If you’ve just upgraded to Windows Home Server 2011, one of your first points of order will be to hunt for virus protection for the new server. And…. you’ll find that’s not so easy.

Today, none of the anti-virus vendors are offering dedicated products for Windows Home Server. Kaspersky have confirmed that their Small Office Security suite may work on WHS 2011, but the company will only offer support for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The company told us,

Windows Home Server 2011 is not officially supported by KSOS. That said, it MAY work without any issues, but we can’t fix or support any issues that arise from it. [Supporting WHS] is always possible, but given that small businesses are the intended users for KSOS, I don’t think it’s a priority.

Even Microsoft are refusing to support their own home server platform with anti-virus protection from Microsoft Security Essentials – try to install it, and you’ll be blocked.

However, all may not be lost. According to this post from a user on Microsoft’s WHS Forums, the support team from Avast! have confirmed that a version of their anti-virus application for Windows Home Server is in development.

Good morning,

Thank you for your reply and sorry for the confusion.  As per the message which Jakub sent to you, we are certainly working on the Windows Home Server for WHS 2011 and hope to release it as soon as possible though I cannot give a specific date at this point.

I hope this helps, if not, please don’t hesitate to contact me again.

Best regards,
Adam Riley
Third Party Support Manager

In the meantime, WHS 2011 owners, what security app are you using to protect your server?