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Server Security 8 on Server 2019: nagged by Windows Defender updates


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Recently we got some Windows Server 2019 Standard boxes, which we fully patched. Afterwards we installed Server Security (currently at version 8.0.12003.0).

We've noticed that in windows update we're constantly reminded to install intelligence updates for windows defender. Looking further, Windows defender seems to be still enabled. This happens on all of our 3 server 2019 systems.

Shouldn't ESET have registered itself as the security application? How can we fix this?

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7 minutes ago, carmik said:

Looking further, Windows defender seems to be still enabled

EDIT: correction, defender is disabled but is shown as an active AV application. Defender-provided cloud protection is enabled, as is automatic submission to MS...

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Server Windows OS do not contain the Security center known from consumer Windows. To my best knowledge ESET products v8 and older disable Defender via its settings as well as the appropriate Scheduler tasks so if MsMpEng.exe is still running, probably disabling Defender failed. I'd recommend raising a support ticket for further investigation.

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Opened a ticket with local ESET support who stated the same thing, ie you have to either remove the Windows defender role on Windows server, or gag it manually or through gpo...

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