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Another case of dropping AV software from Domino servers

Andy Pedisich  April 10 2012 11:34:27 AM
I'll leave you to decide whether this makes sense to you.

We found out recently that another Notes shop decided to completely rip out the anti-virus software running as a Domino task on their Domino servers.  This was for two reasons.  

First, to ensure that performance was at it's best.  They had just been through a seemingly random instance of performance drop offs for their mail servers and were stripping stuff out in an effort to locate where the bottleneck was.  It wasn't the Anti-Virus software though. It was actually something caused by a recent upgrade of their BES server.

Second, to help get them to that place in their minds where they wondered if they could live without the AV software on Domino, they checked whatever history they had to see if there had been any instances where the Domino AV software had actually found a virus, malware, or other malicious stuff.

Nope. It hadn't.  All the bad stuff was caught by perimeter based AV systems that checked all mail, in and out, and by the AV software on the desktop level.

At that point, it seemed odd to continue using it.  So, it's gone.

It sure makes sense to me.

-Andy
Comments

1norm  4/10/2012 2:22:27 PM  Another case of dropping AV software from Domino servers

We run all our email security checks with perimeter appliances - works very well for us and let's Domino concentrate on it's core mail routing. We route hundreds of thousands of emails per week through two clustered Domino mail servers, and the performance is excellent.

2Keith Brooks  4/10/2012 3:58:06 PM  Another case of dropping AV software from Domino servers

Seen this over the years and the clients are willing to live with it. 1 AV to rule them all works well these days.

3Mark  4/10/2012 6:04:24 PM  Another case of dropping AV software from Domino servers

We dropped Domino AV scanning a few years ago and not looked back. We had a situation of paying thousands for that component when we had perimeter, server and desktop AV running as well.

4Anthony Holmes  4/10/2012 10:52:33 PM  Another case of dropping AV software from Domino servers

Yes, Yes, Yes!

I've been saying this since sometime last century. But the fear of a virus slipping past multiple layers of defence typically looms higher in everybody's minds than the grinding frustration of a server running more slowly than it needs to. You got a good result. :-)

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