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Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:57 AM
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hi guys, my vm admin wants to run AV at the host and not at the guest level. what do i need to ask the vm admin to make sure he is adhering to sql server best practices?

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Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:40 AM


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You need to exclude many things...

.bak
.mdf
.ndf
.ldf
.log
.trc

sqlsrvr.exe

IF Vscan starts to scan your live database files it will bring sql server to its knees.



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Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 8:44 AM
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Here some info from MS.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309422
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Posted Monday, May 20, 2013 12:09 PM
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Ask how an antivirus running on the host is going to catch malware running inside a guest? If you get a reasonable sounding answer, ask for a test to be run - many AV products also default to not scanning excessively large files, like virtual guest disks.
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Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:47 AM
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We were looking at this and stopped when we figured out that exclusions are at the host level and are not customizable at the guest level. (With the product we were looking at) This will work fine if all of your databases are on the same hosts but I fear for your I/O subsystem if that is the case.

It looked good on paper but we didn't want to be on the bleeding edge.
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