Hyper-V: Antivirus on a Hyper-V host?

Posted on 2014-08-26
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
I have a 2012 Std R2 - Hyper-V host.  Can I  and should I install Antivirus on the host?  Should I exclude anything specific?
Question by:howmad2
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    Yes, Its recommended to have antivirus on the Hyper-V host with proper exclusion.

    Here is the exclusion list.

    All folders containing VHD, VHDX, AVHD, AVHDX, VSV and ISO files

    Default virtual machine configuration directory, if used  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V

    Default snapshot files directory, if used  %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Snapshots

    Custom virtual machine configuration directories, if applicable

    Virtual machine virtual hard disk files directory. By default, it is C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks.

    Custom virtual hard disk drive directories

    Snapshot files directory. By default, it is %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Snapshots.

    Vmms.exe (Note: May need to be configured as process exclusions within the antivirus software)

    Vmwp.exe (Note: May need to be configured as process exclusions within the antivirus software)

    Additionally, when you use Cluster Shared Volumes, exclude the CSV path C:\ClusterStorage and all its sub-directories.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers !
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Manojkumar Rane
    Check below link for recommended exclusions for hyper-v server.

    Apart from this, disable deep scan on server and configured quick scan at weekend. Also make sure that backup and antivirus scan can not be start at same time.

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