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Microsoft Forefront Server Protection or Trends Scan Mail for Exchange 2010

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I recently installed Exchange 2010 on a Windows 2008 platform. I have the choice of using Microsoft Forefront Server Protection or Scanmail from Trendmicro. I was wondering which one to use. I know Trend has been doing it longer than Microsoft when it comes to spam and viruses.
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I can really tell you that both of them are very good products.

Personally, I recommend you Forefront Server Protection. It is newer but has had a great functionality and has the advantage of the different engines that are working toguether with Microsoft in order to protect the messaging infrastructure (and these ones include companies making antispam, antivirus products before trendmicro)

 
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Thanks for the response. Do you think Forefront would impact Exchange performance more?
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It depends on the configuration. Like we know it is an advantage that we use multiple engines. But in the way that we use more engines we impact more the performance. By default, forefront allow you to use a maximum of five, but a lot of ideas can be taken in consideration with this

Here is basic information about the performance considerations with Forefront:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff472326.aspx

In another hand, forefront has another advantage that most of the rest of the antivirus doesn't have. Like the use of flags with the scanned items. It avoid that the same item be scanned multiple times during its process inside the organization

In general terms, must of the antivirus reflect close to a 20% impact in the performance. Specially affected the I/O disk activity. And the correct exclusions shall be configured (Logs, DBs, temp, IIS, and other Exchange folders, services processes and file extensions)

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Ok. Thanks for the info. Is Forefront a total av and spam solution?
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Yes - it is - for the server.
Forefront gives you the option to use just a subset of the available engines by the way. You don't have to use all of them
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Yes, it is

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Ok. Thanks for all your help. I'll give it a try.
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