WHS Anti-Virus, what's the deal? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Are we to assume that WHS doesn't require anti-virus protection? I don't see anywhere where MS is suggesting any partnerships for anti-virus for WHS. I don't currently have anything installed on my WHS but I'm assuming I should get something on there sooner than later. Is there anything that anyone has seen with suggested anti-virus suites that will work without issue on WHS?

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 5:12 PM

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    There are a couple in the works... you do need an anti-virus, but MS has yet to launch anything nor has any other company.  I think there may be one in beta.


    Edit: actually there was a report here: http://mswhs.com/page/2/ (at bottom) that avg worked fine on whs.... http://www2.grisoft.com/doc/products-avg-anti-virus-network-edition/us/crp/3


    Of course, it may be a while before companies launch av products specifically for whs...

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 5:33 PM
  • Hi,

    Many anti-virus companies will relased thier ver for whs soon, many will say it not need it, but I for one, see the need, and already some ver for whs are out.

    So I think it best to install one on the WHS server.

    I installed Symantec corp. edition on it, and working fine.

    My best.

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 5:36 PM
  • Looks like Avast is working on a WHS version that will manage the Avast clients.  I use the free version on my pc's now and like it.  I gave up on Symantec years ago............link: http://www.wegotserved.co.uk/2007/08/06/exclusive-avast-anti-virus-for-windows-home-server-preliminary-details/


    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 9:03 PM

    I got a mail from Avast a while ago, they said they are working on a whs anti virus program.

    I have used them for years and they were the first to have x64 software.

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 9:12 PM
  • I wonder if OneCare is working on supporting WHS? I haven't bothered with the 2.0 beta since it didn't look like there was anything compelling in it compared to 1.x. But if they add support for WHS I'll try it. Trouble is I don't hang out in the OneCare forum so I'll probably never know




    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 9:34 PM
  • At the moment, I'm using NOD32 on mine. Seems to work fine. I AM having a problem where my client pcs spontaneously can't access the server (all of them at once, so the issue is the server), but I don't think it's related yet, as it seemed to be running fine for a while with nod32 installed.

    Yup, it was NOD32. Seemed to be a problem others had as well. Uninstalled it, everything back to normal. Oh well.
    Thursday, September 6, 2007 4:27 AM
  • I have been using Symantec Corporate AV without issue. Others have had problems with it, though, so YMMV.

    As for the larger question of whether it's needed, you'll get different opinions. I feel it is needed, because while I control the PCs in my home, and know that they all have decent, up-to-date AV protection, I don't have the same level of control over a laptop that a guest might bring in. I figure I can either:
    1. tell the guest they can't connect to my network
    2. tell the guest they can, but I need to run an AV scan on their PC first
    3. protect my servers as well as workstations, and not have to worry about it.
    Thursday, September 6, 2007 12:27 PM
  • Hi,

    I've done some pretty heavy testing with ClamWin and can't find any problems with it so far.

    You may be interested to know I have written an Add-In to support ClamAV installations on Windows Home Server.



    Also it not being an 'on-access' virus scanner it doesn't slow down your server when accessing files.


    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 5:25 PM
  • I've been using Clam-Win for a while now, just the regular install from their site.


    As someone mentioned it doesn't have an on-access scanner (ie it can't scan as files are copied to the server) so you just have to schedule regular virus scans.  Since I torrent on my WHS I feel it's a true necessity to have virus scanning on that system.
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:14 PM