2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2012 8:49 AM by JoeyMc

    Virus Scan schedule for workstations


      Hi All,

      I was wondering what everyone is doing out there for scheduling their full client virus scans (day and time)in a business environment. There seems to be much contention between our management because they don't want the hit in performance on the clients during normal working hours. Opinions are welcome.

      Thank you

        • 1. Re: Virus Scan schedule for workstations

          For most workstations, and assuming you're using VSE 8.8, I suggest a scan any time of day with the below settings -


          1. Below normal or low thread priority

          2. Don't scan archives.

          Your typical user won't even know the ODS is running. When our internal scans kick off even I don't notice when it's running.


          But if archives must be scanned in your environment, then have the scan occur when users are not around else they will notice it and will surely complain.

          Improving the scan of archives may get a little relief with the 5500 engine, and perhaps with Patch 3, but it should be understood that if you include archives in your scan routines then you are more interested in security than performance.

          • 2. Re: Virus Scan schedule for workstations

            My workstation scans run at Noon (12:00-14:00 2 hour random start) on Fridays

            Low priority system utilization.

            I do scan inside Archives only because I do not scan in archives via OAS.

            Scans typically take a few hours to run.

            Daily memory/rootkit scans are run.

            GTI is set to Low on both OAS and ODS.



            My server scans run once a month on the 1st Sunday at 04:00 with a 14 hour randomization. So they could start Sunday 04:00-1800 in theory.


            I am open to best suggestions.