Can Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection scan a MS SQL database?

Article:TECH100129  |  Created: 2002-01-09  |  Updated: 2014-01-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH100129
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Technical Solution

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Issue



Can Symantec AntiVirus (SAV) or Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) scan a MS SQL database?


Solution



No, the Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition/Symantec Endpoint Protection scan engine cannot open MS SQL database files because they are in a proprietary file format. This behavior is working as designed by Microsoft.

You can, however, install Symantec AntiVirus or Symantect Endpoint Protection onto a MS SQL server to protect the operating environment and file system.

When you install Symantec AntiVirus/Symantec Endpoint Protection onto a MS SQL server, you may need to configure it to exclude the MS SQL database files from real-time (Auto-Protect) and manual or scheduled scans.



References
For detailed instructions on how to set up exclusions, please see the following articles::


SAV: Excluding specific drives and folders from Symantec AntiVirus scans

SEP: Excluding Microsoft SQL Server files and folders using Centralized Exceptions

Microsoft's document on this topic (including information on directories and file-name extensions to exclude from virus scanning):

Guidelines for choosing antivirus software to run on the computers that are running SQL Server (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309422/)





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