever a new version of Sophos software is released. For example, the anti-virus or anti-spam engines, or virus detection files (IDEs). You can also install software upgrades manually.
Managing the appliance
The management of tasks, network and appliance monitoring, and reporting, is accessible via the web-based management console.
A variety of reports are available. Details are given in the online help.
What types of alert are sent to Sophos support?
The system alerts the administrator and Sophos Technical Support in the event of a software or hardware issue. No information about mail flow or message content is passed on to Sophos.
The Appliance supports Active Directory
With Active Directory support you can perform a number of tasks, including importing user lists from other systems, policy enforcement, and authentication.
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