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MS Exchange/McAfee:  Deleting the entire 'quarantine' directory

Posted on 2006-06-25
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We have an Exchange 2003 server with McAfee Virus Scanning enabled.  The server ran out of disk space late last night.  Upon noticing this, (and without giving it much thought) I went in deleted the entire C:\Quarantine directory.  There were over 10 GB worth of files in there...I permanently deleted the folder and then created a new one with the same name.  Now, after thinking it through, I'm worried that I may have deleted something important.  Could I have made a big mistake?  Please advise.  Thanks!
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Question by:brian_vt_hokie
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Quarantine directory holds all the emails that have been quarantined by the anti-virus.
exchange will still function but you would not be able to release any files that might have been quarantined
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Yes exchange should be fine.  Your only issue is you probably will not be able to delete the list of quarantined files in the AV program.  

Have you configured AV not to scan the vital exchange directories?  Im having a laugh at reading about yet another exchange server failure due to persons installing AV software on the server itself, if I had a penny for everytime I heard an exchange box falling over due to AV software on it.........

AV should be handled by the clients themselves or ideally by a mail gateway prior to reaching your exchange server, I learnt this the hard way several times over :(
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Agreed with Mikee ur AV should never be installed on ur exchange server , now as u have deleted the folder quarentine , u will not be able to get the mails back that the AV software marked as quarentine , so to avoid this in future remove the AV from the exchange server .

Exchange will run fine without problems

Amit.
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