I support several servers running “small business server 2008”
- all my servers are up-to-date and have the latest service packs and patches.
- when I built all my SBS2008 servers, which most have been built or rebuild in the past year, I did not install the Microsoft forefront. As I understand it, it's no longer supported by Microsoft
- Therefore, I am rerouting all inbound email through an outside server hosted by a company doing spam filtering. The server and company running the spam filtering service is a small company. In the past few months, my servers have been having issues receiving emails. The exchange server would send an undeliverable back to the sender such as “delivery is delayed to these recipients or groups” among other failures. I fully understand all mail servers and spam filtering service will occasionally hic-ups, but it's happening too often.
- The technician usually gets the issue resolved with and the hour but it puts a strain on myself and my clients.
So my question is “what is the best method to safely and securely support the servers against viruses, spam and malware?”
- I currently am not running an antivirus programs on the servers for I have all inbound traffic going through the mentioned spam filtering server which checks for viruses and spam
- I really don't want to install an anti-malware program on the server. I find its always recommended to have the servers performed outside your network before email enters your server.
- I'm asking to see and get recommendations what other exchange server support persons are using to protect the server. Most of my clients are small number of users. Anywhere from 10 to 30 users
- I am not interested in purchasing an expensive external hardware anti-spam appliance
- I still prefer to have an outside spam filtering hosting company where I can forward my MX records to and have the company filter all my inbound email. The company I'm using right now is very cost-effective and I know larger companies are more expensive. But my down time has caused me a lot of lost time not to mention my clients.
- what would be a highly recommended antivirus program to run on the servers. Even though I do my spam filtering externally, I know it's still recommended to have an antivirus program on the server. With so many on the market, I wanted to get some feedback of folks who actually are using antivirus software on their exchange servers
- for those who are doing external spam filtering, I would really appreciate some recommendations.
- Any recommendations you can provide for running a safe and secure SBS 2008 server would be appreciated
NOTE: I know many folks with ask why I am not running the newer version. Any future upgrades will most likely be the newer and possibly the last version of small business server.