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Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.6

Article ID: 9589, created on Jan 18, 2011, last review on Feb 14, 2015

  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows 4.6


Parallels Virtuozzo Containers (PVC) for Windows supports a wide range of antivirus software products. In order to ensure flawless interaction with PVC, Parallels regularly performs compatibility tests, working closely with antivirus software vendors and issuing PVC software updates when necessary.

Please use this article as a reference point when determining the antivirus solution for your PVC Windows systems. Prior to using information from this article, make sure your PVC servers are running with the latest patch applied.

Note that all antivirus solutions described below must only be installed on the node. Antivirus programs installed on the node protect all containers automatically. Antivirus installation inside containers is not supported.

Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers:

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

    Supported versions:

    • 11.0.6 (update 6)
    • 12.1 RU5 (12.1.5337.5000)

    Note: Symantec Endpoint Protection agent is supported from the VZU460075 update.

  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise

    Supported versions:

    • 8.7i (patch 5).
    • 8.8 (patch 2).
    • 8.8 (patch 4).

    These versions are supported for Windows Server 2003 (R2) SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, and Windows Server 2008 (R2) with/without SP1.

    For more information, please refer to the McAfee release notes.

    Warning: If you plan to use the McAfee antivirus software, first install Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.6 on the server. Then, proceed with installing the antivirus program.

  • AVG

    Supported versions:

    • AVG 9.0.

      Warning: AVG 9.0 auto-protect scanner blocks viruses from loading, but cannot delete them. To delete viruses, run a virus scan in the %vz% folder.

    • AVG Anti-Virus 2012.
  • Sophos Anti-Virus

    Supported versions:

    • 9.5.1 (Windows server 2008 R2 only).
  • Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection

    Supported versions:

    • 2010 through build

Additional information

Under certain circumstances, the node may encounter a 'Blue Screen of Death' as a result of the installed antivirus software. Check the following article for a workaround:

  • KB #118786 Antivirus causes node crash on PVC node.

For antivirus compatibility with other versions, see these articles:

  • KB #120963 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Containers 6.0 for Windows.
  • KB #6446 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5.
  • KB #2226 Antivirus software compatibility with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0.

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