The Future of Antivirus and Malware Scanning in Exchange

As announced on Microsoft’s Server & Cloud Blog, all of the Forefront products end of life as of December 31, 2015.  Customers have asked me, will there be a replacement for Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange (FPE)?

Use Exchange Online Protection (previously known as FOPE) for message transport scanning.  EOP provides inbound and outbound spam and malware filtering, reporting, message trace, and mail-flow configuration features.

Exchange 2013 has built-in anti-malware capabilities (although they’re quite limited).  Microsoft removed the AVAPI from Exchange 2013, so if you want to do store-level scanning to remove malware already present in your mailbox databases you’ll need a third party product that scans the store using EWS.  There are currently no third party products that do this yet.

For file-level malware scanning use System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection which is a component of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  Be sure to follow the following Microsoft guidelines:

How to Shut Down, Sign Out or Restart Windows 8 the Easy Way

Here’s a quick tip on how to sign out, shutdown or restart Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 the easy way.  Simply click the Windows Taskbar and press Alt-F4.

Windows 8 presents a dropdown dialog box like this where you can easily switch user, signout, sleep, hibernate, shutdown or restart the computer:

Windows 8 Shut Down Dialog

Windows Server 2012 presents the following dialog box where your can disconnect (if connected via Remote Desktop), sign out, shut down, or restart:

Windows Server 2012 Shut Down Dialog

That’s a heck of a lot easier than navigating through the charms, especially if your connected via RDP!