Anti-Virus On Your Database Server?

Steve Stedman gives you food for thought if you need to run anti-virus software on your SQL Server instance:

In a perfect world, your SQL Server would be so secure that you would not need antivirus software, you would have behind layers of firewalls, nobody would ever connect with remote desktop to install anything, and it would always have all of the latest security patches… But that is not the real world.

Given that your SQL Server often times contains extremely valuable information, and that the damage that could be done by virus software, malware, and ransomware could be so great then it is strongly recommended that you run antivirus software on your SQL Server. There are some files that you will want to exclude from the virus check.

I’m not a big fan of running anti-virus software on database instances, but if you have to run it for whatever reason, be sure to check out Steve’s advice.

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