Antivirus question on a file server

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Dear all,

I have a simple Server 2008 R2 which runs AD and works as a file server, for simply sharing data. The server is running WSUS for pulling update.

I need to install a good Antivirus on this server, which is capable to collect virus database update and then push them effectively to the virus client, which will be installed on 10 workstations, running Windows 7.

The Antivirus product, must offer a simple access to verify if client computer are safely updated. I have checked for ForeFront but there are different things and tools around. So no idea which package to take.

I welcome other products similar as ForeFront.

The solution should not be too expensive for the final customer.


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Antivirus question on a file server



  • There are many kinds of Antivirus systems in the market, for small business servers. Much commercial software which is available for purchase, comes with a warranty which is a safest option.
  • The number of machines that are available for license, is a crucial factor when deciding the best. The other one is the power & efficiency of the software, in handling network issues. The backup features and management is also a key factor.
  • Now a day’s Kaspersky and bitdefender server solutions are among the top software’s, but rather expensive.  I prefer Norton Endpoint, because it offers good security features as well as PC tune-up's.
  • AVG and Avast are also good alternatives.
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Antivirus question on a file server


Domain Controllers (DC) are extremely important and all DC are GC and DNS. Therefore I suggest that at least two DC/DNS/GCs are implemented so that the functionality of domain is preserved in case of redundancy and failover. It is not recommended that only one domain is implemented like your current configuration that the machine has been running even if failover. Some applications e.g. MS Exchange has to be uninstalled before DC is demoted.

There are some extra requirements if active directory is used as a work group. And the AD’s backup is quite different from normal one. DCs usually do not support the operations of virtual machine for example file copies, images/clones and snapshots etc.

If one DC is implemented, please backup. Follows the steps at

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