MicrosoftWindows Home ServerInstallation of ESET NOD32 on Windows Home Server

Installation of ESET NOD32 on Windows Home Server

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Last month I put together a home built Windows Home Server (WHS) first and foremost for its powerful backup features. Now that it is up and running, performing nightly backups of all my networked computers, I have been itching to explore the remote access feature while I am away. But my first concern was security of WHS once remote access is turned on. Remote access opens ports (or data access pipes) in the router and WHS firewall to the internet to allow the user to access files in WHS shared folders or use of networked computers configured for remote control access. Andrew has reminded us in his post Why You Should Always Run Anti Virus Software and Firewalls the importance of security. WHS includes a competent firewall so antivirus protection was next for WHS. My current computers use ESET NOD32 because of its proven low use of system resources and CPU cycles. It is just plain unobtrusive and includes spyware detection which is a bonus. I just expect an antivirus program to do its job without constantly being in your face saying here I am. ESET recently confirmed that ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 Home Edition is compatible with WHS so this was a no-brainer for my setup. NOD32 does not install as an add-in but is installed using remote desktop. Some may not like the fact you can not monitor the status from the Windows Home Server Console but I have found ESET to be maintenance free using the default settings with no need for user intervention. So let’s get started.

I purchased the program and followed the emailed instructions to download the 32 bit version of the file to the server shared Software folder located on the desktop of my home computer. Note that a trial version is available if you’re not ready to fork over the money at this point.

The next step is to log on to the server using Remote Desktop connection.

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Navigate to \\Server\Software shared folder and drag and drop the eav_nt32_enu.msi to the WHS desktop. Click Yes should you get the security warning.

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Right-click the eav_nt32_enu.msi file and select Properties. If there is a box labelled Unblock, click it then OK. (If not, close the Properties window.)

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Ok, time to install ESET NOD32, double click the file and follow the prompts as you would install any program. Feel free to select your typical installation settings but these are the steps I took: Click Next, accept the terms of license agreement click next, Typical settings click next, enter user name and password from email then next, choose to enable (or not) Threatsense.net and next, choose detection of potentially unwanted applications (or not) click next, then finally Install, after less than a minute just click Finish to complete NOD32 setup. A splash screen appears and an icon appears in the notification area letting you know NOD32 is active and protecting your server. No restart required.

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Once installed NOD32 goes to work scanning the files for viruses and spyware. I opened Task Manager to monitor CPU Usage and while it was actively scanning files I never saw CPU usage go above 4%. The screenshot CPU history barely shows a blip. One of the reasons you got to like NOD32. (To see the NOD32 screen shot below select change Display: Standard mode to Advanced then click Statistics.)

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The default settings automatically check for virus updates every 60 minutes. Also NOD32 automatically runs a virus scan on startup and whenever there is an update to the virus signature database. These are default settings, no user interaction required.

I hope this motivates you to install an antivirus program on your WHS. As Andrew discovered it is important to protect your personal data and network from exploits and attacks, be it ESET’s NOD32 or other antivirus program of your choosing.

Steven Wanke
Steven Wanke has spent the last 25 years writing, coordinating, and supervising the development of technical documentation for the aerospace industry. He has been involved with the documentation process for the maintenance and operation of the F14 fighter, B2 stealth bomber and most recently the C-130 cargo airplane. His fascination with computer technology started with the purchase of a Radio Shack Tandy 1000.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I just installed my first WHS – I didn't know what I was missing all this time!

    I've been using Avast! free edition on my home PCs for some time and decided to give the two-month WHS trial version a try. I must say it's been great so far – it includes a WHS console app and even monitors and configures the Avast on my workstations. Better yet, the price is hard to beat – $40 per year, with 10% off for two and 20% off for three. It's almost like enterprise antivirus, but with home prices.

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