Sunday, April 5, 2015

Virus Protection and SharePoint Exclusions

Servers with virus protection software such as Symantec or McAfee can sometimes cause problems for SharePoint. It is important to exclude certain key folders for SharePoint. If the content in these folders became quarantined, whammo! All of SharePoint is down. This holds true for all versions of SharePoint.

Now you don't really want to exclude folders entirely in a production environment. That would be silly. You still need protection. So in production, just be sure to disable on-access scanning. In a test environment, you can exclude these folders from all scans. Terminology may vary by virus protection software.

The key folders are:
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions
Additionally, on your search server exclude your index folder. You can find your search index location through this sp shell script:

$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication
$ssa.AdminComponent.IndexLocation

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