SBS 2008 Console Security Status Shows Warning or Not Available

Posted on 2011-03-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm using SBS 2008 on a Dell Server. The server is a domain controller. All updates and patches have been installed. Also, I'm using McAfee Security as a Service on all clients and the server. I've opted for the native Windows Firewalls on both the clients and the server.

On the console, under Network, Computers, the "Security Status" for the server shows: Not Avaiilable. For the clients, it shows "Warning." In all cases the "Warning" is displayed as a result of "Virus and/or Spyware" detection. The source: "Security Center," which is McAfee.

I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the McAfee program on both the server and clients. No fix in sight!

Is there something I'm missing on the firewalls? DCom? WMI? Been there tried that...
Question by:waverobber
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by:Rob Williams
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I suspect it is just that SBS doesn't recognize your A/V application. You will get a warning if none is present or if SBS doesn't recognize it. Many are not known to SBS. If you wanted to verify if that is the case uninstall McAfee from one client and on that client install Microsoft security essentials. Give it an hour and see if it gives you a "green" approval.

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waverobber earned 0 total points
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Turns out I have no idea what was causing the communication problem between server and clients. First clue was the "Security Status" on the console. Second was the fact that I had made an adjustment on a custom GPO and it never made it to the clients! Bad sign. What fixed the problem was removing all clients from the domain (to a workgroup), then rejoining them. All comm was restored. I also deleted (it was some simple user privledge stuff) my custom GPO thinking maybe a conflict had somehow got in there. All good now. Thanks for the input!

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ID: 35230154
It fixed my problem

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