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Dear Expert,
I have a Windows 2003 server used as an internet gateway and file server for 10 Win XP Pro clients. Is it enough to have Anti-virus software on the clients only or is one required for the server as well? If one is required can you please suggest a cost+my Network-size friendly option?
Thanks in advance.

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This is one of those questions with no definite single answer.

An AV program is not required, and my personal suggestion is to not even use it on your server.

By its very nature, a server is not a machine on which you should log in interactively. If it is being used primarily as a file server, any files that the users transfer to/from the server will be scanned on each client computer anyway, so scanning on the server is redundant. At the same time, there are often ill-effects of installing AV software on servers, such as files access contention issues, and in the worst cases the server becomes unbootable because of problems with AV software.

Others may have a different opinion, and certainly you should weigh the pros and cons.
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