Microsoft Security Essentials Exclusion List

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Anti-virus program has received a lot of good press since it was released in Sept 2009. I have been gradually moving my residential customers, friends and family over to it. One small problem I have noticed: at times the MSE engine will hog up quite a bit of cpu cycles. I recently found a blog post that said that adding the MSE folders to the list of files/folders in MSE to be excluded from scannng will help reduce the high CPU usage.

To add exclusions, click on Settings > Excluded files & locations, then click the Add button to add an entry.

For Windows XP, add the following exclusion:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials

For Vista/Windows 7, add the following exclusions:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials
C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Security Essentials
C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware

Hope this helps. Let me know if there are other folders/directories that should be excluded

iPhone 4.0 and Exchange

iPhone users: from Network World this morning is an article addressing reported syncing issues to Exchange with the new Apple IOS 4.0 for the iPhones. The article points to a current workaround that is posted on Apple’s site, and indicates a more “complete” solution is required or forthcoming.

The article goes on as to suggest that there is a further issue that is causing high network/usage spikes, and that this may force some companies to stop allowing iphones to retrieve emails!

Update: the Microsoft Exchange Team has addressed this issue from their perspective at their Team Blog Site.

Windows Home Server (V2) VAIL

I have been a huge fan of Windows Home Server (WHS) ever since it was announced back in January 2007. This past April (2010) Microsoft released a public beta version of the next version of the Windows Home Server product, code name VAIL. The big change (behind the scenes) is that VAIL operates in a 64-bit environment, and is based on the Windows 2008 R2 platform. For a more in depth list of features with VAIL, check out this post:

There are several hardware vendors (e.g. HP, Acer) that sell headless WHS systems (HP DataVault X310/X510, Acer Aspire EasyStore H340) . I have had great success in deploying these products, not in homes, but in businesses! As to VAIL, I recently did a headless, automatic install of VAIL to an ACER Easystore H340 that I had on hand. Thanks to Kevin Royalty who helped me with the “answer file“.

Finally, be sure to check out the WHS Team Blog for up to date info on Windows Home Server VAIL.