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Seems like a waste of resources to me, but our team is currently discussing. What is generally considered the best practice here?


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Not related to programming. Voted for migration to Server Fault. –  elyse Oct 22 '11 at 21:47

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Please see Guidelines for choosing antivirus software to run on the computers that are running SQL Server for help.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Mark Henderson Jan 23 '13 at 20:26

Obviously some machines need AV but if you need help explaining why some machines might not, here's my favorite XKCD comic...

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Is it exposed to the internet? Can the system run processes that start executables?

Typically virus scanning systems are something you want on all systems. Worms that can go from PC-to-PC over the network can still attack systems that are not normally exposed to the internet are one of the common justifications for this.

edit another important part is who as Remote Desktop access? These are poential risk points as well if they go out to the internet for anything. Granted you would hope they would know better, but it is still a potential concern

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