In this article, I’ll show you how I exclude a folder from being scanned by Windows Defender Antivirus on Windows Nano Server 2016.
With the release of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has made Windows Defender available for free on all Windows Server 2016 editions Including Nano.
By default, Defender Is not Installed on Windows Nano Server 2016, If you need to Install please use the following article Install Windows Defender AntiVirus On Windows Nano Server 2016
In my case, I’ll exclude my Virtual Machines folder located in C:\VMs and I’ll use the cmdlet set-mpPreference:
To exclude C:\VMs I’ll use the cmdlets below:
Add-MpPreference -ExclusionPath C:\VMs\ -Verbose
To confirm and review I’ll use
To remove exclusion use
Remove-MpPreference -ExclusionPath C:\VMs\