Thursday, September 02, 2004

Symantec Mail Security for Exchange v4.5 on clusters

I am working on a project for the U.S. Army. We had planned on using Symantec Mail Security for Exchange (SMSMSE) (v4.5) as the antivirus software package for the servers. We found that SMSMSE does not work properly on Exchange 2003 clusters with more than two nodes. The bottom line is that SMSMSE cannot work as a clustered resource. Symantec's Premier support did not seem to concerned that it would not work in our environment.

Sigh.... sorry, I'm ranting. I usually like Symantec's products. But, if you have any cluster configuration other than a two-node, active-passive cluster, you should consider using Sybari's Antigen. This will save you a lot of time and trouble when trying to make your cluster work well.

If you have no choice but to use SMSMSE on your clustered nodes, it will have to be installed on each node and not operated as a clustered resource.


At 2:17 AM, Blogger Teo Heras said...

Have you heard of any issues with Group Shield on Exchange 2003 active/passive cluters?

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Jim McBee said...

Actally, I try to avoid Groupshield like the plague. Never tried to implement it on a cluster, though.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Scott W. said...

This is too funny Jim... I was just implementing SMSMSE on an A/P cluster knowing that there is no resource that is possible in this configuration. Needless to say, after running some failover testing, SMSMSE doesn't do very well with this. We had to restart the service anytime we did a failover. I really tried to sell Antigen, but they are a symantec shop across the board. :(

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