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Just setup my server using MS server 2008. Looking for input on the best overall protection software. I usually am a McAfee person but they say they don't support 64bit opearting systems yet. Any help would be appreciated. Needs to support Exchange for viruses/spam/etc. Would also use it as a client product.
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I use Kaspersky Enterprise Server on the 64bit platform for file system protection and Kaspersky Workstation on the clients. I do not use any third party Exchange based spam or anti viral protection. The reason for this is that Exchange 2007 has excellent spam and anti viral protection built in.
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Something other than what you have on the workstations.
So if you are running McAfee on the workstations then run something else on the server. Whoever told you that McAfee don't support x64 was wrong.

Be wary that many of the major players (Trend, Symantec and McAfee) make you buy a suite, you cannot buy the individual components. Therefore you might want to go for something like AVG for the server and GFI Mail Security for the Exchange part.

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To correct the above - Exchange 2007 does NOT have any built in AV protection. It has Antispam built in, but some find it a little limiting.

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If you are a Microsoft shop and would like to use Microsoft product, my recomendation is to user Microsoft Forefront Client Security..

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/bb738009.aspx

Santhosh Sivarajan
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Do not use Symantec Endpoint on Windows 2008 server because of network issues that SEP causes. Even with the most updated release there are still issues with SEP stopping network communication.

McAfee has been a real good product for Windows 2008 Server with no conflicts unlike many AVs.

AVG is another proven product for Windows 2008 server. I have used this product on two servers without any issues TigerMatt uses this product and has suggested it so I gave it a try.

Trend Micro and Kaspersky both have caused memory leaks in Windows 2008 Server.

MS Forefront is a product that won't cause any conflicts but won't catch all virus or spyware. MS is a little behind on AV.
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"MS Forefront is a product that won't cause any conflicts but won't catch all virus or spyware. MS is a little behind on AV"

Can you share some information about this comment?  I have implemented FCS at a few clients and I haven't heard any singles issue like this..
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Three years ago MS was a little behind. However things have come a long way.
Forefront is based on Sybari Antigen, which was considered the best Exchange AV software.
The MS AV definitions  are considered very good now. They are the same definitions used for OneCare and the new free AV software which is getting very good reviews.

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MS Forefront for Exchange is a good product. I do not argue with that.

The MS Forefront for client security has been an issue for me many times. My personal experience is that MS forefront has allowed viruses on the client side to come through that McAfee and AVG have caught.
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From my experince Forefront is a very good product.    You need to make sure you have a tight FCS policy inplace.

ss6766,
My recomendation is to evaluate Forefront in your lab.  
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Thanks to all...sorry I couldn't give all the points to all.
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