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Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016

It is crucial to have the right Antivirus exclusions for Exchange Server 2013 and 2016. Antivirus/Security will slow down the Exchange Server. Think about excluding the correct folders, processes, 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 which 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 path C:\scripts. Place the PowerShell script 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.

[PS] C:\>cd C:\scripts\

[PS] C:\scripts>.\Get-Exchange2016AVExclusions.ps1

You will 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 to check the exact exclusions that need to be made for the Exchange Server.

Antivirus exclusions for Exchange 2013 and 2016 exclusions

Exclude the extensions, the paths of the directories, and the process that is showing in the text file in your Antivirus/Security application.

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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. 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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