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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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I can recommend ClamWin from http://www.clamwin.com/
It is free. It only runs when scheduled so has no impact on server performance any other time.
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by:JAN PAKULA
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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
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Clamav is great and free, F-secure is another which can be manage centrally
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by:Lee W, MVP
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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).
http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/822158
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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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