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Exchange 2010 Antivirus Options

Hello Experts,
We are in the process of migrating to Exchange 2010 and I am trying to determine what a good option is for antivirus protection of the mail data store itself.  I am aware of the need to exclude the Exchange directories, etc. from file level scanning on an Exchange server, but I also know that there are products designed to scan the mail data store for threats.  We do have an Ironmail appliance in place that scans all incoming mail for spam and virus threats, but I would like to know what are some good options for scanning the mail data on the Exchange server.  We do not have enterprise CALs for Exchange, which as I understand it, eliminates the possibility of using MS Forefront for Exchange, at least until we purchase enterprise CALs.  Please advise re: effectiveness and overall value.  
Thanks very much,
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Solutions Architect
I would say forefront protection for Exchange is the best one available for now
Keith AlabasterEnterprise Architect
Top Expert 2008
Agreed - FPE 2010 performs scans on both the transports and the mail stores.

Russ DillionSystems Administrator


Thanks for the advice guys, and sincere apologies for not getting back sooner.  Many fires to put out these days.  Am currently running trial of Forefront.  Again, I appreciate the help.