How to Enable or Disable Forefront Protection for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective detection of viruses, worms, spyware and spam by the use of multiple scanning engines from various leading security partners. You can configure Forefront protection to scan all the inbound and outbound (incoming and outgoing) emails for spams, viruses, worms, etc. and block / reject or redirect such emails to a dedicated mailbox. Sometimes we may want to temporarily turn of the Forefront protection, for e.g. to perform some mailflow testing or upgrading or patching the Exchange Server. The below steps will show you how you can turn off and turn on Forefront Protection 2010.

Disabling Forefront Protection for Microsoft Exchange

Step 1: Open Command Prompt with an elevated administrator rights. To do that, Right Click on Command Prompt >>> Run as >>> Administrator

Step 2: Navigate to the Forefront Protection Directory from Command Prompt: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange Server
(Or the appropriate path previously defined)

Step 3: Type: FSCUtility.ex /disable

Enabling Forefront Protection for Microsoft Exchange

Step 1: Open Command Prompt with an elevated administrator rights. To do that, Right Click on Command Prompt >>> Run as >>> Administrator

Step 2: Open Command Prompt with an elevated administrator rights. To do that, Right Click on Command Prompt >>> Run as >>> Administrator
(Or the appropriate path previously defined)

Step 3: Type: FSCUtility.ex /enable

Other Useful Commands

FSCUtility.ex /status = to check the status of Exchange Server in environment

FSCUtility.ex /remove = to remove Microsoft Forefront Protection’s registry keys

FSCUtility.ex /regmon = to register FSCMonitor

FSCUtility.ex /unregmon = to unregister FSCMonitor

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