@dbeato no, just an online file by file virus scanner?
No, (although it should be for another thread) it gives you information about the file, file hash. or URL in question. Example below is the Itarian Remote Control application Executable:
It compares the has of the file to multiple AV and Technology companies to see if the hash has been flagged as malicious or not or if it is questionable.
How is that useful? The executable is rebuilt on every install for every group that it auto links to. that makes a hash useless.
That might be true for ConnectWise but not all Executables create a new hash everytime.
And in those unrelated cases, lots of things flagging the would be more meaningful.
Could it be that they are not focusing on supporting self hosted options since it generates so little revenue for them?
If this is their goal, they've screwed the pooch on marketing. Informing customers that they aren't able to maintain their software and that it has security issues is the exact opposite thing that you do if you want to convince them to moved to a completely opaque system and "just trust" that they will keep your systems safe.
If this is their goal, they are doing exactly the opposite of what would be smart about it. If they wanted to move customers in this direction, they should make customers happy and move them this way, instead of pushing on premises sales and not provided good support.
I put fedora workstation on a usb, and live booted and installed l2tp dependencies with no issue.
So installing iced tea should be fine.
I've worked with lots of live sessions without persistence, and never had an issue installing additional software. Granted your limited to RAM as your total storage and system operation, and any additional software installed goes away on power off/reboot. It's odd that you're having trouble installing something unless it's requiring lots of large dependencies.
Your game plan is sound. Maybe they'll learn the joys of good backups?
@JaredBusch that Windows license thing is a huge deal. Everyone always blows it off with a "SMBs only run Windows" but that's so not true, especially in this day and age with virtualization. And any technical MSP knows to use the right tool for the right job. Sure 99% of SMBs run Windows but 100% of SMBs don't want to waste money for no reason. Running Windows doesn't mean you have spare, otherwise useless licenses sitting around. The cost of SW is actually quite high when you consider the licensing headaches. And since you either need a VDI license, a server license or to run it on a physical desktop it is far more costly than people really admit.
Running SW "right" means a Server 2012 R2 license virtualized with some serious disk subsystem to keep it running smoothly. That's far from trivial if you are an SMB. That's more cost than many put into their entire IT infrastructure!