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What Anti-Virus will run on Windows Server 2003 64 bit?

twells34 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I just built a Quick Books Enterprise Server with Windows 2003 64bit Standard Edition and am having problems finding an Anti-Viruse program that is compatable with both QB and the OS.  I have tried McAfee and Norton but no luck.
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Praveen DMInfra Team Lead
Top Expert 2008


Firewall and antivirus software compatibility

QuickBooks 2009 has been tested with the following firewall and antivirus products. In some cases, it may be necessary to adjust settings in these products to ensure the best possible performance with QuickBooks.

Windows XP Firewall (all editions)
Windows Vista Firewall (all editions)
Windows Live OneCare
Symantec Norton AntiVirus, Internet Security, Norton 360
McAfee VirusScan Plus, Internet Security, Total Protection
Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security
Check with their support.... and I guess there might be some tweak settings that needs to be done to f..better get their support ...as being a new client u will get good support...


Hi, thanks for the reply.  Yes, I did read this in the Owners Manual for QuickBooks Enterprise Editions.  However, the problem is with the Server 2003 64 bit.  These AV programs are NOT compatable with Server 2003 64 bit.  I even called McAfee direct and they said sorry.  We don't support Server 2003 64bit.

tigermattSite Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011


AVG works on Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition. I have deployed this in its 'Network Edition' - intended for business networks - and am very impressed with the quality of the product. http://www.avg.com/product-avg-anti-virus-network-edition#tba2



Hi Matt,
           Thanks for your response.  Yes, I too have deployed AVG Network Edition on a Windows Server 2003 Edition.  However, this was just a stand alone file server for the office.  AVG is not listed on the QuickBooks Enterprise Editon Owners Manual as a tested solution.  I guess I can just deploy it and see what happens.  I can always uninstall if it blows up.  Right?


Twells 34

Symantec enterprise edition will support 64bit if you are licensed to use it. We currently have two server 2003 64 bit editions running symantec MR4. However, I reccomend disabling proactive threat and network threat protection as they tend to intefere.
Site Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011

I would never ever consider deploying any Symantec Anti-Virus on a corporate network. From a purely technical stance, it is widely considered to mess with servers big-time - the SEP product has caused some Server 2003/2008 machines to completely fall over, and Microsoft will not offer support while that product is installed. Similarly, Norton/Symantec AVs use way too many system resources for what they do.

I have deployed AVG on several servers where Quickbooks has been running and have never had any issues - including 64-bit servers. I don't think they offer just a single license, but their Network Edition is available on a 2 license package for not too much money.

You can always uninstall it if it wreaks havoc, but I highly doubt it will.


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Hmmm Tiger obvioulsy has strong ties to AVG and feels very passionate about it. I can't tell you Symantec is perfect but I know we haven't had any problems with it. We run all our Quick Books on 32 bit servers but as long as you only run the  antivirus you shouldn't have any issues. But seriously... Who uses microsoft support? Isn't that why sites like this exist. You can gamble on something that might work but if it doesn't then you've wasted time and money. I'm not selling you anything, just telling you what's worked for our purposes.
Praveen DMInfra Team Lead
Top Expert 2008

Not supporting any product..But AVG  is far better user friendly and has been secure too wen compared to Symantec...Symantec seems to consume more CPU mem too wen compared to other AV's... But we do use Symantec in most of the servers... ;-) ...but wen it comes to performace and user friendlyness AVG stands better...
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

You can't use the home version of McAfee - you need a BUSINESS class version - Virus Scan Enterprise.

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i (and I believe 8.7i) supports Server 2003 64-bit edition - and usually supports new technologies before Symantec does.

From the link above:
Server requirements

    * Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server; Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Enterprise Server, SP6/6a
    * Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server
    * Microsoft Windows 2000 Server; Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, SP3, SP4
    * Microsoft Windows Server 2003: Standard, Enterprise, or Web Edition (32-bit and 64-bit), SP1
    * Microsoft Windows 2008 Server, including Server Core, (requires patch 5)
    * Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS)
    * Other supported platforms: XP Tablet PC, Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 & XP Support; EMC Celerra File Server Support

(I would STAY AWAY from Symantec products as in my experience, while they offer a fantastic feature set, they simply do not reliably protect you from attacks - again, in my experience).

I know McAfee 8.5i works as Lee was saying. At least it works on my servers. There were some manual configuration in 8.5i that I had to make. It seems to like to block many .exe or registry entries that you might need for Windows updates.  McAfee Enterprise editions are heavy computer resource users, like RAM and CPU usage.
Kaspersky was working very well on Vista Ultimate on a x64 box. Kaspersky was rated number two this last year for AV protection, above and beyond McAfee. Most prefer it above Symantec because it is not so taxing on the OS or system resources. I don't know how compatible it is with 2003 server. It's pretty user friendly but might take some of the IT admin away from you. The question is compatibility. It works with 64 boxes but I don't know about the server OS.
I love this site when comparing products: (lots of good information here)
Also on any AV product it is a good idea to call their customer service to make sure their product is configured to be compatible with the server services. Most AV products are geared towards home use and then manually configured by the IT admin to be compatible with the server.
Nothing beets a good set of IT security policies and Knowledge. Consider setting your site up with IT security awarness classes or web sites. After all, AV products should be the LAST line of defense.

I like to look at AV products as my last priority in IT security:

1) Educated administrators
2) Educated users
3) FIREWALLS (it's amazing what you can block with firewalls)
4) Updates fully patched (It's always nice to update the wholes that the OS provides)

NOTE: All of the above fight a virus before the fact. AV and AS products fight malware after the fact. So, it is priority number 5.
5) AV and AS products fully updated


Thanks for all the feed back guys.  Excellent!
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