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Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016

It is very important to have the right Antivirus exclusions for Exchange Server 2013 and 2016. Antivirus/Security will slow down the Exchange Server. Think about excluding the right folders, process and extensions. Yes, that is a bunch to exclude, but don’t you want your Exchange Server performing fast? In this article, you will learn what Antivirus exclusions need to be made on the Exchange Server.

Download Antivirus exclusions for Exchange script

Download the appropriate script for your Exchange Server 2013 or 2016. Place it in the following path C:\scripts. Make sure you place it on the Exchange Server and not on any other server. Find the script on Microsoft Technet.

Run Exchange Management Shell as administrator. Change the directory to your scripts folder and then run the script. Run the following commands.

You see the output Done. The script finished.

Antivirus exclusions for Exchange result

Browse to the C:\scripts\ folder and you will see three text output files that got generated.

  • Extensions
  • Paths
  • Procs

Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016 output files

Open the text files. You will see the exact exclusions that need to be made for the Exchange Server. Exclude the extensions, the paths of the directories and the process that is showing in the text file in your Antivirus/Security application.

Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016 exclusions

Final thoughts

In this article, you learned about Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016. Remember to add the exclusions in your Antivirus/Security product. In fact, do this straight after you finished installing your Exchange Server. For example, before you start migrating or setting up new mailboxes! Do you already have an Exchange Server installed in production? If you don’t have the Antivirus exclusions configured, then do it right now!

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