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antivirus for windows server 2003

Posted on 2014-12-07
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Last Modified: 2015-04-06
I have a client with a Windows Server 2003.  It is used only to run a set of applications from one manufacturer.   The rest of the company data sits on the nas.  Nothing else happens on the server.   I have been searching for an antivirus program.  We used to use AVG for file server and know the renewals is for how many users on the network and it gets quite expensive.   All the workstations are running workgroup and not domain and have there own anitivirus.   Looking for recommendations?????
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NVIT earned 500 total points
ID: 40485915
Are you looking to protect just the file server? How about
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alienvoice earned 500 total points
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I would suggest SEPM, (Symantec Endpoint Ptotection). We use it within our company. Nice to centrally manage and can manage both AD and non-AD machines, 32 or 64 bit clients, seperate customisation for desktop, laptops and server.
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We use Kaspersky from Let them know how many clients (seats) you need. They have given us reasonable pricing.
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ID: 40486007
I am looking to just protect the file server.  It seems like the AVG might be the only solution.  I was hoping for something less expensive since I have 10 connections.
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ID: 40486019
Does AVG charge the file server license for each client that connects to the file server? Strange. With our current Kaspersky seats, each seat is same price, including File Server. We've renewed KES with for several years now. Still, maybe Kaspersky new customer terms differ. IDK.
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ID: 40486037
I just contacted AVG for clarification. Since it's a Business version, I have to wait till tomorrow for response.
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by:Lee W, MVP
Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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The problem is you're using two different products.  You should settle on ONE for both workstations and servers.  Most AV vendors don't see single copies for servers - they expect you to use their solution for your network - not only that, but using ONE solution USUALLY provides you with benefits, such as a management console.  

I don't use AVG and I would never (at least in the foreseeable future) use a product as horrid as symantec (I've had WAY too many negative experiences with them and their support over the years to seriously consider them until I've stopped hearing about complaints for a minimum of 5 years).  That said, the product I use that's fairly cheap and has a GREAT management console (and I THINK a 5 system minimum) is VIPRE.  I would suggest you investigate them and consider standardizing on ONE AV solution for your network that can be centrally managed and provide alerts (are you - the network admin - getting alerts when a virus is detected now?)
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rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 40486342
If you don't need the best state of the art protection, then you should be able to use m$'s security essentials, which is free and also works on servers up to 2008 r2.
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ID: 40569597
Hi gintarasus... Just wondering if you still need help with this or not. Either way, if you would close your question appropriately we'd really appreciate it

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