The procedure below provides instructions on testing your Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) deployment by using the EICAR antivirus test file.

To test your deployment

  1. Copy the following line into its own text file, and then name it EICAR.TXT:

    X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

    When done, you will have a 69-byte or 70-byte file.

  2. Attach this file to an Exchange message. Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) reports finding the EICAR-STANDARD-AV-TEST-FILE virus. If you have chosen either the Clean (the default) or Delete action, FPE also reports the attachment as being deleted. The infected attachment is removed from the test message or post, and it is replaced with a text file that contains something similar to the following string: "Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server found a virus and deleted this file."

  3. You should delete the EICAR file after installation testing is completed so that other users are not unnecessarily alarmed.