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Free Server anti virus Server 2008 server 2012

How to install Microsoft Security Essentials on Microsoft Servers

I looked for quite a while for a free server anti-virus before I found this little trick. Download MSE from the M/$ site, then open an administrative command prompt. Type the path to the mse install file, then add the switch…/disableoslimit . Voila! It no longer thorws the error “not for this operating system”.

Of course, this isn’t the strongest anti-virus out there, but it’s surely better than nothing. And since I never browse the internet or open email from my servers, it should be better than no anti-virus at all.

2 Responses to Free Server anti virus Server 2008 server 2012

  1. Avatar Joseph Menuau
    Joseph Menuau says:

    I am not sure if I follow your instruction properly but, I try your recommendation and it did not work. My downloaded file was mseinstall.exe for 64bits. I open the CMD with administrator privilege, run ” mseinstall.exe /disableoslimit ” and get Microsoft Security essentials error, Microsoft Security Essentials cannot be installed on your operating system.
    My OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard.
    Did I download the right file?

  2. All I can tell you is it worked in 2015 when this was posted. It’s possible M/$ has corrected their little flaw that allowed it.