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Discussion in 'General Security' started by joswoody, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. joswoody

    joswoody Thread Starter

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    HI,

    I have a virtualized environment and have around 80 VMs. They are all stored in a SAN. Do I have to install Symantec EndPoint protection on all virtual machines or can I install them on the Hyper V Host and have a scan on the san. Is it possible to scan a .vhd file and it scans the viruses in the machine?

    Thanks.
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    That is somewhat specialised and you are better off contacting Symantec support on that one .

    Part of the set up will depend on the licencing and how many computers or VMs that you are actually licenced to use, and that is way beyond us to advise on this forum.
     
  3. joswoody

    joswoody Thread Starter

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    Ok, but is a virus scanner able to scan a vhd file and detecting a virus?

    Thanks.
     
  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    depends on the scanner, some can & some can't, but as I understand it, they can't scan individual files within the vhd, only the vhd itself. However, you are much better off asking your support team at Symantec about that as they are the experts and it all depends how the AV is configured.

    As I understand it, the "normal" way is to install the Antivirus on the host only, but I am not an expert on corporate/server antivirus, so could be wrong on this.

    Once again the only people who can legitimately answer this query are Symantec support. You pay quite a high proportion of your licencing fee for support and should have a dedicated support point, with that number of seats paid for.
     
  5. Paul_Murgatroyd

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    Hi,

    I'm a Product Manager for Symantec Endpoint Protection, I'd be happy to help you with your query!

    At the moment, you would need to install SEP on all your Hyper-V guest machines. Microsoft don't currently have a solution like VMware vShield Endpoint, so in order to protect each guest, you need to install protection software onto each system.

    You *could* mount offline VHD's in Windows and then scan the resulting drives with SEP, but this wouldn't be realtime protection, which I think is what you are after?

    Hope that helps, let me know if I can clarify anything further.

    Paul Murgatroyd
    Principal Product Manager, Symantec Endpoint Protection
     
  6. MithunSanghavi

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    Hello,

    I agree with Paul. You would need to install SEP on all your Hyper-V guest machines.

    What version of SEP are you running?

    Here are the Best practices for virtualization with SEP -

    Best practices for virtualization with Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1, 12.1 RU1, and 12.1 RU1 MP1

    http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH173650

    Best practices for virtualization with Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2.

    http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH197344

    Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 & Virtualization

    http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH194383

    Hope that helps!!
     
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