Windows Small Business Server 2008 And Microsoft Security Essentials

Posted on 2010-09-23
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Does anyone know if Microsoft Securty Essentials will run on Windows Small Business Server 2008? What are other alternatives?
Question by:asheersingh

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by:Robby Swartenbroekx
ID: 33741669
Microsoft Security essentials will not run on Windows server versions, only Windows XP (x86), Windows Vista (x86 + x64) or Windows 7 (x86 + x64).

Microsoft has a Business line of the security essentials with Microsoft Forefront Client Security.
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 33741678
In general, you should be running a business class antivirus on your workstations and the same product should be protecting the server. I've been recommending and installing Sunbelt's VIPRE Enterprise - cost is very reasonable, though there is a minimum of 10, I believe.  Still, then 10 copies can be as little as $100 for one year.

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@LordPan. How do I purchase Microsoft Forefront Client Security?
Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.


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by:Robby Swartenbroekx
ID: 33742029
Hello Asheersingh,

Every Microsoft partner can sell you the open value volume licenses you need. it is possible to buy them individually. Most B2B IT resellers are also Microsoft partner.

you can search for partners on the microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/en/us/purchase.aspx

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by:Mohed Sharfi
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Hi asheersingh,
I hope you fine and doing well, please check this article:
(Install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Server 2008 R2)
Best Of Luck

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by:Robby Swartenbroekx
ID: 33742216
This workaround is no longer working because they "fixed the bug" as the author discribed it so beautifull.
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Cris Hanna earned 2000 total points
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Just a side note...Microsoft announced yesterday that beginning in October, Microsoft Security Essentials can now be installed on up to 10 computers in a business environment.  Previously MSE was only licensed for Home users.
My personal preference for my customers is to install a Firewall which also provides UTM (universal Threat Managment..ie AV, Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware/Malware, Content Managment, etc) so that everything coming from the net is scanned and dealth with before ever getting into my customers network.   So I have nothing on my Server (which also insures that no 3rd party software will screw with the server OS)
My workstations all have MS Forefront Client Security, incase someone brings something on a flash drive from somewhere else.

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