Virus Protection in SBS 2003 [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Good day mates. I am the author of ‘da purple SBS 2003 book and I really like the blog format as a virtual book reading. Each day I post up a few passages of my book for you to read and think about. It is my way of giving to the community. Today we discuss virsu protection.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!


Virus Detection and Protection

This topic, covered in both Chapter 5 and Chapter 6, is revisited here appropriately as an administrative responsibility. It’s likely we’re all in agreement that you must implement virus protection. Perhaps the only question is “In what form?” These debates, frequently seen on the SBS newsgroups, are like religious wars and not easily solved (everyone seems to have their own favorite ISV). So let me add fuel to the fire and point you to my favorite virus protection ISV: Trend Micro.

Figure 11-8

Trend Micro ( is a long-time citizen of the SBS community.

BEST PRACTICE: Some of you know that Trend Micro created a minor public relations nightmare in late 2002 when it removed its SBS-specific SKU and repositioned it as a SMB SKU. It was culturally offensive to long-time SBSers (as well as financially offensive, because the product price effectively increased). However, it’s always a best practice to forgive and I’ve done so. But please, Trend Micro, don’t do that again!

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So I’d like you to move forward with SPRINGERS and complete two procedures here. First, download, install, and configure the Client/Server/Messaging Suite for SMB from Trend Micro (this is a 30-day version). Be sure to configure Trend Micro to update its virus data files hourly so you have the best protection regardless of when an outbreak hits!

After all that, I want you to download and install the trial version of Trend Micros’s PortalProtect for SharePoint (we discussed this in Chapter 7). PortalProtect is displayed in Figure 11-9.

Figure 11-9

PortalProtect will work with WSS in SBS 2003.

Late breaking news! Near the end of my writing this book, I was advised of Panda’s Antivirus GateDefender that offers a hardware-based solution ( Very interesting!

BEST PRACTICE: Subscribe to Trend Micro’s Weekly Virus Report which keeps you up to speed on breaking news in the virus protection area. Visit


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