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Anti-virus software on Exchange Server necessary?

Posted on 2014-07-22
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This question isn't in regards to AV for e-mail traffic, SPAM software, etc. as we already have that deployed both on the Exchange server (SPAM/AV software with GFI) and in our ASA router (SPAM software, network AV, etc.).

This is more the file system AV (Symantec) that we have already installed on the Exchange server - is it necessary? The Exchange server is only operating as an Exchange server.
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I would say that all antivirus providers would say best practice is yes. In that a worm can infect any unprotected node on your network regardless of it's role.

Personally I always install OS level AV on my Exchange servers.

But be sure to follow the best practices as outlined by Microsoft here.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb332342(v=exchg.150).aspx
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Can you recommend your OS level AV?
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I typically use Symantec EndPoint Protection.
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