Tuesday, May 04, 2004

File-based antivirus scanning and Exchange servers

Should you have a file-based antivirus scanning software on your Exchange server? Many administrators do. I usually include Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition on most Exchange servers I deploy.

However, you are flirting with disaster if it is not configured correctly!!!!!

Make absolutely sure that you have excluded the Exchange server data directories (databases, transaction logs, queue directories, and MTA data directory). I have seen MANY Exchange server's databases corrupted when the file-based scanner attempted to clean a virus out of the database. This should never happen.

If you are running Exchange 2000, exclude the M:\ drive, also. Friends don't let friends scan the M:\ drive.

You should also exclude the \%windir%\SYSTEM32\INETSRV directory from the file-based scanning software.

Having a file-based scanner on your Exchange server does NOT exempt you from having a Exchange server-aware antivirus system such as Symantec Mail Security, Trend ScanMail, Sybari AntiGen, or McAfee Groupshield.


At 11:26 PM, Blogger Victor Osten said...

Protection for your computer.
Orbasoft Antispyware is one of the best options available when you are searching for protection for your computer that you can trust. I know because I have tried many different types of scans in the past and the biggest difference I have found between them is the price. I found the antispyware solution from Orbasoft to be a great option that is affordable and easy to use. Visit www.orbasoft.com to learn more about this scan and what it can do for you. If you are like me, you will be glad that you took the time to check it out.


Post a Comment

<< Home