Windows 2000 Server


I have just installed a windows 2000 server. I have some protection coming from a Linksys router with integrated firewall but would like to install anti virus and firewall software on the server. However, I would install Norton or something similar apart from the fees, so I am after some recommendations for the server.

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For software firewall i'd recommend going for Private firewall
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The Corporate Edition of Norton Antivirus is also an excellent choice
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In case you are running Exchange on your server as well, be sure to exclude the Exchange files from being scanned. See:

Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Install Intrusion Detection System called Blink and SecureIIS from eEye Software. You will pretty much be set at that point
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Tim HolmanCommented:
If you want to skimp on AV software and firewalls, then get hold of a good W2K server hardening guide:

If you lock down the ports, then in effect, this is firewalling.
Less ports is also less of a footprint for viruses to attack you.
Ensure that you don't let users use the machine as a workstation (this is where a lot of the viruses get in).
Configure Windows Update to automatically update the W2K server.

If you're going to configure file/printer sharing on the server, you really do need AV, but get hold of a good fast one like Trend (Norton is slow..).

Also consider HIPS like

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CyartAuthor Commented:

The microsoft link is not working, can u post again, many thanks
Tim HolmanCommented:
Hmmm... I can't access at all today.  Wonder what's up?
Some other links here:

Try MSBA if you can - great tool.
CyartAuthor Commented:
Thanx all
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