Do I need antivirus on a Windows 2012 Hyper-V host

I am only running Hyper-V on this server, nothing else.

If so is there a free one anyone can recommend.

thanks Terry
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gheistConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You probably mistook it for free home user product...

Go to comodo endpoint security manager/download 10 free licences....

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aadihCommented:
No need.

Worth reading (why not? and why?) of using an antivirus in your environment:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/andrew/archive/2011/11/09/anti-virus-and-hyper-v-yes-or-no.aspx >
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I assume you have guest machines and they for sure would need antivirus.

I would also make sure your host is behind a strong firewall.

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Vishnu KiranPrincipal Support EngineerCommented:
As you're running Hyper-V as a service on top of Windows Server 2012, then you should run your anti-virus software on the host OS and also in each guest OS.

Running an antivirus application only at the host level provides inadequate protection, just as only running antivirus software within the individual VM's can leave the host OS unprotected.

You can evaluate Antivirus vendors available in the market

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terrybuck9Author Commented:
Thanks for comments.

It seems your comments are saying that if I run on my host just core OS and Hyper-V I do not need AV, but if I run full OS with Gui I do?

I would always have AV on guests.

Terry
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gheistCommented:
Comodo AV is free...
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terrybuck9Author Commented:
Unfortunately Comodo AV does not run on Server 2012.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Symantec Endpoint Protection is not free but not expensive and it will run on your server so far as I know.

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terrybuck9Author Commented:
Thanks I will try the comodo next week.

Terry
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gheistCommented:
Now it is different licencing. Just 60 days I think.
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Aswad GhaziCommented:
I have the same situation where I am running 2 servers with windows 2012 hyper V (Not R2) with GUI. On the VMs I have 2008 r2 & sophos endpoint antivirus running but nothing on the host machines. Could you please advise if I should leave it as it is? Thanks
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terrybuck9Author Commented:
Hi

I did in the end, I used Vipre.  They have a Hyper-V Client and host system.

Thanks Terry
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