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    #1 Hanzoy

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:11 AM

    Hi all

    I'm thinking about installing 2012 Essentials. What antivirus software are you guys using?

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:51 AM

    On my previous WHSv1, and current WHS2011, I'm not running any AV. I may well do the same for 2012. I don't use my servers to surf the web (except for Windows Update) so I think I'm pretty safe.

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    #3 diehard

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:05 AM

    I use Microsoft's Security Essentials on all my PC's and Servers. Easy to install and not a bother at all.

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:32 AM

    I thought MSE refuses to install on some server versions, or are you saying it does install on the versions you have running?

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    #5 Hanzoy

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:11 PM

    Security Essentials?? Didn't know that is was possible.

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:57 PM

    I am running Forefront on my 2011 box.
    A tutorial on installing it can be found here


    (Credit to Tinkertry)

    #7 diehard

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

    I thought MSE refuses to install on some server versions, or are you saying it does install on the versions you have running?


    Sorry, your right, it's been a while. For my WHSv1 I have an old SE build that runs properly, and for the 64x servers I use Tinkertry's Forefront install shown by Renny.

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

    No problem diehard; just wanted to be sure. I have heard of the ForeFront installation 'trick'. Unfortunately, MS is terminating FF :(

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

    Since this is now domain setting, Forefront is a very good choice.

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:13 PM

    While I haven't used it, I've heard good things about FF. Anyone recall what MS is doing about AV for the future? Wasn't there something about them building AV into each product, tailoring it for each product's needs?

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:27 PM

    Probably afraid of getting sued by the EU again. Tell us again, how that browser selection thingy is working for the Euro's?

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    #12 ikon

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:30 PM

    Last I heard it was a roaring success............... NOT! :D

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    #13 Hanzoy

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

    Forefront Client Security fails when you try to update it through windows update, installs fine but can't update it.

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:04 AM

    Forefront Client Security fails when you try to update it through windows update, installs fine but can't update it.

    I think Tinkertry addresses that issue on his blog post.

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    #15 ikon

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:06 AM

    I think Tinkertry addresses that issue on his blog post.


    I concur. One thing for sure, several people have got it running, so it is do-able.

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:03 AM

    Forefront Client Security fails when you try to update it through windows update, installs fine but can't update it.


    Read thru message #50 http://homeserversho...__40#entry29806

    that will do it but it will help to read the other posting in that thread.

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    #17 Hanzoy

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:09 AM

    I concur. One thing for sure, several people have got it running, so it is do-able.

    I have had no problem installing and updating through windows update on both WHS 2011 and SBS 2011. But Windows update comes with an error when I try to update it on my 2012 Essentials. I know that a lot of people have it installed on WHS 2011 and SBS 2011, but anyone who have had any luck installing and updating it on 2012 Essentials?

    Read thru message #50 http://homeserversho...__40#entry29806

    that will do it but it will help to read the other posting in that thread.

    Will take a look at it :)

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 11:33 AM

    When I say 'running' I also mean updating. An AV product without update can hardly call itself an AV product, can it? :D

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    Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:50 PM

    well, IIRC, Server 2012 in general ships with Windows Defender. Which is a decent last resort anti-malware. As for ForeFront... it's now part of System Center Endpoint Protection. Which both the 2007 and 2012 versions do at least install on WHS2011/SBS2011E... but as for Server 2012, I don't know, and haven't looked.

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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

    Microsoft's overview page:

    Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (previously known as Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010)
    www.microsoft.com/fep

    Preliminary tests:

    System Center Endpoint Protection installed easily:

    Using MSDN membership, downloaded

    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection with Service Pack 1 (x86 and x64) - DVD (Chinese-Simplified, English, French, German, Japanese, and Russian)

    mu_system_center_2012_configuration_manager_and_endpoint_protection_with_sp1_x86_x64_dvd_1360357.iso


    Then used the SCEPInstall.exe in the ISO file's /CLIENT directory, to install on the final Windows Server 2012 Essentials release candidate (beta), went fine, but wouldn't update (error pictured below):
    http://db.tt/0t6VvZs9

    Even worse on the final release, won't even install, seen below:
    http://db.tt/ODUZzmr9

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