Configuring the Realtime Scan Job - QS


Applies to: Forefront Security for Exchange Server

The Forefront Security for Exchange Server Realtime Scan Job runs on the Exchange server to provide immediate scanning of e-mail messages that are sent or received by the mailboxes and public folders resident on the server. This method of scanning e-mail messages in real time is the most effective method for stopping the spread of infectious file attachments. The Realtime Scan Job can be configured to scan message bodies as well as attachments. This feature is disabled by default upon installation, but can be enabled by selecting Body Scanning - Realtime in the General Options work pane. Message body scanning increases the time required to scan messages.

The Realtime Scan Job can be configured with scan job settings, antivirus settings, and run-time settings.


The Realtime Scan Job settings are also used by Background Scanning.

To configure the Realtime Scan Job

  1. In the SETTINGS section of the Shuttle Navigator, select Scan Job. The Scan Job Settings work pane appears.

  2. In the top portion of the work pane, select the Realtime Scan Job.

  3. In the Scan portion of the work pane, select the mailboxes and public folders to be protected. There are three options for making mailbox or public folders selections:

    • All   Scan all existing and newly created mailboxes or public folders.

    • None   Do not scan any mailboxes or public folders.

    • Selected   Scan specific mailboxes or public folders. When you choose Selected, the icon underneath the options becomes active. Click this icon to change to the listing of mailboxes or public folders on the server. You can choose each mailbox or public folder to be scanned by clicking its name. You can use the accompanying buttons to select all or none of the mailboxes or public folders. The +/- button inverts the current selection.


      Choosing all mailboxes or public folders in the selection window is not the same as choosing the All option in the previous window. An inclusion list is built from the selections made in this window. New mailboxes or public folders added after making this selection are not automatically included.

      To return to the main scan selection window, click the arrow in the upper-right corner of the mailbox or public folder selection window.

  4. Optionally, you can specify Deletion Text, which is used to replace the contents of an infected file during a delete operation. The default deletion text informs you that an infected file was removed, along with the name of the file and the name of the virus found. To create your own custom message, click Deletion Text.

  5. Click the Save button to save your scan job settings.