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    Looking for antivirus to run on virtualised Server 2012 R2 but without any additional install requirements & overhead.

    We had decided on GFI:Vipre but have now discovered that it requires .Net 3.5 installed which Server 2012 R2 does not have by default. Allowing that to be installed is just going to increase the MS Updates workload.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

    Dot Net 3.5 is installed on 2012 by adding it as a 'feature', and a lot of applications rely on some form of Dot Net nowadays, including other roles and features in Srvr 2012 itself. Your updates load shouldn't be a consideration.

    What is this virtualised server supposed to be used for?
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    • #3
      Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

      Virtual server is mainly just a File Server, a few applications but nothing too intensive. It is just that Server 2012 R2 comes with .Net 4.5 installed by default, I don't want to be installing MS Updates for .Net 3.5 as well.

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      • #4
        Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

        I recently installed the Bitdefender AV Free Edition on my 2012 R2 box, and it doesn't need .NET 3.5. Haven't put anything on this box other than important Windows updates.

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        • #5
          Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

          bitdefender would do it.
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          • #6
            Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

            Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
            bitdefender would do it.
            Unfortunately BitDefender Security for File Servers requires SQL Server Express which is one of the components that the client is trying to avoid on their new servers.

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            • #7
              Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

              OK, why don't you give us a list of
              a) which AV software you have ruled out (and why)
              b) any other requirements/limitations

              this might be better than spoon feeding us with "no, can't use that because...." when something is suggested
              Tom Jones
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              • #8
                Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

                Mainly because I don't know what the requirements for each are until we try to install them.

                What we are looking for is a very simple and clean single server solution. No remote admin needed, no endpoint protection, just plain antivirus on a virtualized Domain Controller and File Server.

                Preferably with no addition install requirements, no SQL or SQL Express and no dot net especially version 3.5 when server 2012 R2 comes with version 4.5 pre-installed.

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                • #9
                  Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

                  Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
                  bitdefender would do it.
                  Unfortunately it wouldn't, BitDefender Security for File Servers does not support Windows Server 2012 R2.

                  Any other suggestions?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

                    Originally posted by Nick_C View Post
                    What we are looking for is a very simple and clean single server solution. No remote admin needed, no endpoint protection, just plain antivirus on a virtualized Domain Controller and File Server.
                    Trend Deep security, McAfee Move

                    Both are designed specifically for virtualised systems and have no overheads other than the installation of the relevant tools for the host software

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                    • #11
                      Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

                      Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
                      Trend Deep security, McAfee Move

                      Both are designed specifically for virtualised systems and have no overheads other than the installation of the relevant tools for the host software
                      Only issue is do either of these support Windows Server 2012 R2? I have just had a quick look on the websites for both and 2012 R2 is conspicuous by its absence on both.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Antivirus for Windows Server with no additional install requirements

                        Originally posted by Nick_C View Post
                        Only issue is do either of these support Windows Server 2012 R2? I have just had a quick look on the websites for both and 2012 R2 is conspicuous by its absence on both.
                        As far as i'm aware as long as both Hyper-V and VMware hosts are able to support the OS, installing the tools is a requirement for VMware as it leverages on the vShield driver that is installed, then the OS should be supported.


                        There is nothing other than the tools, speaking from a VMware perspective, that is installed on the client PC.

                        Essentially what happens is this, Deep Security and VMware ESXi hosts and vCenter Server

                        You install and configure the Deep Security Manager
                        You install and configure vShield manager
                        You install vShield Endpoint on the hosts
                        You install a filter driver on the Hosts
                        Deploy a Deep Security Appliance on each host
                        Activate your client in DSM

                        This of course all depends on your virtualisation environment so please describe further the environment that you are currently supporting

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