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McAfee antivirus supported with SAP

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I would like to know if McAfee antivirus is supported with SAP??

At this time we don't have the antivirus installed on our servers and we are thinking of doing so.

Jean-Francois

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  • Jun 25, 2008 at 03:47 PM

    Personally I would never install any AV software on a database server. The AV software hooks up to the I/O layer and slows down the system, even if you exclude the database files from being scanned.

    On an application server there's not much I/O done so it may make sense to install it there.

    Markus

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    Jun 25, 2008 at 08:24 PM

    I have anti-virus (E-Trust - real time monitor) running on my SAP servers. However, my anti-virus application allows me to put exceptions on certain drives to prevent any additional I/O consumptions.

    Never had experience w/ McAfee and SAP, sorry.

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    • However, I do not agree that in order to properly secure your windows O/S by implementing an AV software would mean seriously hinder the performance of the O/S. I would instead say that there could be some performance impact, but nothing that can't be corrected via proper configuration.

      I´m not saying it´s bad to secure the OS (in contrary!) - I´m saying that the NECESSITY of installing AV products on to a mission critical server disqualifies the OS - the affinity for Viruses and other malware.

      However, this is just my personal opinion, I didn´t want to to start a flamewar on which OS is better (or worse), this is a decision each company (or ISV) has to do on its own, that affinity is just a no-go for our environment - burnt child dreads the fire.

      Markus

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    Jun 26, 2008 at 04:43 AM

    Hi,

    In addition you can check following SAP notes

    Note 639486 - Anti-virus protection within SAP applications (BC-SEC-VIR)

    Note 786179 - Data security products: Application in the antivirus area

    regards,

    kaushal

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