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Alexander Zammit has been developing server applications for over 15 years. Most of his works involve Exchange integrated applications, including a FAX server, a mail security product and anti-spam products.
The Exchange 2013 Management Shell provides a number of scripts and cmdlets for administering Malware Protection. When it comes to managing filter updates or enabling/disabling the filter the shell is our only administrative interface.
To force a filter update we have a dedicated script:
This wraps the Forefront cmdlet Start-EngineUpdate that we already met when discussing Enable-AntimalwareScanning.ps1
Sometimes we may need to check if the automatic updating service is working. This is when we need the Forefront cmdlet:
Most importantly it provides us with the last update date/time and the current update version.
Another cmdlet encountered on enabling/disabling the filter was:
You may find the Enabled property useful when verifying the enablement status of the filter.
The Malware Filtering Policy discussed in Exchange 2013 Malware Protection - Part 1 is configurable using the MalwareFilterPolicy Exchange cmdlets:
Again this is an Exchange cmdlet so loading the Forefront snap-in is not necessary. Looking closely at the returned properties we can see that almost all of them are configurable at: Exchange Administrative Centre | Protection | Malware | Default Policy, with the exception of:
Exchange Administrative Centre | Protection | Malware | Default Policy
These allow us to disable filtering for inbound and outbound messages.
Although many would have preferred Microsoft to continue providing on-premises Forefront, others will be happy to get an important piece of this product out-of-the-box in Exchange 2013.
Today we used the shell to manage the Malware Filter. This is the administrative interface of choice whenever managing updates. Amongst others we saw how to enable/disable the filter, start an immediate filter update, configure the updating frequency and verify the current update version.
Exchange 2013 Malware Protection - Part 1
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