” To that end, I’ve seen more customers consider an agentless AV solution that integrates with VMware v Shield.Going into too much detail is beyond the scope of this post, but I hope it sufficient to say that VMware v Shield offloads antivirus and anti-malware agent scanning and processing to a dedicated secure virtual appliance delivered by select VMware partners such as Mc Afee, Trend Micro, and Kaspersky among others.
Verify that the task is Enabled and has executed by reviewing the Last Run column in the EPO administrative GUI.
I’ll cover creating a new DAT file update task on the next post which will cover updating the DAT file on the SVA from the EPO server but the Update Master Repository server task must be checked first to ensure the DAT file update will work correctly on the SVA.
Similar to physical systems, the SVA will have the Mc Afee Agent installed and to protect the “agentless” VMs with the latest virus definitions, you must perform a DAT update on your SVA system by assigning a DAT update task (to be covered in part 2) to your SVA system.
The first step in setting up automatic DAT file updates is to verify that the Update Master Repository server task is enabled and running on the EPO (e Policy Orchestrator) server.
Two directories, My Documents and Program Files, are located below the root directory.
In addition, three subdirectories — My Projects, Accessories, and Communication — are located in the Program Files directory.
Apparently Mc Afee blamed the update problem on a bad DAT file that inadvertently quarantined a critical Windows process called
When I heard this news, it reminded me of a bit of a horror story in one of my former CISO positions where our antivirus vendor also sent out a buggy DAT file that wrought havoc on our computers and system operations.
As the number of virtual servers/desktops increase, one may begin to ponder…”Do I really need to have AV agents running on ALL of my VMs?
Is there anything I can do to optimize all of this AV scanning/updating?
A file system (.dat) file defines the directory and file locations for the initial settings on a target device.