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Windows Server 2008 Antivirus?


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#1 mb9023

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 10:13 PM

Hello all,

I am the new IT guy for a small business, and their server doesn't have an AV program. I'm wondering if there are any worthwhile free AV programs (which I would much prefer) for Windows Server 2008 , or if I should ask the owner to invest in one. Currently the company has AVG (some free and some licensed, I guess) on most client machines. Their system as a whole is a mess, but it's a new server domain that hosts some shared files and I'd like to keep it protected. Advice?

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 03:34 AM

Is that Windows Server 2008 64 bits?
And is this their only server?

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 03:47 AM

Is that Windows Server 2008 64 bits?
And is this their only server?

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 11:34 AM

Yes and yes.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:19 PM

Mmhh.. You will have to do some research to find free AV programs that support Windows Server 2008 64-bits. Because products like free AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials are for Windows XP, Vista en 7; not for the server editions of Windows.

AFAIK, most AV companies don't offer a free product for servers.

BTW, I hope your server is really used as a server? I.e. that no users logon locally to do office work or surf the Internet?

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:28 PM

Yeah I figured that much out on my own, it's quite frustrating.

Yes it's a domain..so people have profiles and login to the domain. Not on all computers though. Some are off the domain but I'm not sure why.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:44 PM

Yes it's a domain..so people have profiles and login to the domain. Not on all computers though. Some are off the domain but I'm not sure why.


Actually, I was asking if users loged on locally on the 2008 server? Because if you have users using this server as a workstation, then an AV file-server product might not be enough.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:45 PM

Ohh no, no. I'm the only one who ever gets on it.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 11:37 PM

Try Avira, good antivirus software.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:20 AM

Try Avira, good antivirus software.


As far as I know, Avira Free is not supported in Server 2008. And Avira's Server program is $350.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 06:35 AM


Try Avira, good antivirus software.


As far as I know, Avira Free is not supported in Server 2008. And Avira's Server program is $350.

Correct, Avira has no free offer for Windows Servers. Only client OS.

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