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HI to protect an exchange server should i set an antivirus only on the traffic with the external network or also on the server with the mailboxes?
Imean if a user inside the organization sends a mail to another one in the same organization it doesn't go through a server tha scans outgoing and incoming mai l with outside world, it routes internally is that exact?
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by:Microtech
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Hi aresblade22,

you need to have an exchange aware anti virus solution, do not let the antivirus scan the queues as it will cause problems

http://www.networkassociates.com/us/products/mcafee/antivirus/email/gs_exchange2000.htm or something similar is recommended

Hope This helps
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by:Sembee
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The file level antivirus should not scan any of the Exchange folders - there is a good chance it will corrupt the database if it does. If you are using Exchange 2000 this includes not scanning the M: drive as well.
Symantec is notorious for taking the entire database file in to its quarantine.

Get some specialised Exchange AV software. I tend to use something different than installed on the desktops and servers so that I have dual protection.
Exchange AV will scan all inbound, outbound and internal traffic - so if you setup attachment blocking then it will block internal attachments as well.

Trend were one of the favourites for Exchange, but their licensing makes it very expensive if you want it just for Exchange.  
I like McAfee Groupshield 5.2 personally - but others in the Exchange community dislike it.
My personal favourite is Antigen from Sybari. This has mutiple engine support which means content can be scanned by two or three different AV engines increase the chances of detection.
I will not put Symantec anywhere near any Exchange servers I administrate.

Simon.
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by:aresblade22
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yes thanks
but the email going from one user to the other inside the same organization? they dont' go outside is that right?
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by:Microtech
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they do not get routed outside...correct. but they will get scanned if an exchange anti-virus is installed...

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by:Microtech
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also if you have some virus scanning add-on in your mail client it will scan
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exx1976 earned 125 total points
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Forget the client-side scanners, you want a server-side scanner.  Sybari Antigen is the best Exchange scanner on the market currently.  It has the ability to use up to four separate engines, and it will scan any message that comes into or goes out of the server.  It also allows you to set up filtering, based on file type, or any other number of identifiers, and they have a version which has a pretty accurate spam filter built in, as well.

Check them out at www.sybari.com

HTH,
exx
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