Aug 23, 2011

Do I need to install Antivirus on every virtual instance?

If I'm running a bunch of virtual servers off a virtual host, does each instance need to have antivirus installed, or can I get by with only installing the antivirus on the host server?


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YES. Every instance of a virtual machine needs just as much protection as a physical machine would, even if it's only used for a temporary server. Managing licenses for antivirus and antimalware isn't any fun, but that's the price we pay for not running Macs. Or hardened Linux.

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