FWIW, Hyper-V MVP Aidan Finn, doesn't recommend installing anti-virus software on any Hyper-V hosts.
I was thinking of having a tinker with Hyper-V Core and see how well the Hyper-V Replica works - you'd be mad not to since VMware is beginning to appear overpriced!
My question is: do I need to install antivirus software when the only server role enabled is Hyper-V and the installation will be a Core Install and not Standard.
LCPSWolf (4th July 2013)
If it's just a server core installation, as there is no GUI you're 10 times less likely to get a virus as there is nothing to really latch on to. I have never done it and only applied anti-virus on the child VM's and everything is dandy!
We do not have AV on our Hyper-V hosts - they also have no access to internet etc....
Do you have your Hyper-V hosts as standalones or are they connected to the domain?
How do you handle the updates for your hosts?
Domain joined (we have a physical DC to be safe). Updates pushed out through WSUS.
Edit - physical DC is in place as our Hyper-V servers are clustered, cluster is an AD account so we need a DC up to start the cluster...
Last edited by Psymon; 21st May 2013 at 02:09 PM.
If it's installed GUI-less then how do you go about installing the updates manually or do you have it configured to install automatically?
Once you log in you can type "sconfig" and you get a little text-based GUI to set up the basics (including Windows Update settings etc...).
No av on our cluster hyper v hosts. Both are dcs though
While it sounds like the typical is to NOT install AV on the Hyper V host, if you do (or are required to) and you use AVG, please note you'll need to except some directories for HyperV to function well.
I attempted to pull up the avg FAQ article, but it appears their site is down currently...
Ah, here is the MS KB that's similar: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961804 from the poster's link above
Last edited by LCPSWolf; 4th July 2013 at 07:45 PM.
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