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What antivirus is compatbile with Windows Server 2012

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  • I need antivirus (not a BETA) version for Windows Server 2012.  I purchased an Open Volume license and installed the Server 2012 Core with GUI, but can't find any compatible antivirus.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU2 is in Beta, but has limited use and a 90 time limit.  Any suggestions?
    Thursday, September 06, 2012 2:52 PM

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  • I need antivirus (not a BETA) version for Windows Server 2012.  I purchased an Open Volume license and installed the Server 2012 Core with GUI, but can't find any compatible antivirus.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU2 is in Beta, but has limited use and a 90 time limit.  Any suggestions?

    Because Windows Server 2012 is not fully released as General public operating system, there is limited availability for compatible software just yet.

    The best suggestion with your OVL is to use your license to download and install Windows Server 2008 R2 which is considered stable with compatible Anti-Virus, before deploying Server 2012 in a production environment. If you work with an Anti-Virus partner reseller, you can work out some arrangement to obtain the latest version compatible with 2012 when its production is finalized from Beta. Once finalized, upgrade to 2012...

    Best Regards,


    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    Microsoft® Community Contributor Award 2011
    All opinions expressed on my own behalf and not that of my company.
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.

    Thursday, September 06, 2012 3:51 PM
  • Monday, September 10, 2012 8:11 PM

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  • I need antivirus (not a BETA) version for Windows Server 2012.  I purchased an Open Volume license and installed the Server 2012 Core with GUI, but can't find any compatible antivirus.  Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU2 is in Beta, but has limited use and a 90 time limit.  Any suggestions?

    Because Windows Server 2012 is not fully released as General public operating system, there is limited availability for compatible software just yet.

    The best suggestion with your OVL is to use your license to download and install Windows Server 2008 R2 which is considered stable with compatible Anti-Virus, before deploying Server 2012 in a production environment. If you work with an Anti-Virus partner reseller, you can work out some arrangement to obtain the latest version compatible with 2012 when its production is finalized from Beta. Once finalized, upgrade to 2012...

    Best Regards,


    Steve Kline
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Active Directory, Network Infrastructure, Application Platform, Windows 7
    Microsoft Certified Product Specialist & Network Product Specialist
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    Microsoft® Community Contributor Award 2011
    All opinions expressed on my own behalf and not that of my company.
    This posting is "as is" without warranties and confers no rights.

    Thursday, September 06, 2012 3:51 PM
  • Trend Micro Office Scan is compatible. I have successfully installed it on Windows Server 2012.
    Saturday, September 08, 2012 8:17 PM
  • I have been testing VIPRE Business and it works well. Have you considered any business cloud antivirus/malware services like WebRoot or Barracuda?

    Everest12

    Sunday, September 09, 2012 7:13 PM
  • Monday, September 10, 2012 8:11 PM
  • I was confronted with the same issue. I needed  good antivirus solution for Windows Server 2012. All the ones I tried either failed to install and or were to expensive. I found an inexpensive solution that worked. It was F_Prot AntiVirus! Installed no problem and was only $29. No Kidding it worked on Windows Server 2012!

    https://www.f-prot.com/cgi-bin/buy

    • Proposed as answer by Parihar7 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:57 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Parihar7 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:57 AM
    Sunday, September 16, 2012 7:02 AM
  • If Server 2012 is anything like Win8 then the anti-virus properties of MSE should be rolled into windows defender, making MSE (and any other AV) redundant.

    Live Security Platinum

    • Edited by Parihar7 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 8:00 AM
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:59 AM
  • If Server 2012 is anything like Win8 then the anti-virus properties of MSE should be rolled into windows defender, making MSE (and any other AV) redundant.

    Live Security Platinum


    "If Server 2012 is anything like Win8", Unfortunately it is not. It doesn't ship with Defender nor does MSE work on Server. The Microsoft solution for servers is called System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection. (It's predecessor was Forefront Endpoint protection 2010 but in the latest release it was rolled into System Center).  

    The idea is that you usually have more than one server. So you need to manage the deployment, patching, virus, configs etc off all your servers from one centralised place. Hence the integration into one integrated solution.

    While System Center 2012 includes 6 significant products (eg Data Protection (backups), Monitoring, Ops Deployment etc) you don't have to license or install them all (especially on the same server)


    • Edited by DavidLean Friday, November 02, 2012 8:52 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Alexsoft2 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:49 PM
    Friday, November 02, 2012 8:52 AM
  • Ola boa tarde , desculpa mais não falo ingles bem, mais eu estive com mesmo problema e venho aqui dar uma ajuda para quem passou pelo 

    memos problemas que eu , instale o comodo ver 5.9.23255 o link para download ,

     http://freewareupdate.com/antivirus-spyware/5026-download-comodo-antivirus      

    Observação esse que eu instalei é em portugués mais existe em ingles também 

    espero que eu tenha ajudado .

    Foi testado e aprovado ele é muito bom e é free ok .

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:01 PM
  • If Server 2012 is anything like Win8 then the anti-virus properties of MSE should be rolled into windows defender, making MSE (and any other AV) redundant.

    Live Security Platinum


    "If Server 2012 is anything like Win8", Unfortunately it is not. It doesn't ship with Defender nor does MSE work on Server. The Microsoft solution for servers is called System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection. (It's predecessor was Forefront Endpoint protection 2010 but in the latest release it was rolled into System Center).  

    The idea is that you usually have more than one server. So you need to manage the deployment, patching, virus, configs etc off all your servers from one centralised place. Hence the integration into one integrated solution.

    While System Center 2012 includes 6 significant products (eg Data Protection (backups), Monitoring, Ops Deployment etc) you don't have to license or install them all (especially on the same server)



    You’re totally right, SC2012 includes the MS antivirus solution for WS2012.

    Unfortunately SC2012/Endpoint Protection is not supported on WS2012 until SC2012 SP1 reaches RTM.

    I am currently in the final stages of a deployment incorporating WS2012, Hyper-V failover clustering with 11 MS2012 member servers including Exchange server 2013 and SC2012 Datacentre.

    I am therefor faced with the situation, where since SC2012 is not deployable for an environment which has only WS2012 Servers, that additional licensing for a 3rd party Antivirus product will need to be purchased as MS decided (in their wisdom) to release an OS server product without providing a supported path to implementing the products they advise are the best practise ones for system/security management.

    SC2012 is not currently a solution to the problem, so mentioning it at all is just a waste of time until it is fully supported.

    SC2012 SP1 is in Beta, but sadly there is no rollup path from Beta to RTM without a complete removal of the beta then deployment of RTM. This is no small task!

    In my view this is not something in the best interests of the environment, so not a solution.

    MS dropped the ball on this one!

    WS2012 should have been held back until SC2012 SP1 could FULLY support it!


    • Edited by Hyper-Bob Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:04 PM
    Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:02 PM
  • It's now February 2013, any news on when Forefront Endpoint Protection will install on Server 2012?

    As of 2 weeks ago the Forefront Endpoint protection beta setup.exe still returned "unsupported OS" when trying to install on Windows 2012 server.

    Can someone in MS please let your clients (ie customers) know what is Microsoft best practice for AntiVirus protection for Microsoft Windows 2012 server?

    Please note that you did NOT need SCCM to use Forefront Endpoint Protection on your servers in the past. There is a GPO extension available from MS that allows us to centrally manage the Forefront Endpoint Protection client scanning, which folders to exclude and various other settings. WSUS can be used to deliver patches and provides limmited reports on patching.

    You only needed SCCM if you want centralised deployment of Forefront Endpoint Protection and detailed reports of Forefront Endpoint Protection (detected threats etc).

    Can someone from MS please clarify Hyper-Bob statement "It's predecessor was Forefront Endpoint protection 2010 but in the latest release it was rolled into System Center". Will we still be able to install and run Forefront Endpoint Protection on Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 servers without SCCM???

    Friday, February 01, 2013 3:18 AM
  • You can install and run SCEP2012 on windows 2008 R2 and 2012 servers without installing or having any instances of SCCM running, you can't centrally administer / configure it though. There's some more info here.

    Best practice would be to have SCCM installed on a server and SCEP rolled out via it.

    Friday, February 01, 2013 4:08 AM
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Version 12.1 RU2 is compatiable with Windows Server 2012, i have tested.
    Monday, February 04, 2013 8:22 AM
  • I confirm that Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU2 supports Windows server 2012
    Friday, May 10, 2013 7:33 PM
  • Will Microsoft Security Essentials run on Server 2012R2?
    Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:38 AM
  • No, Microsoft Security Essentials is not compatible with Server 2012 or 2012 R2.

    Neither defender will run.

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:07 PM
  • Im also Use Systematic Endpoint protection 12.1 for my windows Server 2012 and kingsoft Antivirus for My Server and im also tested for a year since i install this in january 2013..so far so Good..
    Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:13 AM