Recommended Antivirus Software for Servers

What do you recommend for Antivirus software for a Server with 3 virtual Servers?

Do I need Antivirus protection for Main Server and all 3 virtual servers?

Main Server is Windows 2008 Server. 1 Virtual Server has our main application and database.

Virtual Server 2 contains Exchange Server for email

Virtual Server 3 stores documents, etc., for our office.
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akbConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I can recommend ClamWin from
It is free. It only runs when scheduled so has no impact on server performance any other time.
JAN PAKULAConnect With a Mentor ICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
WE are using Sophos

and yes you will need Sophos on Virtual Machines - Remember - Virtual Machines are like "normal" Machines - but Virtualized  - they are still prone to infections
Natty GregConnect With a Mentor In Theory (IT)Commented:
Clamav is great and free, F-secure is another which can be manage centrally
Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Ask a question like this and you'll get opinions as varied as asking what the best flavor of ice cream is.  There is no definitive answer.

I use VIPRE.  I've tried close to a dozen others over the years and have had issues with them all.  ABSOLUTE WORST is Symantec in my opinion.

You DO need to tweak what is scanned though as certain files/folders on servers should be excluded depending on what the server does.  You also need to AV on the VMs.

I would suggest you review this Microsoft Support Article:
Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows (this includes server editions).
Chuck0410Author Commented:
Thanks for all of your opinions.

Lee W stated that it's like asking what the best flavor of ice cream is.

I had to laugh because He's right, but I just wanted to know what others are using successfully.

I'm using Vipre now, but find it lacking.

I will be trying F-Secure because it seems to have a very high ranking and I found no negative comments regarding it's use.

Thanks to all
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