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End of life for CA InoculateIT AV Engine in Microsoft Forefront products

From the Forefront Server Security blog:

Engine and definition updates for the Computer Associates (CA) InoculateIT engine will end on September 29th, 2008.

On January 16th, 2007, the Computer Associates (CA) InoculateIT engine was combined with the Computer Associates VET engine. Since the engines were merged, Microsoft has continued to provide engine updates for the InoculateIT engine as a courtesy to customers using the engine.

If you are still using the InoculateIT engine for antivirus scanning, you should disable it for all scan jobs and discontinue engine and definition updates for the engine. For information about engine updating, please read our documentation on TechNet.

· For Antigen: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb914037.aspx

· For Forefront for Exchange: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795083.aspx

· For Forefront for SharePoint: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb795192.aspx

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

Symantec Endpoint Protection is a Network Performance Threat

symantec-logo I recently removed the Network Threat Protection component from the Symantec Endpoint Protection installation on all of the servers and desktops on a customer network.  Here is a list of things that happened as a result:

  • Backup throughput increased by 50% (using Symantec Backup Exec 11d)
  • Exchange backups stopped failing due to the remote agent becoming disconnected
  • Performance of SQL-based applications improved
  • Group Policy processing time at desktop startup decreased
  • LDAP search query times for the Exchange server improved (System Center Essentials was raising alarms for these taking over 6000ms sustained for 5 minutes, with the alarm threshold being 100ms)
  • RPC latency for the Exchange server improved (SCE was raising alarms for average latency being over 70ms sustained for 5 minutes)
  • Office applications opening files on network shares became more responsive
  • Desktops stopped rebooting randomly throughout the day

Seriously, what a piece of junk.

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.