Exchange and AntiVirus Exclusions – A Critical Conversation

Rhoderick Milne blogged about AV and Exchange, this topic is a critical one during the design process of any solution and the exchange admin should be aware of the gotchas of this process. I wrote about this topic for Exchange Server 2007 here at (

Scanning Exchange databases with file system antivirus is a recipe for disaster.  This really should not come as a surprise for admins running Exchange services within the enterprise, since this has been the field requirement for a long time.  The documentation provided by Microsoft is very clear in what exclusions are required for file system antivirus and Exchange to coexist.  For reference the relevant articles are:

If this is so well documented, then what could possibly go wrong?  Plenty….

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