I'm with John, the server's OS needs protection from viruses also. There are exploits out there that do not require an interactive login, they'll atack your service accounts, so just CYA and protect yourself. George Taylor Systems Programmer Regional Health Inc. _____ From: John T (Lists) [mailto:johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 12:01 AM To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: virus scan There are two trains of thought: 1), Yes, install AV to protect the server but exclude all Exchange directories (including store directories)and exclude the mailroot directory . 2) No, not needed since nothing else should be on there anyways and no one should be logging onto the Exchange server directly except rarely. I'm in the first group. John T eServices For You "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1882) -----Original Message----- From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Farhan Khan Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 9:45 PM To: Exchange List Subject: [ExchangeList] virus scan hi.. we are in a process of deploying new exchange server 2003 on a new machine...want to clear one thing that am just installing ScanMail for Exchange...do i also need to install any anti virus software which scans system files & all the files on hard disk? or just ScanMail for Exchange? and i thnk for spyware we need to install ScanMail eManager. TIA ***Note: The information contained in this message, including any attachments, may be privileged, confidential, and protected from disclosure. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or an employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Sender immediately by a "reply to sender only" message and destroy all electronic or paper copies of the communication, including any attachments.