You would like to run a full scan of your Exchange Information store and would like details about the options available with Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange (SMSMSE).
There are two options for store scanning within SMSMSE: 1) Manual/Scheduled scanning and 2) Background scanning. Each has advantages and disadvantages which are described below.
NOTE: Exchange 2013 no longer uses Virus Scanning Application Programming Interface (VSAPI) but uses Exchange Web Services (EWS). Some options for earlier versions of Exchange are no longer available on an Exchange 2013 server.
NOTE: Listed scan throughputs are based on internal Symantec testing and are intended as a rough estimate of the amount of time it will take to scan for viral content. This throughput may vary machine to machine based on the type of content scanned, the server hardware configuration, the load on the server at the time of the scan, and the options chosen for how to process the scan.
NOTE: Neither store scanning method applies AntiSpam features. AntiSpam features are available only for inbound emails. See the following article: Premium AntiSpam fails to filter Outgoing Spam messages.
|Manual/Scheduled Scan||Background Scan (no longer available in Exchange 2013)|
|Data Access Method||
Exchange 2003 and 2007: Collaboration Data Objects (CDO)
Exchange 2010 and 2013: Exchange Web Services (EWS)
|Virus Scanning Application Programming Interface (VSAPI). This is a component of Exchanges Information store (store.exe)|
|Pros||Allows for more configuration options than Background scanning||Much faster scan times|
|Cons||Takes longer to complete a Manual/Scheduled scan than a Background scan, especially on Exchange 2010. This is due to limitations in the speed data can be retrieved via CDO or EWS||Not as many configuration options are available|
|Throughput||1 gb/hour||6 gb/hour|
How to configure a Manual or Scheduled scan
How to stop a scheduled scan
How to stop a manual scan
Note: The advanced scanning options affect both Real Time (auto-protect) and Background scanning equally. If "On virus definition update, force rescan before allowing access to the information store" is selected, background scanning will restart from the beginning of the store after every virus definition update. If you would like the background scan to complete scanning on the entire store before starting over, do not select this option.
How to configure Background scanning
The background scan will now proceed as configured.
How to stop Background scanning