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AntiVirus software for a 2012R2 VM fileserver

We have a new Windows 2012R2 VM running on Hyper-v. This is going to be a file server and we will transfer a good amount of files from linix server.  It will hold 10Tb of data and will have shares for users on the network. Should we put an antivirus software. We have licenses for Symantec endpoint , but I was thinking of putting something on from Microsoft. I was told there is something free form Microsoft . What do you think about Symantec and also what Microsoft options are there for someone that will not have System Center. We just don't want to pay for system center licenses, but would be welling to just pay for stand alone anti virus software.
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Nothing god and free for servers the free MS offering is an unmanaged client OS option only. I've never been a fan of Symantec, but it is opinion as much as anything. TrendMicro, ESET, are also popular in the SMB space.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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We use Symantec Endpoint Protection on all our client servers including Server 2012. The newest versions of SEP rate very high and a good. Since you are a Symantec customer, I suggest you continue.

As noted Forefront (Microsoft) for Servers is not free.
Clamwin from www.clamwin.com is a good free option. It doesn't scan in real time - you need to schedule the scans.

Another option is BitDefender. Talking to a Bitdefender consultant in Australia recently, they told me the server version is exactly the same as the client version and also the same price - $40 or so per year.
Bitdefender ranks highly in all the tests and reviews I have read.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Bitdefender ranks well as does SEP. In this case, where licenses exist, staying with SEP is a reasonable approach.
Stay with SEP and configure the proper exclusion for your file server. Also configure the scanning on server during non-business hours.
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My two cents SEP I found to be a resource hog, there are far more light weight scanning software clamav, light and fast, comodo free and enterprise version reliable fast or Sophos

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Before you put any "free" software on a server, make sure the license permits you - MOST will NOT be free for commercial use. and most won't run on servers.

The Microsoft product, IF MEMORY SERVES, is limited to small businesses of 10 or fewer systems.  Any more and you'd be violating licensing.

CLAM is free, but anything without real-time scanning is largely useless in my opinion.

I would stay away from anything SEP... I'll grant you it's SEEMED to be better the last 12 months (I have a client where I don't have a say in the matter) but their HISTORY tells me even if they are better in the last version, their product testing and coding quality is poor at best and I wouldn't trust them to remain problem free.

I recommend and use VIPRE.  It's relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and a very good management console.
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We actually have access to GFI's VIPre and have not had any issues with it on workstations, but was not sure if it was as good as Symnatec or something by Microsfot. On a client site, I have it installed on 70 computers and no issues yet, but have had a few viruses including the Pay Day ransom. But for sure , it does not drag the system down. I wish there was more info on the VIPRE .
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Most of the good suites do not drag down systems if properly installed. I do not have performance issues with Symantec.  Vipre is reported to be decent.

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Thank you all
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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@netcomp  - You are very welcome and good luck with your choice.