What are the recommended settings for ESET NOD32 Antivirus installed on a server? (4.x)
The settings described in this article are considered "best practices" when installing ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.x onto a server operating system or desktop computer used in a server role. These settings are designed to limit disruptions of normal server processes and potential conflicts with other applications, and will not limit the protection of your server.
- All settings will be configured in the Advanced Setup window. Press the F5 key to open this window.
- From the Advanced Setup tree, click Antivirus and antispyware → Real-time file system protection and deselect the Network drives check box. Click the Setup... button next to ThreatSense engine parameter setup.
- Click Extensions and deselect the Scan all files check box. If this server is being used to run Microsoft Exchange, select EDB, TMP and EML from the extension list and click Remove.
- Click OK to close the ThreatSense engine parameter setup window and save your settings.
- Click Email Protection → Email clients from the Advanced Setup tree and deselect the Received email, Sent email, and Read email options.
- Click POP3, POP3S from the Advanced Setup tree and deselect the Enable email checking option.
- Click Web access protection from the Advanced Setup tree and deselect the Enable web access protection option. Then click HTTP, HTTPS from the Advanced Setup tree and deselect the Enable HTTP checking option.
The final settings which need to be configured will vary depending on the software that is installed on the server. For instance, database and backup software should be excluded from the Real-time and On-demand scanners. When entering the directory paths, make sure that the entire folder is excluded. As an example, the following directory paths should be excluded if the server is running Microsoft Exchange: