I am a developer, not a sysadmin, so I am seeking out some opinions and answers about virtualization. In order to solve some project deadline issues, the development team installed and setup a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V "Bare Metal" edition (meaning there is very little of the Windows UI and functionality). The IT department has correctly raised some security concerns, and I have not been able to locate answers for them through Google searches.
Can the Bare Metal version run an antivirus product? Meaning the host OS, not the guest VMs. If no, how do you get around this limitation? Just leave the host open to attack? If yes, which ones are supported? Security Essentials only? Or are Symantec and other vendors supported?
Are group policies pushed to the Bare Metal version?
Thanks in advance for your expertise!