Guidelines for Anti-Virus Exclusions for Microsoft Applications

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for anti-virus configuration parameters, depending on the software installed on a server. These guidelines are based on Microsoft Knowledge Base, Microsoft Premier Support as well as collective field experience from Microsoft Services.

These guidelines apply to both memory resident ‘Realtime’ scanning as well as on-demand ‘Local Scanning’.

It is important to achieve a balance between ensuring a secure and virus free server environment while also not interfering with reliability and performance of each server.A lack of exclusions with regards to virus scanning has traditionally been one of the main causes of outages with regards to applications and services. In addition, virus scanning is often a cause of performance issues

Provided by Mark Mears on the SMS/ConfigMgr 2007 email discussion list.