Updates

The Configuration > System > Updates page displays the versions and dates of the current threat definition package and the software engine, and advises if newer versions are available. If a software engine update is available, there are also details about the nature of the update and the time and date of the next scheduled automatic update.

Software engine: The latest available software engine version is displayed. To subscribe to an RSS feed of information about appliance software updates, click the RSS icon to the right of the title. The version number is divided by decimal points into four parts, for example 2.13.2.0. Reading from left to right, the parts signify:

Version Type Version Element
major release 2.13.2.0
minor release 2.13.2.0
maintenance release 2.13.2.0
hotfix release 2.13.2.0

Click Check for Updates to refresh this information.

Threat definitions: New threat definitions from SophosLabs (including anti-virus, anti-spam, and IP-blocking data) are automatically downloaded and installed throughout the day.

  • An icon is displayed on the left side of the Threat definitions section, indicating the status of automatic updates (turns red if the Email Appliance is unable to connect to Sophos).
  • Installed: Version number of the current threat definitions.
  • Auto Update Schedule: The frequency with which the appliance checks for updates.
  • Last updated: Date and time of the most recent update.

Software engine: System software updates (including critical and maintenance updates) are installed automatically, but the installation can be delayed for a limited time so that they can also be installed manually using the Update Now button.

  • An icon is displayed on the left side of the Software engine section, indicating the status of the update scheduler (turns red if the Email Appliance is unable to connect to Sophos).
  • Installed: Version number of the currently installed software.
  • Available: Version number of the available update (if an update is available).
  • Update type: Indicates if an update is available, and the nature of the update (for example, a critical update).
  • History: Clicking on the history icon will display a list of all software updates that have been installed on the appliance since the history was last cleared.
  • Auto update schedule: Date and time that the available update will be installed if no manual update is performed. If no update is available, this field is blank.
  • Last updated: Date and time of the most recent update.
Software engine update schedule:: Displays the dates and times that the appliance's software engine will apply updates. There are two types of updates:
  • Critical updates: these are updates that affect functionality and usability of the appliance.
  • Non-critical updates: these are updates that may affect the appearance, or introduce new functionality, but are not necessary for the appliance to continue operating properly.
To change the software engine update schedule, click Configure.